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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

Huyton

Merseyside

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.”


Kirkby Sports College launches career taster courses with University of Liverpool

Kirkby Sports College recently joined forces with the University of Liverpool to kick-off a new initiative to give students taster sessions on a range of careers.

The Knowsley college for 11-16 year olds took a group of animal-loving students to the prestigious university for a specialist veterinary training course. KSC careers coordinator Jay Phoenix said the session signalled the start of a new campaign to drive student career ambitions and raise aspirations.

Mr Phoenix said the college aims to achieve this by teaming up with business and organisations in the Liverpool region which can provide crash courses on a variety of careers. Ten Year 9 students took part in the visit to the University of Liverpool, which has one of the best Veterinary Science departments in Britain.

Mr Phoenix said it is extremely rare for the department to grant such access to school pupils but they were treated to a detailed programme including a practical lecture to show the students what it takes to become a vet.

“The visit dispelled a number of myths about potential barriers to attending university,” said Mr Phoenix. “It provided the pupils good clear advice about how higher education works after college. At the same time it allowed them to gain a better understanding of all round university life.”

As well as a practical lesson the university’s Head of Faculty Professor Susan Dawson and Senior Lecturer Dr Neil McEwan spoke to the students. They told them about the qualifications they would need to achieve in their GCSEs and A Levels in order to be considered for the course.

Kirkby Sports College headteacher Bill Leyland said: “The students who attended the course are about to enter a critical two year period in their studies. This visit helped motivate and inspire by showing how the next few years can directly affect their chosen career path. Thanks to the time the university spent with them they know that to gain a place at the best veterinary school in the UK is within their reach if they work hard now.”

Prior to the visit the University of Liverpool sent a team of current students and recent graduates to Kirkby Sports College. They told the students exactly what higher education was really like and how they got there.

“They answered questions about finance, personal development, and gave advice on all the things young students worry about before university,” said Mr Leyland. “It has been a very worthwhile exercise and one we are looking to repeat as part of our on-going career taster course initiative.”

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Notes to Editors

Kirkby Sports College

Kirkby Sports College Centre for Learning was officially opened in September 2009, by Steve Munby, Chief Executive of the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services, and former Executive Director of Knowsley’s Children & Family Services.

Kirkby Sports College Centre for Learning provides secondary education for pupils aged from 11-16, for up to 1200 pupils, with a maximum intake of 240 places per year.

The centre was Knowsley’s third Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Centre for Learning to open its doors to pupils, so that they, along with the community, can access state of the art technology, as well as excellent facilities for sport, cultural and leisure activities. This centre specialises in sports and is a centre for excellence for maths.

Media contact: Polaris Media Management: Ben Pinnington Tel: 0151 550 4710 Mobile: 07887 562900 Email: Sam Pinnington Tel: 0151 550 4710 Mobile: 07919 010092 Email:


Kirkby Sports College head officially appointed as Ofsted reports further improvement

Kirkby Sports College (KSC) is continuing its mission to drive improvements after officially appointing a new headteacher who has delivered a second positive Ofsted report for the school.

Bill Leyland has been named the permanent headteacher at the Knowsley college after an academy order was signed by Department for Education schools minister Lord John Nash.

The news comes within days of a second positive Ofsted report which deemed the college to be making progress towards the removal of special measures applied in November 2012.

The college is currently working alongside Wigan based Hawkley Hall High School – one of the best performing schools in the country – with a view to converting to an academy in September 2013, under the Rowan Learning Trust.

Mr Leyland has been the college’s acting headteacher since the start of the year. In that time KSC has received two Ofsted monitoring inspections.

The latest report, following an inspection on May 14 and 15, says effective steps are being taken to improve the quality of teaching, while student behaviour continues to improve.

Furthermore, expectations of students’ performance have been raised by the introduction of robust systems for setting targets in each subject. The report also acknowledges that under the new leadership the college is emerging as a place of learning which students are increasingly proud of.

“Kirkby Sports College is continuing to make great strides forward,” said Mr Leyland. “We have a clear and straight forward strategy to drive excellence in teaching standards as well as student behaviour and achievement. We are focussed on nurturing growth, unlocking talent and building a better future for our students and the wider community. I am delighted to have secured my role as the college’s permanent headteacher. Alongside the management team, teaching staff and students we are united in our mission to consistently drive improvements.”

Commenting on new headteacher Mr Leyland, the report says: “In a relatively short time as principal you have inspired your colleagues and brought them to a realisation of what is possible in terms of high outcomes for students. You have united them behind your vision, which is encapsulated in the college’s mission statement of ‘Inspire, Believe, Achieve’.”

Officials say the school’s overall development plan has been strengthened since the last monitoring visit in February. This is being overseen by an Interim Executive Board (IEB) which replaced the school’s governing body.

The report adds: “The inclusion of appropriate milestones enables members of the IEB to monitor the progress the college is making towards achieving each of its targets. They hold regular meetings with senior leaders and provide an appropriate balance of support and challenge, holding them to account for the standards achieved by students.

“Senior leaders, the IEB and the local authority have worked together, effectively, to ensure the smooth transition of the college to academy status. Leaders and managers are well-prepared to assume their new roles as the college moves towards greater independence.”

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Notes to editors

Kirkby Sports College

Kirkby Sports College Centre for Learning was officially opened in September 2009, by Steve Munby, Chief Executive of the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services, and former Executive Director of Knowsley’s Children & Family Services.

Kirkby Sports College Centre for Learning provides secondary education for pupils aged from 11-16, for up to 1200 pupils, with a maximum intake of 240 places per year.

The centre was Knowsley’s third Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Centre for Learning to open its doors to pupils, so that they, along with the community, can have state of the art technology, as well as excellent facilities for sport, cultural and leisure activities. This centre specialises in sports and is a centre for excellence for maths.

Media contact: Polaris Media Management: Ben Pinnington Tel: 0151 550 4710 Mobile: 07887 562900 Email: Sam Pinnington Tel: 0151 550 4710 Mobile: 07919 010092 Email:


KSC rolls out internationally renowned outdoor learning project

Pupils at Kirkby Sports College (KSC) are being taught bushcraft and woodland skills as part of an innovative outdoor education project.

The Forest Schools initiative is designed to take schoolchildren from an urban environment and teach them new skills and the value of responsibility and self-reliance.

It provides an opportunity to develop confidence, independence, team working and problem solving, through hands-on learning in an outdoors woodland environment.

Ged Shutt, Director of Learning, Physical Education, Sport and Dance at KSC, said the scheme has been so successful KSC is now planning to develop the woodland behind the college into a permanent “Forest Schools” learning space.

Mr Shutt pitched the idea to the school after reading about similar initiatives in Denmark and Sweden producing positive outdoor learning experiences for children.

“I love the outdoors so when I heard about the Forest Schools initiative’s success abroad I investigated to see if there was a programme in the UK,” he said, “The school sent me on a course with Archimedes Training, which endorses the scheme over here, and when I qualified we began taking Year 7 pupils to Stadt Moers Park Country Park in Whiston.”

Each course, run by Mr Shutt and the Knowsley Green Space Rangers, lasts for one day a week, for up to two months. Pupils are instructed on a range of woodland activities such as building natural shelters, campfire construction, traditional woodland tools, woodland conservation and environmental sustainability.

“I have had pupils from every year group referred to me since we began this scheme,” said Mr Shutt. “We have helped a range of pupils from behavioural, confidence and concentration issues to rewarding good behaviour.

“When pupils first start on the course they initially just want to run around and explore the wood. So we encourage their natural curiosity but provide boundaries, safety and social rules to help let them settle in. Although we have schemes of work for the courses we run, the learning is learner-led. Activities and projects are suggested or demonstrated, but the pupils are not made to do anything. We find if the Knowsley Green Space Rangers and myself start an activity, pupils will naturally come over to investigate and the learning experience goes from there.

“We always make sure they are safe, but we give them space. If they come to us and ask, we will help them. For instance, after a while pupils learn if they can’t make a fire, they won’t have a hot drink or hot food. If they have a problem with a task, they can come to us and we help them assess why their approach has not worked this time and how they can plan to improve for successive attempts.  We don’t do it for them. The idea is that the pupils develop a sense of perseverance, self-reliance and responsibility for their learning. Characteristics and expectations that we want to instil in them, to support them through their studies at KSC and their lives.

“By the end of the course what strikes you the most is the stillness. There is a big difference between pupils doing nothing and being still. Most of the time these pupils have so much going on around them in school and their lives that they don’t get to experience time for quiet reflection or conversation.  To see sometimes very diverse groups working together calmly and co-operatively, sometimes even just sitting and having a quiet chat with each other over a campfire that they created, is very rewarding. The groups respond to the surroundings and the challenge very quickly.”

Mr Shutt said reports of behavioural incidents among pupils who have attended the Forest Schools initiative have fallen significantly. Now the college is looking to establish a permanent Forest Schools area on-site to open the programme up to more pupils across the whole curriculum.

“We plan to carry out a major clear-up of the woodland behind the college,” said Mr Shutt. “Once that is completed, the Forest School will maintain and manage the area as part of the programme. Successive groups of learners will take responsibility for the environmental sustainability of the woodland and it’s wildlife.

“Our intention is to continue to go off-site as well, to complement our established Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, so that pupils can add value to their CV and boost their employment prospects when they leave KSC.”

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PIC CAPTION: Ged Shutt, Director of Learning, Physical Education, Sport and Dance at KSC.

Kirkby Sports College

Kirkby Sports College Centre for Learning was officially opened in September 2009, by Steve Munby, Chief Executive of the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services, and former Executive Director of Knowsley’s Children & Family Services.
Kirkby Sports College Centre for Learning provides secondary education for pupils aged from 11-16, for up to 1200 pupils, with a maximum intake of 240 places per year.

The centre was Knowsley’s third Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Centre for Learning to open its doors to pupils, so that they, along with the community, can have a world class education with state of the art technology, as well as excellent facilities for sport, cultural and leisure activities. This centre specialises in sports and is a centre for excellence for maths.

Media contact: Polaris Media Management: Ben Pinnington Tel: 0151 550 4710 Mobile: 07887 562900 Email: Sam Pinnington Tel: 0151 550 4710 Mobile: 07919 010092 Email: