Learning Resource Centre

The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) provides us with a wonderful environment in which to work, study and learn and has never been so accessible.

Obviously for students to get the best out of the LRC a calm working environment is essential and certain standards of behaviour will be expected from students. Please respect others who wish to make the most of the facilities provided and use the LRC in a sensible and mature way.


LRC Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm

Students may borrow three items for two weeks at a time.

Students will need their smart card in order to borrow or renew items.

Students can access the LRC library software from any school computer by going on the Internet, clicking on ‘favourites’ then clicking on ‘LRC – Learning Resource Centre’. Here students may search the catalogue for books, reserve items and renew things that they have on loan. 


What Have We Got In The LRC?

  • Approximately 7,500 fiction and non-fiction books
  • 48 laptops and 7 desktop computers
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning facilities
  • Careers Resource Centre Library
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • State-of-the-art projection facilities
  • Selection of staff resources


Computers And Laptops

Computers and/or laptops are available for use from 8.00am until closing time every day.

During lesson time, computers are strictly for school work only. However, students may access  them for recreational use at lunchtime and after school.


Do’s and Don’ts Whilst Using the LRC

  • Always enter the LRC in a quiet and sensible manner. 
  • Do not bring food and drinks into the LRC. 
  • Keep noise to a minimum at all times. 
  • Move around the LRC sensibly. 
  • Do not use the LRC as a place to sit and chat. 
  • Remember that the LRC is a place to study and learn
  • Have all items issued before you leave the LRC. 
  • Bring any books you have borrowed back on time. 
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for any help that you need. 



If your child is in Year 7 or 8, they will be participating in the Accelerated Reader (AR) scheme. AR is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read. AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice, ultimately leading to an improvement in their literacy skills.

In order for the scheme to be successful your child should be reading for 20 minutes EVERY day as part of their English homework.

You can check on your child progress on the AR scheme by clicking on this link 'Click Here'

You will be asked for a username and password, this will be provided to you or you can collect it from Mrs Cheetham, Springwell's LRC Manager.




Some students in Year 7 and Year 8 are following the Lexia Reading Scheme once a fortnight in their English lessons. Lexia is a web-based independent learning system which is predominantly phonics-based. It begins at initial letter level and gets more difficult as students work their way up the levels. However, students are allowed to work independently and at their own pace.

Students currently following the programme have been issued with their own user name and password and can easily access the programme via the link please click here 'Lexia Programme'.

Lexia recommends that children should use the programme 2 to 3 times per week for 15 minutes per session in order to get the most out of it, we would welcome the support of parents/carers to ensure students are keeping this up.



Helen Cheetham

Resource Centre Manager