Kirkby High School pumps six-figure investment into science, humanities and IT facilities

Published on: Thursday, 03-April-2014

Merseyside-based Kirkby High School has unveiled plans for a major redevelopment at its Southdene site offering pupils brand new, state-of-the-art science and technology facilities.

The Knowsley school will transform and upgrade 729.48 sq metres (7,852 sq ft) on the ground floor of its main building to create a new-look science block. Due to be completed by the next academic year, the new facilities will include three separate science laboratories, two food technology rooms, a technical preparation area and 'hard tech' area and learning resource centre.

Headteacher Bill Leyland said the planned renovation follows swiftly on from investment into humanities classrooms and a widescale overhaul of IT provision. He said the overall cash injection, which totals nearly £1 million across the three projects, is a signal of the school’s intent to drive teaching and learning experiences.Kirkby high school headteacher Bill Leyland

"From September, we will be able to offer our current pupils and the future generations of young people within our borough top-level science facilities." said Mr Leyland. "Construction work will be carried out over the next six months to create new, modern facilities and provide a significant upgrade on existing provision.

"We recognise the importance of studying sciences at a young age and the potential career paths it can send pupils down such as engineering and manufacturing. STEM subjects will be vital in the planned economic regeneration throughout the region. We want to ensure our pupils have a strong grounding in key skills so they can progress onto further education, training, apprenticeships or employment across our region’s growth sectors."

In addition, Kirkby High School has recently completed a major investment into humanities facilities and IT provision. The school has built new classrooms on the second floor of its campus to support the teaching of geography, history, religious education and science subjects. Projectors have been installed into the state of the art classrooms to support teaching.

Making up the trio of investment projects is the addition of new computers to the school. Suites of new flat screen desktops have recently been installed to ensure pupils benefit from the latest technology. Last summer, Kirkby High School recorded the best GCSE results in its history. The number of pupils posting five or more GCSE grades A*-C (including English and maths) rose by 8.7pc to 43.3pc.

Mr Leyland said the school was keen to continue building on this success and investing in the infrastructure was a vital part of this process, making the academy a flagship for educational excellence on Merseyside.

"Investing in our facilities is just one of the many ways we are developing Kirkby High School," he said. "Last year, we introduced a new behavioural code of conduct, written by the pupils for the pupils, and now we are investing in our bricks and mortar to create a more effective learning environment.

"We want to offer the best learning environment possible for our pupils as we recognise the importance of providing a top class education to give them the greatest start in life once they leave school at 16. We recently held a careers day focussing on opportunities in the sciences which complements our investment in the science block and humanities classrooms, in keeping with our belief of 'Excellence for All'."