Learning Resource Centre

Welcome to the Learning Resource Centre! At Goffs we believe that reading is central to our students’ success
and the LRC lies at the heart of the school. On these pages you can find out more about the LRC, as well as information on our wider reading activities and advice on how parents can support their child with reading at home. 

When is it open?

The LRC is open for student use every day: before school until 8.25am, break times, lunch times and after school.

What can I do in the LRC?

The area is designed to provide a quiet, comfortable space for study and independent reading. We have a large selection of both fiction and non-fiction titles including quick reads, graphic novels, a fantastic choice of challenging texts and several new releases. A few years ago our academy received a Stonewall accreditation and in the LRC you’ll find an up-to-date selection of books from the Stonewall reading list. In our well-resourced hub, you are guaranteed to find a genre that you will thoroughly enjoy.

Reading Clubs – ‘Hooked on Books’

We run a weekly Reading Club for Years 7, 8 and 9 called ‘Hooked on Books’. We meet every Wednesday from 12:20pm – 1:00pm (with the Librarian, Mrs Trippier). 

Here, you can choose your own book and genre, which means everyone’s book will be different! You will then have a chance to talk about your book, explain why you like it, share your favourite characters, and have the opportunity of sharing your rating of the book and author. You can also hear other people’s ideas and recommendations.

If you’re interested just come along every Wednesday at 12:20pm. 

Rise and Read

This is an opportunity for selected KS3 students to improve their reading skills, by using a guided reading structure to read aloud to our Sixth Former Reading Mentors. Here, students will read aloud from a book of their choice to help build their reading confidence and to establish a love for reading. Sessions run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8.15am-8.45am, in the seated area. In addition, we host events where we invite selected parents for a tour of the LRC, after which they are able to have breakfast with and read with their child. During these events, strategies are shared to help support our reluctant and struggling readers.

Can I take books home?

Of course! We encourage you to browse the shelves and find books you would like to borrow. This is for a period of two weeks, although they can also be renewed if you would like. 

What if I can’t find what I’m looking for?

Our Librarian, Mrs Trippier, will be happy to help you at lunch times. If you’re not sure where to find a book, if you’re looking for a reading recommendation or if you have any suggestions for a book you’d like to see in the LRC, she’d love to talk to you. 

What else is available in the LRC?

We have eighteen computers that you can use for study or research. You can also use them to log on and complete homework. The school has a subscription to JStor, a digital library of academic journals, books and primary sources. 

We also have chess boards and pieces which can be borrowed from Mrs Trippier.