The Learning Centre aims to:
- Support the whole curriculum by providing a balance of books, fiction and non-fiction, and non-book resources appropriate to the school’s needs.
- Support and develop information literacy and research skills.
- Facilitate and promote reading for enjoyment and pleasure.
- Provide a relaxed and constructive learning environment where independent study, group research and reading for pleasure can flourish.
The Learning Centre contains around 9,000 books as well as newspapers, magazines and online resources. There are 16 computers for student use, a careers library, school stationery shop and it is the centre for student print services.
The Learning Centre staff are always looking for ways to support students in their learning and wider reading; they actively welcome students suggestions for resources and titles. They are assisted daily by a team of student librarians who help also run library events.
Thamesmead’s Virtual Learning Environment, Frog, is an important addition to the learning facilities available to students. Each academic department has a dedicated section on Frog in which they make resources and homework available to students. Frog is also used to allow effective communication between students and staff at key times. This can be as diverse as students asking for help or clarification with homework to making their Year 9 GCSE option choices online.
Library lessons are timetabled fortnightly for all year 7 and year 8 students in conjunction with the English Department; these support the school’s wider literacy focus, study skills as well as quiet reading. Other subject teachers across all year groups also bring their classes to the Learning Centre to use the resources.
Learning Centre opening hours
Monday to Friday 8.20am – 3.00pm