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 studentâ€™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 â€“ Jayne Hughes MCILIP
Monday 8.20am â€“ 4.00pm
Tuesday 8.20am â€“ 4.00pm
Wednesday 8.20am â€“ 4.00pm
Thursday 8.20am â€“ 3.15pm
Friday 8.30am â€“ 3.00pm
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 PCâ€™s, Laptops, Kindles and iPads.
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 â€“ Accelerated Reading Club
Monthly â€“ Reading Club
Event Programme 2018-19 â€“ 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 Womenâ€™s Day, NationalÂ Wellbeing Day, Holocaust Memorial Day etc.
- Author visits ( min 1 per year) â€“ March 2019, author and artist Curtis Jobling spoke to Years 7-9 in individual theatre talks and held a writing workshop for selected students.