The Independent Learning Centre

The Independent Learning Centre (ILC) offers excellent facilities to support students and staff at Lymm High School with the provision of traditional books and journals alongside the latest in computer and internet access. The ILC is a central learning base for lessons and research, as well as being a popular area where reading for pleasure and extra-curricular activities take place.

The ILC is open daily from 8.00 – 4.00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 8.00 – 3.00 on Monday and Friday. All students are encouraged to use the area for private study and quiet reading outside of lesson times. During the school day the ILC is used for cross-curricular lessons and by sixth form students for private study. A member of ILC staff is available to offer study skills advice and to assist students and staff with their research. The ILC staff are assisted by an enthusiastic team of Student Library Assistants from across the year groups.

Year 7 and Year 8 students attend bi-weekly literacy lessons in the ILC where they are given time to select and read books and to develop their ability to be independent learners and users of the ILC resources.  This foundation is developed throughout Key Stages 3 and 4 with cross curricular lessons and independent research projects all accessing ILC resources which include books, online resources, journals (including 14 Philip Allan Review titles), and DVDs. Key Stage 5 students are given a refresher session at the beginning of Year 12 to highlight support materials for their study and to promote and encourage independent research using ILC facilities to the full. Online, and reliable and age appropriate websites supporting all subjects can be accessed through Eclipse.Net.

Year 7-11 pupils may borrow up to 3 books for up to 3 weeks; Sixth Form up to 10 books for up to 3 weeks.

The online library catalogue Eclipse.Net can be accessed in school or at home at It provides access to over 900 weblinks along with details of over 12,000 resources held in the ILC including information books, fiction books (over 5000 modern and classic titles), journals, DVDs and audio books. Students are encouraged to recommend new titles which area added to the collection wherever possible. Eclipse.Net is supported with a free app for iPhone, iPad and android devices which gives access to the school collection and the individual’s account.

The ILC aims to:

  • be a centre for information in school
  • provide resources to support the curriculum and private study
  • promote a love of books and reading
  • help pupils to develop information literacy and critical thinking skills
  • provide a welcoming and well resourced area in which to study, read and feel comfortable

Extra-curricular events in the ILC :

  • Year 7 & 8 Cheshire Librarians Inter-School Book Quiz
  • Roald Dahl Day (September)
  • Annual Children’s Book Week (October)
  • National Poetry Day (October)
  • World Book Day (March)
  • Carnegie and Greenaway Award shadowing
  • Friday Lunchtime Film Club
  • Seasonal/topical competitions


  • Independent Learning Centre Manager: Ms J Timson BA MA
  • Independent Learning Centre Assistant: Mrs K Cheney