An innovative Liverpool school has been given a gold star by the government.
THE Phoenix Primary School in Kensington
was the first fully inclusive school in the city and it has received a glowing report from education inspectors Ofsted, just two years after opening its doors.
The school opened in September 2002 following a merger between Birchfield primary and Acorn special school and teaches both mainstream pupils and those with special educational needs.
The Ofsted inspection described the school as an "innovative approach to truly inclusive education" and praised specific areas:-
The provision and management of pupils' personal, social and emotional development is superb This is an inclusive school that caters very well for pupils with special educational needs
Teachers have good knowledge and understanding of the subjects that they teach and have very good relationships with the pupils
Pupils demonstrate a great desire to learn The work to maintain and promote racial harmony is managed so well it seems to be effortless
Headteacher Paul Morrison said:- "This is a tribute to the hard work of all pupils and staff.
There is a tremendous environment within the school. It is a school wherein every pupil matters and each child is given the individual support they need.
It is wonderful to hear children commenting on how much they enjoy the school."
Councillor Paul Clein, Liverpool city council's executive member for education, said:-
"Phoenix primary was the first fully inclusive school in Liverpool and I'm absolutely delighted that the Ofsted inspection report recognises the hard work of everyone involved.
The report vindicates the strategy that we have undertaken."
Colin Hilton, executive director of education, said:- "This is well deserved recognition for a lot of hard work by staff in developing a new concept.
There are many challenges ahead, but the report demonstrates we have the team in place to deliver."
City's Population Increases
FIGURES released today show Liverpool's population has increased for the first time since the 1930's
The government's mid-year estimate for 2003 puts Liverpool's population at 441,856, a slight increase on the 2002 figure of 441,674.The 2001 figure was 441, 830.
"For three years running we have had roughly the same level of
population" said Councillor Mike Storey, City Council Leader:-
"It is clear that after decades of decline Liverpool's population figure is
And it is very encouraging that there has been an increase even if it is a couple of hundred. Although this appears to be a very small rise it has to be put in the context of the previous decade when we lost 10,000 people or even the 1970's when we were losing on average 10,000 people a year. It is a remarkable turnaround.
I am confident that the city's population will start to grow. We have already seen this in the city centre which has seen the number of people living there quadruple in the last few years.
With all the major developments taking place in the city, Liverpool is increasingly seen as a very desirable place in which to live. I am sure that we will attract more and more people and that people will want to stay here."
Liverpool's population in
1900 - 685,000
1937 - 867,000 (highest recorded)
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