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Thinking and Learning Centre

Our Thinking and Learning Centre (TLC) provides first class learning support for students and staff at the Academy.   The TLC is based on the second floor of the school, providing stunning views of the schools greenfield site and a calm atmosphere conducive to study, research and recreational reading. 

The TLC boasts an extensive range of fiction and non-fiction covering adventure, the animal kingdom, crime, fantasy, family history, humour, law, mystery, romance, science fiction, short stories, sports, geography, languages and, material for the burgeoning young adult.

We plan to rotate our offering of literature on a regular basis and have several new titles this term.

Several PCs are available for use by students to create, research, access Show My Homework and take further study.  A small ‘shop’ offering stationery and resources is available.

At St Marks we strive to enrich and contribute to the academic careers of all of our students and therefore have recruited student helpers / librarians, established book and reading clubs – parents welcome – competitions, quizzes as well as other fun yet educational clubs and activities. 

We want to ensure that, by the time students leave the Academy they are ready to tackle life’s rich tapestry of opportunities, most importantly can draw upon their academic learning as well as drawing on the skills and foundations established throughout the year groups in other areas of the academy, including the TLC.


Term time weekday opening times:

08:00 - 08:30 (pre-coaching time)

10:30 – 10:50 (Break)

12:30 – 13:05 / 13:20 – 13:55 (lunch 5a & 5b)

15:00 – 16:00 (after school)