With over 12,000 fiction and non-fiction titles, the Ashford Senior School Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is a learning hub for all year groups.
Located at the centre of the School campus, it spans three floors, with a designated Sixth Form Study Area on the upper tier, and private study and quiet reading zones for all year groups on the ground and first floors. In these areas students can also access computers, newspapers, magazines and academic journals.
To support our Learning Habits and to encourage independent learning, book displays and reading lists both reinforce and extend the academic content taught across faculties. The online catalogue is regularly updated and pupils are able to access nearly 300 e-books. LRC help is also on offer to all year groups when sourcing texts to support homework, project work or research tasks. Assistance is available for those students who are following EPQ and CREST Awards, and Study Skills sessions take place each year on research sources and materials, as well as how to use referencing in essays.
Year 7 students attend LRC induction sessions in September of each academic year. Our librarians also invite both day pupils and boarders to take part in reading initiatives to celebrate World Book Day and National Poetry Day, or to meet visiting authors when they speak at the School.
The Ashford School Reading Challenge is run jointly by librarians and the English Department from September to June. Now in its fourth year, the Reading Challenge encourages students to curl up with a good book and discover new literary genres. The Reading Challenge book lists are updated on an annual basis and additional titles can be ordered on request by pupils.