Hesketh Learning Resource Centre

There are over 16,000 resources in the HLRC comprising of books, magazines, newspapers, story cassettes, videos and DVDs. In addition, the HLRC has 17 computers, networked and with internet access. These are supplemented by 30 computers from the adjoining room C4 at break, lunchtime and after school.

Members of staff were delighted when the HLRC was awarded ‘Best Secondary School Library in Northamptonshire 2006/07’. This award recognised the diversity of the resources available and the breadth of activities on offer. In 2010/11 the HLRC was the runner up for the same award.

OFSTED in January 2010 called it a 'first-class learning resource centre'.

The HLRC supports individual students and teachers by providing resources on a wide range of topics. These may be used for class projects in lessons or for coursework and personal study. Current magazines and newspapers are available to give up to date news, views and information across a range of subjects and interests.

Year 7 students have fortnightly Library lessons throughout their first year. Other year groups receive Information Skills lessons on a variety of different subjects.

Several key events take place each year in the HLRC and students’ work from all departments is displayed on a regular basis. Events include Book Week with visiting authors and lunchtime readings, Kids Lit Quiz, National Poetry Day and the Carnegie Book Award Shadowing Project. Displays have given insights into learning experiences as varied as a robotics project and artwork, to events such as Sports’ Day, residential trips and work from the Primary Schools as part of the Year 6 transition.


Head of HLRC: Mrs J Romain

LRC Administrator: Mrs A Radley

LRC Assistant: Mrs H Middleton

Learning Mentor: Mrs C Higginbottom

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am – 4:45 pm

Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Accelerated Reader

This is the reading scheme students use in Years 7 & 8

To check on a student's progress with their reading, click on the link below and type in their user name and password e.g. user name - first letter of their first name and first four letters of their last name e.g. John Smith equals jsmit, password is first initial of first name and first initial of last name e.g. js. If you have any difficulties logging in, please ring the school on 01327 350284 and ask for the LRC.

To check on books at the correct reading level – you might have some at home, log in to this site.


Contact Us

Sponne School

Brackley Road
NN12 6DJ

Telephone: 01327 350284