Lord Derby Academy opens

Published on: Monday, 17-February-2014

The Dean Trust held an event to officially mark the opening of their new school in Knowsley, Lord Derby Academy, Seel Road, Huyton.    

The Academy, formerly Huyton Arts and Sports College Centre for Learning, was officially opened by its namesake, the Earl of Derby, on Monday, February 10. Also in attendance were the Mayor of Knowsley, Cllr Brian O’Hare, and the Chief Executive of Knowsley Council, Sheena Ramsey. Speaking at the event, Lord Derby explained that, having met the Dean Trust team, he was confident to put his name against the school.

Tarun Kapur CBE the Chief Executive of The Dean Trust said: “The reputation of The Dean Trust is second to none and our outstanding staff have supported many schools in the north west.  

“This is, however, different as The Dean Trust are bringing Lord Derby Academy into our family of schools and already there have been significant changes.”

The Dean Trust also has an outstanding Teaching School, Ashton on Mersey in Sale, which is at the centre of the operation, providing school improvement to all of their academies and schools.

Headteacher of the Lord Derby Academy, Mr Barry Bridden, has already made a significant impact during his short time in office. He said: “We base all that we do on traditional values; children stand behind chairs, wear their uniform with pride and always bring in the correct equipment to their lessons.

“Respect is paramount and this has resulted in a 3% increase in attendance and a huge decrease in behaviour issues.”

He added, "The Academy team will continue to work with Knowsley Council to ensure that standards are at the centre of every conversation. It was good to see so many Knowsley officials, primary Headteachers and councillors there to celebrate the opening of our Academy."

Chairman of the Trust, Mr Brian Rigby MBE, was keen to invite members of the local community to witness the changes that have taken place.

He said: “It is a credit to the new management team and staff that the school is already showing significant improvement. I urge parents to make every effort to visit the school during the school day to see for themselves what the reality is.”