"....a maximum of 4 books for a period of 2 weeks can be borrowed free of charge, a broad range of fiction....."
Learning and information centre
At Plume School the Learning and Information Centre covers the 3 sites. These are located at Mill Road for Years 7 and 8, Fambridge Road for Years 9, 10 and 11 and the 6th form College Library for Years 12 and 13.
FAMBRIDGE ROAD CAMPUS
The Learning and Information Centre at the Fambridge Road campus is situated in the centre of the school and is a new bright modern learning environment.
It offers many resources and facilities to both students and teachers.
Up to a maximum of 4 books for a period of 2 weeks can be borrowed free of charge, a broad range of fiction from many different genres are available and good stock of information books are available to assist with homework or for learning and leisure. DVD’s are also available for loan overnight, free of charge. Books can be borrowed from the other 2 sites at Plume School and collected if required; these can be viewed on the OPAC facility for searching for books and requested with a member of the Laic team.
Students are allowed in the LAIC each break time and lunchtime to take out books, use the computer facilities for homework and play board games.
On a Friday lunchtime at FRC there is a well attended Book group who discuss and read a broad range of books, follow the Carnegie Awards and participate in the Essex Book Awards.
Seating is available for 24 students at tables and a separate area has 15 flat screen up to date computers.
Resource boxes for most subjects can be requested by departments for use in lessons and a diary system is operated in order for teachers to book the LAIC to support and enhance teaching and learning.
MILL ROAD CAMPUS
The LAIC at Mill Road is vibrant and busy. It offers students an environment of both learning and fun to assist with the transition from primary school to a secondary education. The centre holds a large selection of books covering all levels and abilities. Upon entering Year 7 all pupils are given an induction lesson in order to understand the LAIC and how to use it and all the resources that are available to them.
There are also 8 computers available for pupils to use and every student automatically receives their own network account for internet and email access, this is throughout their time at the school.
A 1:1 mentoring scheme is also held in the LAIC during the school day and after school to develop and assist with learning.
The LAIC team run clubs at MRC –
Breakfast Club everyday from 8.00 am.
Homework Club - finish of school until 4.30 pm – Tuesday and Wednesday.
Reading Group - lunchtimes every Monday
Chess League and Tournament - break time and lunchtimes.
Top Form Challenge
Thursday lunchtimes. Year 7 & 8 compete against each other in front of an audience for the chance to be the annual Top Form and win the trophy.
6th Form College Library
The College Library is situated on the 2nd floor of the College building and is exclusively for 6th form students. It is a light, open spacious area with a very pleasant atmosphere which offers a superb learning environment. It is designed for the purpose of quiet study only, to enable students to focus on their coursework and revision. There are a broad range of books available from general fiction and classics to non-fiction covering all chosen options and subject areas. There are also 30 computers available to use. Students are allowed to take 6 books out on loan for a 2 week period with the option to renew.
The library can be booked by teachers to hold quiet study classes and a diary system is operated for this purpose.
Meet the Team
The LAIC team covers all 3 sites and work on a rota system. They are: Mrs Moss - Manager, Ms Bacon, Mrs Demes (6th form college library only) Mrs Hinton, Mrs Gaskin, Mrs Sherwin and Mrs Symons.