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School Crossing Patrol


As from 06-01-2016 there will be no School Crossing Patrol (SCP) covering County Road, Kirkby, near Westhead walk and Lylake road and unfortunately our service has no spare capacity to cover the crossing.

As from 06-01-2016 there will be no School Crossing Patrol (SCP) covering County Road, Kirkby, near Westhead walk and Lylake road and unfortunately our service has no spare capacity to cover the crossing.


The school crossing patrol vacancy will be advertised shortly and the position filled as soon as possible.


Patrick Titman

School Crossing Patrol Co-ordinator

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Stretton Way



L36 6JF


See diagram in the attached document here:  School Crossing Patrol



New Kirkby High School labs will be the perfect catalyst for young scientists

KIRKBY High School is providing the perfect catalyst for budding scientists after unveiling a block of new laboratories – forming part of a broader £1million redevelopment project.

The new labs feature dedicated testing areas for hands-on experiments along with modern desk space offering top facilities for all young learners.

Headteacher Bill Leyland, a former science teacher himself, said the development is part of a raft of school infrastructure and IT improvements.

He said: “To be able to consider science at college, university or as a career, children must first be able to experiment and see science in action. We now have three state-of-the-art labs designed to modern specifications to boost practical learning.

“The school is now well equipped to provide our students with a solid grounding in science studies. We have the facilities to carry out in-depth and rigorous experiments, which will greatly enhance the learning process. This investment will also enable us to coordinate the science department in one designated space rather than across various classrooms around the school.

“There are dedicated labs for each science teacher which also benefit from seating areas for brainstorming sessions and theory work, to help compliment and balance the practical testing areas – just like in industry. The pupils are already eager to get on their white lab coats.”

Plans for the six-month redevelopment project were announced earlier this year. The new science labs are located in ground-floor space previously used for both science and technology lessons.

Mr Leyland said the new arrangement has created a quieter and more effective learning environment, as different subject lessons are no longer taught in the same work space.

“Kirkby High School recognises the importance of teaching science from a young age and capturing the spark of interest which many young people show in the subject,” he said. “The life science sector is also thriving in the Liverpool City Region and holds great potential in the years to come.

“This investment in infrastructure reflects our ethos of ‘Excellence for All’. We want our students to be aspirational and to capitalise on the career opportunities available to them. Crucially, we also want to provide them with the facilities and opportunities to achieve their goals and make the most of their talents.”

In addition to the new science labs, Kirkby High School has created two new technology workshop/studios for textiles and graphic design.

In other developments, the school has invested in flat-screen computers and built new classrooms to support subjects including geography, history and RE. Furthermore, all classrooms have now been fitted with ultra-short throw projectors giving bright, crystal-clear images on whiteboards to enhance lessons.

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PICTURES show pupils in the new science labs and headteacher Bill Leyland with pupils during a lesson.

Kirkby High School celebrates record breaking results

Staff and students at Kirkby High School are celebrating after receiving the best GCSE results in the school’s history.

The school saw passes for five or more GCSE grades A*-C (including English and Maths) rising by 8.7pc to 43.3pc, up from 34.6pc last year.

Headteacher Bill Leyland said he was delighted with the results which show significant improvements on 2012 figures.

“These results are a sensational achievement for the community as a whole,” he said. The school’s headline figure of five A*-C including English and Maths rising to 43.4pc proves that our relentless drive to unlock potential and instil belief in the young people of Kirkby has got off to a flying start. The governors, staff, students, parents and wider community have fully bought into our vision of “Excellence for All”. Furthermore, overall 5A*-C has risen from 72.3pc to 85.2pc, ensuring routes to employment, further study or training are open to our community. I am immensely proud of our Year 11s and wish them every success in the future.”

Kirkby High School began working alongside Wigan based Hawkley High School, one of the best performing schools in the country, at the end of last year. It is now set to convert to an academy under the Rowan Learning Trust after an order was recently signed by the Department of Education.

Mr Leyland has been leading a vigorous campaign to drive widescale improvements since taking on the role as headteacher in January 2013.

“This is a significant chapter in the school’s history,” he said. “The college’s GCSE results in the four previous years have shown improvement at a gradual pace. Figures for students achieving five or more A*-C grades (including English and Maths) rose by 7pc between 2009 to 2012. In the last academic year alone we have managed to drive this figure up by a further 8pc, to a new high of 43pc. Today’s results indicate improvement at a more rapid pace. We now need to build on this solid platform to make our college an outstanding place for learning. There is a great sense of optimism at Kirkby High School, students and staff have been galvanised by today’s results and our culture of achievement and aspiration.”