The Prescotian Webzine

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 Knowsley’s high schools will look.
Our 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 government’s Building Schools For The Future (BSF) scheme.

One artist’s impression shows Prescot and Whiston Community Centre for Learning – a combination of Whiston’s 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 include:
  • Separate bases for different year groups which will include terraces for outdoor teaching and activities.
  • “Multi-purpose” 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 assemblies.
  • Specialist teaching for each site, ranging from business to languages.
  • Adaptable “warehouses” with the latest equipment for science and technology, art and food technology.

The details emerged as the council launched an awareness campaign championing the benefits of the transformation.

Posters featuring pupils, staff, parents and residents with the theme “Centres for learning – inspiring, exploring, achieving” are being displayed on buses, billboards and the school sites.

Cllr Graham Wright, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “The very best advocates for the new centres for learning are the people who will benefit from them the most. We’ve 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.”

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