Aquinas Resource Centre

About the ARC

The Aquinas Resource Centre, known as the ARC, is situated on the lower floor of the Newman Building.
It provides a comfortable, attractive and friendly environment in which all pupils are welcome to work and read.
A full-time professional librarian manages the development of the ARC’s resources and activities, and ensures that it reflects all curriculum areas, and provides a stimulating environment for readers.

The ARC is open before school from 8am and until 4.30pm for homework, research and reading.
The ARC is committed to encouraging independent learning as a lifelong skill and is involved in regular library research projects across the curriculum.

Resources and Facilities

Wireless laptop computers provide Internet and School Network access to all pupils, and are available throughout the day.  Sixth Formers have their own special collection of study materials and their own study space. The newspapers and magazines represent a broad range of subject and recreational interests, and pupils regularly offer their own recommendations and so play a vital part in shaping the ARC.

The ARC is also the place where pupils buy stationery and art supplies.  A photocopier and laminator are available to use, and we also loan out a variety of audio-visual equipment. The careers service, Connexions, maintains a small library of careers information here, and uses the ARC as its base in school.


Pupils are encouraged to read at every opportunity.  The ARC keeps up with the best of modern fiction, and through participation in the Birmingham KS3 Reading Award and the national Carnegie Reading Award,  pupils have the opportunity to read and judge a wide range of fiction. The Aquinas Reading Award recognises pupil effort and achievement.
Visits out to meet writers, and creative writing, poetry and cartooning workshops enrich pupils’ experience and stimulate their interest in reading.