Bluebell Park recognised

Published on: Friday, 29-May-2015

Bluebell Park school in Knowsley has been named a Centre of Excellence after an assessment by Inclusion Quality Mark inspectors.

The school, on Cawthorne Walk in Kirkby, is a purpose-built special school which caters for pupils aged three to 19 who have a statement of educational needs and/or high level complex needs. This includes severe learning difficulties, physical, medical difficulties and severe Autistic Spectrum conditions.

Assessors from the Inclusion Quality Mark – a national standard which recognises schools that are committed to equality for all pupils – said: “Bluebell Park School is a fully inclusive school and it is simply outstanding.

“Immediately upon entering the school there is a sense of calmness, warmth and inspiration. It is clear that the school’s mission statement runs through all aspects of its work... ‘learn about our world, care for others and celebrate achievement.’”

The IQM report praised the leadership team for being forward thinking and committed to “ensuring the very best possible opportunities for all their pupils”. They applauded the way the school develops an individualised curriculum for each pupil, and said head teacher John Parkes was “forward thinking in his mission to challenge, motivate and succeed”.  The role of the school Governors was also highlighted, with assessors finding that they provide excellent support and challenge.

Inspectors concluded by saying that pupils enjoy lessons and school life at Bluebell Park and “clearly receive excellent care and support”.

Head teacher John Parkes said: “We are thrilled that the IQM assessors recognised the school’s absolute commitment to giving each and every pupil the very best opportunities.

“We are extremely proud of the fact that all pupils here receive a very personal experience at the school which is completely tailored to their specific needs.

“To be named a Centre of Excellence is an honour.”

Cllr Gary See, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said: “Congratulations to all at Bluebell Park on this important achievement.

“The inspectors were quite clear in their findings that the school offers outstanding care and support which, crucially, is tailored to each individual’s specific needs.

“We can be very proud to have a school like Bluebell Park in Knowsley.”

Bluebell Park boasts state-of-the-art facilities including a hydrotherapy and learner pool, Rebound Therapy room, Food Technology rooms, soft play and sensory rooms. The outdoor play area has been specially designed for the needs of pupils and includes a fully accessible playground.

Pupils have access to on-site nurses and a team of physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy services, whilst the latest technology such as iPads and other aids are used across the school.

More information about the IQM can be found on their website at