The ethos of the IRC mirrors the core values of The Ellesmere Port C of E College i.e. promoting social justice through excellence in education.

Key aims and objectives of the IRC

  • To develop a reading for pleasure culture within The Ellesmere Port C of E College
  • To create a stimulating and vibrant venue which acts as the hub for reading within The Ellesmere Port C of E College
  • To be inclusive and to meet the reading needs of all the members of The Ellesmere Port C of E College community
  • To support achievement and to develop student’s self confidence in themselves as learners through improved literacy levels
  • To provide enrichment opportunities, both cultural and spiritual, through reading for pleasure and associated activities


Library Manager – Jayne Hughes MCILIP

Opening Hours

Monday 8.20am – 4.00pm

Tuesday 8.20am – 4.00pm

Wednesday 8.20am – 4.00pm

Thursday 8.20am – 3.15pm

Friday 8.30am – 3.00pm


Library Facilities

10,700 books (5891 Fiction / 5006 Non-Fiction)

Fiction stock includes a Lower School section, Young Adult Library (Years 9-11), Sixth Form and Staff library plus a large selection of Manga, Anime and Graphic Novel titles.

Non Fiction stock covers all areas of the school curriculum and includes a well-resourced Wellbeing section.

The IRC has a fully automated Library Management System called Eclipse which allows students to access the full Library catalogue 24 hours per day. The catalogue includes access to thousands of websites checked for their academic value.

The IRC also has a range of fixed PC’s, Laptops, Kindles and iPads.

Accelerated Reading

All Year 7 -9 students participate in the Renaissance Accelerated Reader programme during their timetabled Library lessons. Students take a termly reading test which gives them an accurate reading age and are given a book level (ZPD) based on the result. Students then select reading books from the Library that match their ZPD to ensure they are finding books that they both enjoy and can successfully read and understand. Once the students have finished reading their book, they take a quiz to evaluate how well they understood the story. If they pass the quiz then it is a good indicator that they are on the way to make positive progress in their reading skills. If they do not pass the quiz then students discuss the issue with the Librarian and it may result in the student borrowing a slightly simpler book.

All students carry an Accelerated Reading library book with them at all time as part of their key equipment

Accelerated reader helps to build confidence when reading which in turn encourages students to read more and eventually take on more challenging books.


After school Clubs

Monday – Manga and Anime Drawing Club

Tuesday & Wednesday – Accelerated Reading Club

Monthly – Reading Club

Event Programme 2018-19 – key annual events such as National Book Week and Poetry Day (October), National Story Telling Week (January), World Book Day (March) and regular ad hoc events such as International Women’s Day, National  Wellbeing Day, Holocaust Memorial Day etc.

  • Author visits ( min 1 per year) – March 2019, author and artist Curtis Jobling spoke to Years 7-9 in individual theatre talks and held a writing workshop for selected students.