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KSC acting headteacher Bill Leyland

KSC secures Barclaycard backing for educational workshops and international projects

Kirkby Sports College is strengthening a longstanding partnership with its local Barclaycard branch after receiving backing for a series of educational workshops and international exchange projects.

The partnership will see Barclaycard staff at the Kirkby site holding special mentoring and educational tutorials with KSC students.

Barclaycard is further set to match fund a series of school fundraising activities designed to generate more than £20,000 to support ongoing international work with African schools.

A group of 14 students and four teachers from KSC have just returned from Namibia after visiting Rehoboth High and Dr Lemmer secondary schools, as well as Oanob and Five Rand Primary schools. The were joined by 10 teachers from local primary schools in the Knowsley area.

KSC acting headteacher Bill Leyland said a core part of KSC’s ethos is to engage with nearby businesses and residents to bring the community together.

“This is a terrific example of how the education sector can work within the local community and create partnerships for mutual benefit,” he said. “We have a strong relationship with staff at Barclaycard Kirkby which has been developed over time. We place great importance on creating meaningful and longstanding links within the community to help improve opportunities for all. The work we are doing with Barclaycard this year will help to drive productivity both in the classroom and with projects outside the curriculum. We are delighted to be welcoming in staff members who will be holding workshops to teach students about banking and business skills. This will help to expose students to the real working world. It will encourage them to think about future careers and job opportunities as well as the importance of gaining key skills.”

Mr Leyland said the business partnership will also support KSC’s vision to engage with the international education sector. “The additional financial support being offered by Barclaycard will enable us to continue in our mission to work alongside our partner schools in Africa.” he said. “This work helps to give our students a greater understanding of the world. It further raises ambitions, expectations and broadens horizons.”

The Knowsley college, for pupils aged 11-16, is twinned with a number of schools in the Namibia region through the Africa Dreams and Teams project run by the British Council and Youth Sports Trust.

The African trip follows a visit by members of Rohoboth and Dr Lemmer secondary schools to KSC in May 2012. The visitors stayed with students’ families and enjoyed a whistlestop tour learning about Merseyside’s education system, lifestyle and culture.

Kirkby based Barclaycard analyst Jacqui Wright has played a leading role in the partnership.

“We have been working with Kirkby Sports College for a number of years as part of our Citizenship programme,” she said. “There is a natural link as many of the staff at the branch send their children to the school. We are delighted to be supporting the college in its bid to drive academics standards and raise aspirations.”

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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.

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