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Learning Resource Centre

The Learning Resource Centre is popular, well used, comfortable and attractive. It is open throughout the school day and provides a supportive area to learn with a friendly and caring librarian. With a constantly updated collection of material to support school learning and help stimulate and develop new interests and create a love of reading, the Learning Resource Centre is a popular area for all.

The Learning Resource Centre is more than just books. It is an oasis of calm in the hectic timetable of a normal school day. Students can come into the LRC to read quietly, complete homework, research topics, or just sit quietly and chill before moving on to the next lesson.

The LRC is open

Monday – Friday 8.15am – 3.45 pm

The LRC offers the use of computers, printing and book loans. There is always somebody on hand to advise, help with homework and make suggestions for good reads.

We hold many events over the academic year including several author visits such as Cathy Cassidy, Dick and Dom, Sophie McKenzie, Cathy Hopkins just to name a few. We have competitions, quizzes and also celebrate World Book Day. We have also taken part in the Lancashire Book of the Year Competition.

Each year we take part in  the Lancashire Book of the Year

Miss D. Pollard

Miss D. Pollard

LRC Manager

I started to work in Libraries at the age of 16. When I had my children, initially I found it very difficult to find childcare but then an opportunity arose at Norden High school for me to redesign the LRC and make it a thriving environment for the pupils. My main motive is to get the children to read,  anybody who says they don’t like reading is an insult to me so I never give up on them. I always try my hardest to persuade them to try new authors and different genre, generally 9 times out of 10 I get a positive reaction and they take the initiative to read their own choice.

Millionaire Club

Destiny in Year 7 has read a total of 1,040,209 words. She likes to read books by Jacqueline Wilson and David Walliams.

Millionaire Club

Lilly has read a total of 1,061,512 words and enjoys reading books by JK Rowling and David Walliams.

Millionaire Club

Mohammed Year 8 has read an impressive 1,146,755 words. His favourite authors are Jeff Kinney, David Walliams and Roald Dahl.

Millionaire Club

Alexander in Year 7 has read a total of 1,017,507 words and his favourite books are The Cherub Series.

Millionaire Club

Jack in Year 8 has read 1,097,107 words, his really enjoys reading Harry Potter books.

Millionaire Club

Hamara has read a total of 1,432,139 words.Her favourite author is Rick Riordon.
Sophie Mckenzie

Sophie Mckenzie

Children's Book Author

Sophie McKenzie came to Accrington Academy to talk about her new books ‘Girl Missing’ there were over 250 children who attended this event and some lucky girls got to have lunch with Sophie. 

Here are some of her books:

THE MEDUSA PROJECT – FLYNN SERIES – SPLIT SECOND – GIRL MISSING SERIES – BLOOD TIES SERIES – ALL ABOUT EVE SERIES 

Jonathon Meres

Jonathon Meres

Childrens Book Author and Actor

Jonathan Meres came to Accrington Academy to talk about his new book ‘The world of Norm’ Jonathan was a really funny author and had the audience gripped with his tales. This was one of the best authors we have seen at The Academy.

We hope that he will come back soon!

Some of Jonathon’s books are:

THE WORLD OF NORM SERIES – SNOOZE YOU LOSE! – DIARY OF A TRAINEE ROCK GOD – LOVE DAD – THE BOG BAD RUMOUR

Jessica Ennis Hill

Jessica Ennis Hill

Elite Athlete and Author

We went to Silverdell Bookshop in Kirkham to meet her, she was lovely and signed everybody’s book of her biography with a smile.

Books include:

Unbelievable – From My Childhood Dreams To Winning Olympic Gold

Will Mabbitt

Will Mabbitt

Children's Book Author

This is author Will Mabbitt with Accrington Academy student ‘Callum Gilsenan’ who visited us in February 2016.

Will came to talk to over 200 pupils from various primary schools about his new books ‘Mabel Jones’ adventures.

Books by Will:

The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones – Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City – Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book

Dick and Dom

Dick and Dom

Childrens Presenters and Authors

Here is a picture from when Dick and Dom came to visit Accrington Academy  in March 2013. Over 240 school children attended this event.

Books include:

Dick and Dom’s Slightly Naughty but Very Silly WordsDick and Dom’s Big Fat and Very Silly Joke BookDick and Dom’s Christmas Jokes, Nuts and Stuffing!

Simon Mayle

Simon Mayle

Children's Book Author

This is author of the Shouty Kid books Simon Mayle who visited the academy in 2015. He talked to the children about his ideas of writing books and where he gets them from.

Some of Simon’s Books:

From the Shouty Kids Range:  How Harry Riddles Totally Went Wild – How Harry Riddles Got Nearly Almost Famous – How Harry Riddles Made a Mega-amazing Zombie Movie

 

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