The Highcrest Academy

Welcome to the Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

LRC Newsletter - Summer 2022

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Welcome to the Highcrest Library Instagram. We know graphic novels are very popular in the school, so here are our nearly moved graphic novels shelves


We have a purpose-built room which houses both a large range of fiction and non-fiction books, as well as access to desktop computers and iPads.

Students can use the LRC before school, break, lunchtime and after school. We are usually open from 8am until 4pm each school day, sometimes later. Students are welcome to complete homework, read quietly, or study outside of lessons.

Our stock of over 8,000 books is regularly updated and we welcome recommendations from both students and staff. We aim to stock the widest possible variety of authors and new books for our students to experience. Our range of graphic novels and manga continues to grow and remains very popular with the students.

The LRC also subscribes to the Bucks Schools Library Service which gives us access to specialist expertise and additional resources. The LRC staff are constantly in contact with other librarians and are aware of popular trends in the reading community.

We also recommend that students join their local Public Library as membership gives them access to a great range of printed and online resources beyond what can be offered at Highcrest.

Alongside the English department, the LRC staff run the Accelerated Reader Programme for Years 7 and 8 in conjunction with the English Department. All Year 7 and 8 students have a library lesson every two weeks during which students are encouraged to pick a book within their reading range, complete quizzes on them and continue to grow in their reading. Competitions (including the popular “Read a Million Words” challenge) are run to encourage students in regular reading and quiz passing. Click here to find out more about the Accelerated Reading Programme.

The Highcrest LRC also has its own online library, giving access to an exciting range of books for students. Each student is given a username and password to log onto the library, and they can borrow one book for upto two weeks. They can access the ePlatform and choose from over 1400 free books available to download onto a desktop, laptop, tablet, a Kindle Fire or even their phones. Click here to access the ePlatform.

The LRC uses several non-fiction texts, including First News , to help students explore the world around them and understand news. There is always a physical copy of the weekly newspaper within the library or click here to find out more:

The Library runs Book Chats across the school, encouraging all students and staff to share their love of stories and discover new authors recommended by their peers. There are also competitions all the time in the library for students to earn house points.

The LRC is currently staffed by a full-time Library Manager, who is able to offer support and guidance to students, both in their reading journey and finding resources to support their studies.

Year 7 Reading for Pleasure - click here

Year 8 Reading for Pleasure - click here

Year 9 Reading for Pleasure - click here

Online Resources:

Bucks Library Service:

Book Trust Book Finder:


Fantastic Fiction:

Audible have opened up their catalogue of audiobooks to students of all ages for free during lockdown. The site is organised by age groups, so finding the perfect story to listen to is really easy. They also have audiobooks in many different languages, so you can practice your Spanish, Italian, or learn a new language through your favourite story. There's no sign up required so you can start listening straight away. 

The Virtual School Library: The Oak National Academy and the National Literacy Trust have teamed up to share stories and authors during lockdown.

Each week a new author will be featured on the site. There will be a video chat with the author, one of their books to read for free, and some fun activities to do.

Check out their site for more information and start discovering our most popular authors. 

Author, Books and Readings:

David Walliams:

Harry Potter:

The Hay Festival 2020:

Patrick Stewart reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets: #ASonnetADay

Andy Serkis reading from The Hobbit:

Playlist of a variety of authors: