Learning resource centre

The Learning Resource Centre is open throughout the day for students and staff, offering an exciting range of fiction and non-fiction titles to support reading for pleasure and the curriculum. A Chartered Librarian is always available to advise students on reading choices and help with research. Two computer areas are housed within the LRC and teachers regularly book classes in for lessons.

All students in Years 7 and 8 follow the Accelerated Reader Programme which is designed to encourage and support reading for pleasure and comprehension skills. Students have a fortnightly timetabled reading lesson in the LRC in which they read books at their individual levels and take quizzes. Small group and 1:1 reading sessions are also arranged for struggling or reluctant readers.

A quiet reading area has been created, housing a range of comfortable beanbags for those who simply want to chill out and read a good book at break or lunchtime.

An after-school homework club takes place in the LRC on Monday to Thursday until 5pm, as well as two lunchtime clubs – ‘Oakreads’ Book Group on a Wednesday and the ‘Burgess Hill’s Best Book Award’ group on a Monday.

Students are welcome to search for and borrow books for personal reading via the Eclipse library management system. However, they remain responsible for the safekeeping and return of any resources. Whilst we do not charge fines for overdue items, charges will be incurred for lost or damaged books.


Get Caught Reading Week takes place every year in June and is celebrated in the LRC in a variety of different ways which include hosting visits from authors and illustrators, reading with primary school children, book fairs, competitions and raffles.

The ‘Burgess Hill’s Best Book Awards’ project has been introduced to replace the popular West Sussex Book Award scheme. It involves students from Year 7 working in partnership with Year 6 children from the local primary schools. The students read and vote on a shortlist of six books and get together at the Academy three times throughout the course of the project.

‘Oakreads’ book club meets every Wednesday lunchtime in the LRC to discuss and recommend titles and to take part in various shadowing schemes. The club is open to students in all year groups.

1:1 reading takes place every morning at tutor time in the LRC. This involves students in Year 8 reading with a partner three mornings a week and is a lovely start to the day.