The Learning Resource Centre
Currently we also enrol our Year 7 and 8 students in the Accelerated Reader Scheme from Renaissance Learning, to encourage and extend personal reading. Individual targets are set and reading achievement is monitored with prizes and certificates awarded for success. More information on this scheme can be found by using the parent or student pages of the school portal.
The LRC is central to our students' learning and supports every area of the curriculum. We aim to help students become independent learners and enjoy reading for pleasure, both essential skills for life. Ultimately, we hope to develop students' expertise in finding and using information in both printed and electronic formats.
We have over 8,000 resources to support these aims in a variety of formats including books, CDs, Playaways (mp3 players), books on Nintendo DS format, DVDs, magazines and newspapers and subscriptions to online resources and databases including Issues, Essential Articles, Factfile, Scran, The Guardian and Observer Online Archive, Oxford Reference Online and E-Chalk. To login to use these resources, please use the LRC pages of the portal. The LRC also has 16 networked computers, all with internet access. All resources are recorded and catalogued using the Eclipse.Net management system and students can access this catalogue to search for items, recommended websites and manage their LRC account on any of the school's computers and by using the student portal. There are also two dedicated computers in the LRC just for this purpose.
We have over 8,000 resources to support these aims in a variety of formats including books, CDs, Playaways (mp3 players), books on Nintendo DS format, DVDs, magazines and newspapers and subscriptions to online resources and databases including Issues, Essential Articles, Factfile, Scran, The Guardian and Observer Online Archive, Oxford Reference Online and E-Chalk. To login to use these resources, please use the LRC pages of the portal. The LRC also has 16 networked computers, all with internet access. All resources are recorded and catalogued using the Eclipse.Net management system and students can access this catalogue to search for items, recommended websites and manage their LRC account on any of the school's computers and by using the student portal. There are also two dedicated computers in the LRC just for this purpose.
Every student and member of staff is automatically a member of the LRC, and resources are issued using Eclipse.Net with a biometric fingerprint recognition system. On joining the school, everyone registers their 'fingerprint' which is immediately converted into a unique borrower number. It is impossible to retrieve the fingerprint from the system as no image of this is ever stored, therefore it cannot be re-constructed as it only exists as a number. It has the advantage that students no longer need to worry about remembering identification numbers, losing borrower cards or getting them washed or tumble dried!
Students can borrow two items at a time. Books and audio resources are issued for 14 days and DVDs are loaned for 1 night (if borrowed on a Friday they need to be returned on the following Monday). Fines will be charged for overdue items.

The LRC currently has two members of staff. Mrs Wood is the full-time qualified Librarian and Mrs Berry is the part-time Library Assistant. LRC staff are available to help students with research or homework and to help and advise on reading choices. We also have pupil librarians who assist in the LRC and welcome any new volunteers (students log in to portal for an application form and job description).
Students undertake research in the LRC as part of their studies across the curriculum and may also be sent by their teachers to use the resources independently. We regularly organise author visits, book sales, quizzes and competitions, reviews, displays and promotions to encourage literacy and reading.  We frequently participate in shadowing national book award schemes and annually take part in the Hampshire Book Awards organised by Hampshire Schools Library Service.


As a school, we understand the value and importance of reading, and encourage our pupils to read at every opportunity, including during tutor sessions. Research shows a clear link between reading outside of class and achievement and improved success across the curriculum in reading, writing and spelling skills, ultimately resulting in improved grades at the end of secondary school and therefore future life chances. To encourage reading for pleasure, for 2012 (and in conjunction with the School PTA), we have enrolled in the Bookbuzz Scheme organised by The Booktrust. This scheme allows us to purchase a book from a specially selected choice of fiction titles for all new Year 7 students joining the school and giving them a book for free and to keep and use throughout their time at Toynbee.


"a friendly school, fantastic students,
impressive results"
Toynbee School
a specialist humanities school
Mr Matthew Longden - Headteacher
Bodycoats Road, Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 2PL
Tel: 023 80269026  Email: admin@toynbee.hants.sch.uk