The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College Learning & Education

Learning Resource Centre

Welcome to the Learning Resource Centre. The LRC is more than just a library. As well as offering a large collection of fiction and non-fiction books, magazines and newspapers, computers can be used for homework and research. Students are welcome to print their homework in the LRC; this facility is currently free of charge. A Reading Cafe operates every lunchtime and a Homework Club operates after school until 4.30pm Monday to Thursday.

Students from all year groups regularly have the opportunity to attend author talks as well as participate in the annual Swindon Youth Festival of Literature and World Book Week activities.

Reading for pleasure is strongly linked to educational attainment as well as personal and social development. Positive reading habits are promoted and encouraged through the wide, current and free choice of reading materials available. Library lessons are a regular part of the timetable for the lower years, whilst R6 have regular seminars in literacy and study skills as well as a reserved part of the LRC so they are able to access resources whenever they want.

The LRC is a great place to be, whether it's for completing homework, reading quietly or just taking a breather from the hustle and bustle of school life. Mrs Day and/or Mrs Tonkin are always on hand, ably supported by the Year 10 Community Champions during break and lunchtime, so come on in and check it out!

LRC Newsletter February 2020 Download


In order to organise some useful resources, the LRC has created some useful "padlets" for students. The padlets are a user-friendly selection of resources that are fun, useful or of interest to the school community. It includes links to competitions, author readings, and other opportunities to gently keep students' reading skills alive. It is best viewed in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge and will be kept updated with new information:

KS3 Padlet - Year 7, 8 and 9

KS4 Padlet - Year 10 and 11

UPDATE - Remote Learning Reading Information


Audio books are a great educational tool in that students can get the benefits of the written word, anytime, anyplace, anywhere. The school’s audio book service is very easy to access using the instructions below, clicking here or visiting

• Click on the Audio Books icon on the Student Portal OR on your mobile device, download the “eWheelers” app on Google Playstore or Apple Store if you have an iPhone.

• You will be prompted to search for the school – click on The Ridgeway School & 6th Form College, then the student can login with their school sign in (the first part of their email address without the “” suffix) and password.

• Students are then free to browse the audiobook catalogue. Any audiobook downloaded can be listened to offline by clicking on the top menu filter for options, and whilst still connected to wifi, select “Store Offline”.


• The school Learning Resource Centre.

• If you have access to a Kindle, there are numerous free books available, including many Classics.

• Swindon Library Service is well worth joining. They have a massive range of eBooks, audio books, and e-magazines, all of which are available free of charge. Further details of their services and how to join the library can be found here:


Can be found on the school website using the following link:

If you or your student has a question about accessing any of the websites above, is unsure of their username and password, or needs any reading help or advice, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Day ([email protected]) or Mrs Tonkin ([email protected]) or [email protected].

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