The Ferrers School Aspire, Achieve, Acclaim

    Learning Centre

    Learning Centre Manager: Mrs P Brown

    Patron of Reading: Steve Bowkett

    July 2016:  Books borrowed - 2,000+

    "The Learning Centre is a centre of excellence in supporting the acquisition of and development of the basic skills." Basic Skills Quality Mark assessment, June 2014

    What are you reading?

    A careers book on "How to become a paramedic"  (Anna, Year 13)  - Perhaps it will help with my choice of career ...

    "The Secret Life of Bees" Sue Monk Kidd - America in the 1950s.   I'm enjoying it,  but it's not a page-turner  (Mrs. Clayton, Finance Assistant)

    The Learning Centre is situated at the heart of the school and is open throughout the day.  A wide range of fiction, non-fiction books and resources, newspapers, magazines and journals are stocked and our aim is to cover all curriculum subjects.  The school also make use of project/topic collections borrowed on a termly basis from the Schools Library Service. Specific resources for revision and careers information are available together with Kindle readers and laptops for student use.

    Students can develop their research skills, do their homework and borrow books to take home from the selection of up-to-date and popular fiction.  Mrs Brown, the Librarian, is able to help students with their research and provides lessons on study skills and effective research.

     During the summer of 2016, additional desk space and laptops have been installed to provide better study facilities for Sixth Formers during lesson times.

    The Ferrers School encourages all its students to read for pleasure and to make time for reading.  Mrs. Brown is happy to recommend books to students. Throughout the year, the School supports various national reading initiatives including "Bookbuzz",  "Readathon" and World Book Day.

    The Learning Centre i s a real hive of activity at lunch times - Chess Club, Scrabble Club, daily puzzles, word searches and other quiet board games are all available.  Book discussion groups regularly take place.  There is a weekly ‘Author of the Week’ and ‘Find the new books’ competition with prizes for the winners. Termly quizzes, competitions and author visits are regular features. 

    Homework Club runs after school Monday to Thursday and is open to all students.  It is an opportunity to use the computers, books and other resources or simply a quiet place to do some work.  Sixth Form students are available to help younger students with homework if required and refreshments are provided.

    "I love Homework Club, it is so helpful. The Sixth Formers are kind and will help you with your work if you are stuck" Demi-Leigh, Year 8

    "Homework Club has saved me in the past when the computer has not been working at home, it has been there for me to rely on." Karl, Year 11




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