Independent Study Centre

Academic excellence in a caring community

Mrs. S Leech – Independent Study Centre Co-ordinator

The Independent Study Centre underwent a major refurbishment in December 2017 as part of the schools strategy to:

  • Provide first-class facilities to support sixth-formers undertaking independent study
  • Promote literacy across the school

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 9.00 – 3.30

  • Sixth-formers have access to the ISC during their free lessons to study
  • Years 7-11 have access during lunch-time to quietly read and complete homework.


The Independent Study Centre works towards achieving the following aims:

  • To provide first-class facilities to support sixth-formers undertaking independent study
  • To support, in liaison with subject teachers, the delivery of the curriculum throughout the school
  • To enable pupils to be familiar with a body of knowledge and information retrieval skills applicable to a wide range of sources including books and the Internet.
  • To support teaching methods and to provide resources that allow all pupils (irrespective of their ethnic origin or academic ability) to have equal access to a wider body of knowledge and skills and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
  • To foster and encourage the enjoyment of reading as a leisure activity.


The Independent Study Centre has 30 computers plus desks for a further 60 girls to work on non-computer based study.  There is also soft seating available for girls who wish to sit quietly and read.

There is a book stock of 7,500 volumes divided into four sections:

  • Junior fiction for years 7 and 8
  • Senior fiction for year 9 and above
  • Non-fiction
  • Reference only materials including encyclopaedias, dictionaries and atlases.

ICT Facilities

The 30 computers have Internet access & are connected to the school Network so that pupils can access their files.  There are also printing and photocopying facilities available for a small fee.

Independent Study Centre Administration

The ISC is staffed by the Independent Study Centre Co-ordinator between 10am and 3pm.

An automated Library Management System is used to manage loans and returns of library books.

Independent Study Centre Bookings

Priority of the Independent Study Centre is given to independent sixth-form study.  Where there is no alternative venue for a meeting available the room can be booked by contacting Mrs. Leech.