Welcome to the St Bede Learning Resource Centre
Welcome to the St Bede Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
The LRC is centrally located and aims to be a hub for the whole school community, providing a focused study environment, support for independent learning, and promoting a love of reading. It incorporates the core values of the school into all its work, specifically its Catholic ethos and Technology Status.
The LRC aims to provide relevant and varied resources to support the social, recreational and educational needs of both students and staff. These include a wide selection of fiction to suit different interests and reading abilities, information books to support both the curriculum and leisure interests, magazines, newspapers and online databases. Students are able to borrow 3 books at a time (6 for Sixth Form) and keep them for up to 3 weeks. The LRC also provides access to an online catalogue through its management system, Eclipse.net. Students can use this to check what resources are in stock, to access thousands of weblinks, and to check what items they currently have on loan. Access to the catalogue and to a number of online databases is via the LRC’s page on the VLE.
The LRC also supports students’ learning through technology, providing 15 computers and a laser printer. Sixth Form have their own study space which is designated a silent area. This room has a further 16 computers, as well as desks for individual study.
The LRC is open throughout the school day as follows:
Monday – Thursday
9.00 – 16.30
9.00 – 16.00
The Learning Resources’ Co-ordinator is available throughout the day to advise and assist with enquiries. A trained team of student volunteers provide extra support at breaks and lunchtimes.
All students receive an introduction to using the LRC in Year 7, and again in Year 12. Departments also bring classes down to use the resources throughout the year.
The LRC offers students the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities linked to reading. Events take place every year to celebrate World Book Day. In addition students are invited to join in activities such as reading groups, shadowing the Carnegie Award, participating in the Walsall Schools Book Challenge and Scrabble Club.