The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at William Hulme’s Grammar School is a central hub for learning and enrichment. A hive of activity that sits at the heart of the school, the LRC can be found in the Zochonis building, adjacent to the English Department.
We are open daily, providing support in two main areas: independent learning and reading for pleasure. As a Read Manchester School Champion, with wonderful partnership agreements with Manchester Libraries and Read Manchester, we are committed to providing access to exciting and informative reading materials that will ensure our already thriving reading culture is maintained.
With a varied and constantly updated range of fiction and non-fiction titles, the LRC will have something of interest to help you foster a love of books and refine your reading skills. We also offer a range of extra-curricular opportunities that focus on developing wellbeing and wider involvement in literacy.
In addition to our varied book collections, we support homework and research needs through computer access and printing facilities, made available in our well-equipped IT Suite.
The LRC Manager, Miss Daly, is very keen to ensure we are a student-led library that takes pride in engaging our young people in a variety of creative ways. Students can become Library Prefects or Reading Buddies, they can produce their own displays to brighten the library walls, publish film and book reviews and even organise enrichment and charity events for their peers, often meeting authors and poets as a result. There is also the opportunity to get involved in a number of House competitions delivered by the LRC and the English Department, including ‘Book of the Month’ and ‘Poem of the Week'.
As well as working closely with teaching staff to guarantee we continue to stock relevant and appropriate academic materials to supplement the curriculum, we encourage our students to make recommendations of titles they would like to read or have read before and wish to make available for others to enjoy.
Above all, we want our students to access the resources they need easily and with confidence and strive to offer a learning environment that also serves as a welcoming space. With a bustling atmosphere and sense of community, the LRC really is the place to be!
The LRC is currently open for those students who continue to attend school during lockdown. We look forward to opening fully for the wider school community as soon as it is safe to do so.
Despite the necessary restrictions in place, we are offering a virtual library experience through our fabulous online Accessit library system which offers access to news, competitions, information and resources. You can find more details about the library system and search the library catalogue on the WHGS Accessit Online Library tab.
We are also working with a large group of students in Primary and Secondary Phase on a free trial of a brand new ebook service called ePlatform. We plan to roll this service out and offer whole school access in the coming weeks.
With many thanks for your support and understanding during this time.
We have a fabulous new library system at WHGS that enables a fun, interactive and visual experience for our students and staff.
With the Accessit Online Library, students can:
- Search for books, websites, journals and documents
- Request books
- Write reviews
- Find recommended reading lists
- Watch specially selected videos, including author events and stories
- Read literacy-related information and news
- Access competition details for Book of the Month and Poem of the Week
- View dedicated online areas for Primary and Secondary Phase
Visit the WHGS Accessit Web App and see what our virtual library has to offer!
You can search the site as a ‘Guest’ but in order to place requests, write reviews or add items to look at later, it is necessary to login with your school email address and computer password.
Try searching for a favourite author or book title in the box at the top of the page and you will be taken directly to the relevant resources on Accessit:
Once on the web app, if you’re not sure what to read next and would like some recommendations, have a look through the Quick Lists tab where you’ll find reading lists – such as Best Bookbuzz Titles and Diversity and Inclusion - organised according to interest or particular genre that could provide a starting point for your reading journey.
There are also reading lists for each year group, which can be accessed via Quick Links or by downloading the printable pdfs from the Reading Lists tab above and following the links within the document.
For more information on using the Accessit web app, have a look at the short video below:
If you have any questions about using the WHGS Accessit web app, or would like to know more about online resources, email Miss Daly, LRC Manager.