The Highcrest Academy

Welcome to the Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

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 3.30pm each school day, sometimes later. Students are welcome to come in to complete homework, read quietly, or study outside of lessons.

Students can borrow one book for up to two weeks. Sixth Formers can borrow two books for two weeks. All books can be renewed if they are not required by another student.

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. 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.

Currently there is a popular Year 7 Reading Club after school once a week run by LRC staff. Here students are encouraged to share their personal reading and discuss book related topics.

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 two weeks. They can access this 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 LRC is currently staffed by three members who are 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:

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: