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Saturday 25 May 2013.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday (term time), 8:15am – 4:30pm.
Telephone: 01865 374971 ext. 167.
Learning Centre and Extended Schools Manager: Mr P Stocks.
The Learning Centre incorporates a collection of library books, along with ICT and other resources and is home to curricular and extra-curricular classes and activities that utilise the space.
Outside of booked lesson periods and organised club sessions the Learning Centre is open for quiet personal or small group study (reading, research, coursework and/or homework) from 8:15am before registration, at Break, at Lunch and until 4:30pm after school.
The Library contains over 9000 titles across Young fiction, Selected classics, Senior fiction, Non-fiction (including a separate 6th Form non-fiction collection) and Reference sections. You can search through these using the Learning Centre catalogue. Computers and netbooks are available to use along with the newspapers and magazines to look through. A stationery shop is open at break.
The Learning Centre Manager is more than happy to help with queries so don’t be afraid to ask.
Whether you’re looking for a specific book in the Learning Centre or trying to find information on a particular subject, it’s good to start with the library catalogue. It’s called ‘Alice’, it’s easy to use and can be found on the computer next to the Enquiry Desk. Otherwise there are plenty of signs around the Learning Centre to help you find your way around, and of course you can always ask the Learning Centre Manger for help.
Fiction books (Young fiction, Selected classics and Senior fiction) are currently arranged in alphabetical order by author surname; with Young fiction in alphabetical order within eight different genres. In the near future the whole Young fiction collection will be organised by author surname and will feature a ‘Genre of the Term’ and ‘Author of the Month’.
Non-fiction books (including the 6th Form Non-fiction collection) are arranged as per the Dewey Decimal Classification system, an internationally used numbering system that you may have seen in your local public library. There are signs and bookends to help you use this system and you can always ask for help.
Reference books are also arranged in Dewey order but are in a separate section because for a variety of reasons it’s not appropriate for them to be loaned out. These books can only be used within the Learning Centre. The section includes dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, atlases and oversize books.
Computers There are five networked computers, four of which can be booked for Break and Lunch use up to 24 hours in advance; the remaining computer acts as a quick print/access PC. Netbooks are also available to use within teaching periods.
Newspapers and magazines are available to look though and include various titles; for example, a daily newspaper, First News, Top Gear, National Geographic, The Week, How It Works and New Scientist
A library book account is automatically created for every new Year 7 pupil. Library cards are not issued; students just need to give their names at the Enquiry Desk when borrowing books. Pupils joining the school at any other time should visit the Learning Centre and speak to the manager who will check an account has been created for you. Up to two fiction books and two non-fiction books can be borrowed at a time for up to three weeks, before renewing is required subject to demand. We do not have a fine system in place, but those with overdue items receive reminders to form and if necessary will have letters are sent home.
The Learning Centre houses the school Stationery Shop which is open at Break. It sells a varied selection of stationery items that are required for school lessons; including calculators and trigonometry sets, as well as revision guides for KS3, G.C.S.E. and A level.
Extended Schools – club and activities
The Learning Centre is open from 8.15am and until 4:30pm to meet our commitment to Extended Schools provision. On a few occasions it is not possible for students to use the Learning Centre after school; please check with the Learning Centre Manager. The following clubs run from 3.20pm:
Monday: OX5 – Kidlington youth magazine. Please meet Stephen Milford in Reception at 3.20pm; they meet every week but use the Learning Centre on Week B Mondays.
Tuesday: Warhammer Club – War gaming, model painting and scenery making; for fans of the Games Workshop creation.
Thursday: FILMCLUB – Love movies? Watching them, talking about them and even reviewing them? Become a member and influence the choice of films we watch. Find out more at www.filmclub.org and use club code CCZ208A5 to join Gosford Hill School’s club. FILMCLUB is free and you could even end up at a film premier.
Learning Centre News
WANTED! Your Learning Centre needs you! Have YOU got what it takes?
Are you friendly, cheerful, reliable and polite? Energetic, enthusiastic and full of ideas?
Keen to help other pupils and staff? A good team worker? Calm under pressure?
The school needs you to play an exciting and important role in the day to day running of your Learning Centre. STUDENT LIBRARIANS will work at agreed break and lunchtimes in the Learning Centre and work closely with Learning Centre staff and other student assistants. Full training will be given. Visit the Learning Centre and speak to Mr. Stocks for more details and an application form.