A last look at the old school
17 July 2009
Former pupils from two Kirkby schools due to be demolished took
a walk down memory lane before the bulldozers moved in.
The two campuses of Kirkby Sports College, at the former
Ruffwood and Brookfield schools, are to close for good this
Staff and pupils from both sites are moving into the new Kirkby
Sports College Centre for Learning near to Brookfield.
Open days were held at both buildings so that ex pupils and
staff could take a last look around before they are demolished over
Pupils have also produced a DVD, showing both schools, with
staff and former pupils talking of their memories.
They include former Liverpool FC star Phil Thompson and Aston
Villa player Denis Mortimer, who both captained their teams when
they won the European Cup.
Knowsley’s cabinet member for Children's Services, Cllr Graham
Wright, said: "This was a sad day in some ways as it was the last
time people could visit their old school.
“But it was also a happy one as pupils and staff are now coming
together in a marvellous new building that is at the forefront of
the latest developments in education.
“The open day has given people a chance to take one last look
before demolition begins, but the DVD means they can also take away
something that they can view for years to come.”
The new centre will begin operating in September. Anyone who
would like to buy a copy of the DVD showing both schools should
contact Kirkby Sports College on 546 6804 or Knowsley Enterprise
Academy on 545 1125.