|£150m vision of schools
future, Mar 20 2008 by Ben Turner, Liverpool Echo
|THE ECHO today brings you the first
glimpse of how a £150m transformation of
Knowsleys high schools will look.
exclusive images come as the council
revealed design details and launched a
pupil-fronted campaign to raise awareness
of the major revamp. It is replacing all
its high schools with seven learning
centres by 2010 under the
governments Building Schools For
The Future (BSF) scheme.
artists impression shows Prescot
and Whiston Community Centre for Learning
a combination of Whistons
Higher Side comprehensive and Prescot
school. It will open on the site of
Prescot school in September next year.
||The other is Halewood Centre
for Learning which replaces Halewood
comprehensive and opens in 2009
possibly as early as April. Today it was
confirmed the schools, intended to be
used by the whole community, will
- Separate bases for
different year groups which will
include terraces for outdoor
teaching and activities.
adaptable teaching areas
such as retractable walls to
cater for a modern
curriculum and keep up with
any educational changes.
- Atriums designed to
utilise natural light at the
heart of each school. These will
be used for group work and
- Specialist teaching
for each site, ranging from
business to languages.
warehouses with the
latest equipment for science and
technology, art and food
details emerged as the council launched
an awareness campaign championing the
benefits of the transformation.
featuring pupils, staff, parents and residents
with the theme Centres for learning
inspiring, exploring, achieving are being
displayed on buses, billboards and the school
Cllr Graham Wright, cabinet member for
childrens services, said: The very
best advocates for the new centres for learning
are the people who will benefit from them the
most. Weve involved staff, students and
others every step of the way because these are
their facilities and we wanted them to be the
stars of the campaign.