Learning

The Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

The LRC is open throughout the day from 9.00am to 3.45pm and provides a wide range of resources and services including photocopying, scanning, laminating and binding. Students have access to 40 computers, with a booking system in operation at lunchtimes. LRC staff are on duty during the day to offer advice and assistance to students. There is also a team of student librarians who assist with library work at break and lunchtime. All students are automatically enrolled as members of the LRC, they are able to borrow up to six items at a time according to their year group, and may keep the various resources for periods of up to two weeks. The support of parents is sought in helping to ensure that books are returned on time. Should a book be lost or damaged an invoice will be sent home to cover the cost of replacement.

Click here to access the Academy's Library System


Firefly

Firefly is the academy's chosen VLE (Virtual Learning Environment.) It allows teachers to set homework and send notifications to students and classes and it provides the tools for creating a wide range of different content for use in learning. Students are also able to submit work electronically and can upload work to their own private area. Parents can use Firefly to see grade reports for their children.



Useful Links

  • BBC Bitesize The BBC offers excellent online revision aids for Key Stage 3, GCSE and AS Level exams in many subjects. These often tie-in with TV and radio broadcasts that you can record overnight and use at your leisure.

  • The National Education Network The NEN is the UK collaborative network for education, providing schools with a safe, secure and reliable learning environment and direct access to a growing range of online services and content.

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