The Learning Centre


The Learning Centre is a flexible area where all students are welcome. Students can utilise the space for quiet study, research, read for pleasure, complete Home Learning tasks or catch up with current affairs with one of the many publications. Sixth formers are encouraged to use the Learning Centre and its sixth form library for their independent studies. Teachers can also book lessons for years 7-11 utilising the computers for research and resource boxes that support our curriculum.

Learning Centre Manager

Mrs Hedges

Tel: 01865-374971 Ext 849


Suggested reading list for students

Click here to download a reading list.


Book Loans

Every student has a library account on our Oliver Library Management System. Each student is allowed to borrow a maximum of two books for a period of up to 3 weeks. Information about new books and Learning Centre events can be found on the Oliver homepage.

http://svr-oliver (only available from computers in school)

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday – 08:15 to 16:15

Friday – 08:15 to 16:00

Study Support – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after school.

Please pop in to the Learning Centre before school, during break and lunch or after school to complete your Home Learning tasks, play a board game or catch-up with friends.


Chess Club – Thursday lunch times @ 13:20. Please bring your lunch for a prompt start. There are competitive chess ladders for students to challenge each other and ‘climb’ if they win their match.


Desktop computers with internet and printer access

Fiction books are arranged by author surname, each book having a colour-coded sticker on its spine to coincide with a particular genre. The books are arranged in zones for reluctant readers, dyslexic students, classic novels, senior fiction, books for boys and new arrivals.

Non-Fiction Books are catalogued according to the Dewey Decimal System with each having a number on its spine and filed in number order.

Reference Books such as dictionaries, thesaurus and atlases are not to be taken home.

Publications include the daily i newspaper, The Week, New Scientist, Top Gear, How it Works, National Geographic and First News.

Board Games are available from the games trolley before school and during break and lunch. Chess is especially popular.

Stationery and Revision Guide Shop - Click here to download Price List


Library Catalogue

The Library Management System Oliver is available for you to access at school or from home to check current titles, authors, new books and their availability.

Patron of Reading – Ben Davis

A Patron of Reading is a school’s special, designated children’s author with whom the school forms a personal attachment. Ben will work with Gosford Hill School to raise the profile of reading for pleasure with pupils, parents and staff. If you have any questions you would like to ask Ben about reading, writing skills or have thought about becoming an author, please click on the Patron of Reading logo which will take you directly to  Ben’s website.


Year 8 Girls and Boys Reading Groups

A group of ten year 8 girls have been selected to read the ‘Sweetheart’ series of books by local author, Jo Coterill and a group of ten year 8 boys have been selected to read ‘The Private Blog of Joe Cowley’ by our Patron of Reading, Ben Davis. Both groups will meet at the start of each month in the Learning Centre to discuss the characters, plot and review their books. This will culminate in a visit from their respective authors whom they can put questions to and purchase signed copies of their books.


Gosford Hill School is fortunate to have a huge chess following and an excellent contact in Chess Master Carl Portman. Carl has visited us on numerous occasions to give his amazing Simultaneous Chess Demonstrations and student interactive match play on a giant, magnetic chess board.

Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge. Gosford Hill School enters individuals to the chess challenge during the spring. Matches are played in the Learning Centre to ascertain Gosford’s winners who can then go on to participate at area, regional and national finals depending on matches won.