demand for special school places
LIVERPOOL City Council is
improving and extending special schools to cope with increased
demand for places. The number of pupils attending special schools in
Liverpool has increased by eight percent since 2008, in line with
Better medical care means the number of pupils with severe learning
difficulties has increased by 25% since 2010; up from 231 to
336; because children with previously untreatable or life
threatening conditions are now able to attend school.
There has also been a similar percentage growth in the number of
pupils diagnosed with autism, due to improved assessment at an
Now, the City Council is acting to meet the demand as part of the
Mayor's Investment Plan for Secondary Schools. Redbridge High
Community Special School; judged 'outstanding' by OFSTED –
will have 30 additional places when it moves from its current home
in Fazakerley to a new £5 million building on Long Lane in early
The new building will replace existing worn out and cramped
facilities ; enabling it to increases its numbers from 90 to 120.
Also co-located on the site will be a new £5 million home for Bank
View High Special School, which will support up to 150 pupils.
Plans are being drawn up to rebuild Aigburth High School at a cost
of £5 million and spend a further £5 million relocating Millstead
Primary Special School from Wavertree to the site of the former
Campion City Learning Centre in Everton.
Work is also about to start on classroom extensions worth a total of
£2 million for Palmerston and Abbot's Lea Special Schools in Woolton.
Councillor Jane Corbett, Cabinet member for education, said:-
"We are seeing increases in demand for places due to amazing
advances in medicine and care, and better diagnosis of conditions.
Our children with the most needs deserve the best teaching in
quality buildings. We are responding to the increase in demand by
replacing worn out facilities with better quality buildings and
making sure we can cope with demand. The new schools will replace
existing tired and worn out facilities. They will enable our
incredible staff to teach pupils the full curriculum which is hugely
important to make sure they achieve their full potential. This
will further improve both teaching and learning, and build on the
already outstanding education that our young people receive."
The Mayor's Cabinet will be asked
on Friday, 5 April 2013, to approve publication of a proposal to increase
the number of places at Redbridge. Consultation has already
taken place with people living in the area and no objections have
The work on Redbridge will be funded by the Department for
Education's Priority Schools Building Programme.
the Mayor's School Investment Programme is coming from a mix of
borrowing, government funding and capital receipts from the sale of
surplus school sites.
New bike rides
LIVERPOOL people are being
urged to get active this spring, with a series of new evening bike
rides being offered as part of the City's free cycling programme.
Successful initiative Cycle Liverpool South, which already runs
free, guided bike rides every Sunday; is adding a new date to the
weekly cycling calendar, with extra rides being put on every Tuesday
evening at 6pm - from 9 April until 24 September 2013.
It's giving people the chance to take advantage of the lighter
evenings of spring and summer, get fit and healthy and discover the
City on 2 wheels.
Run by sustainable transport organisation Sustrans, the
family-friendly rides take in the sights and sounds of south
Liverpool, using local cycle routes to visit places like the Mersey
Promenade, Calderstones Park, Speke Hall and Speke Garston Coastal
The guided rides welcome cyclists of all abilities, with trained
volunteer cycle leaders on hand to help improve people's confidence
and develop their cycling skills.
Liz Connell, one of the volunteer ride leaders, said:-
"Cycling has changed my life! It has made me fitter and given more
energy. And it's such a sociable activity. I would urge anyone
who has been thinking about cycling to join one of our guided rides.
The fun I have with people of all ages is fantastic and the places
we have discovered are amazing!"
Cycle Liverpool's South's extended programme means the rides now
► Every Tuesday at 6pm - meeting at Mossley Hill Hospital Car Park,
Park Avenue, Aigburth.
Every Sunday at 10.30am – also
meeting at Mossley Hill Hospital Car Park.
► Rides last for approximately 90 minutes - except for the ride on the
last Sunday of every month, which is two to three hours long and is
designed for more confident cyclists who want to explore further -
visiting Liverpool Loop Line, Croxteth Hall and Hale Lighthouse.
► The rides are open to all, but under-18's should be accompanied by
an adult, and participants must have a roadworthy bike. If you don't
have a bike, a limited number of pool bikes are available to book in
advance by calling Alice on:- 07799 037044 or via
Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Climate Change and
Transport, Councillor Tim Moore, said:- "It's great news that
the Cycle Liverpool South programme is being extended for the spring
and summer. It will give local people even more opportunity to hop
on a bike, get out-and-about in South Liverpool, meet new people and
get some exercise.
Cycling is really on the up in this City at the moment and the
on-going success of these free cycle rides is further proof that
there's never been a better time to get on your bike."
For more information about all the free cycling programmes on offer
in Liverpool, visit:-
liverpool.gov.uk/cycling and see the 'Bike