ONE of Liverpool’s oldest schools could become a centrally-funded academy within months.
Sefton Park secondary Bellerive Catholic College – which dates back to 1844 – has expressed its intention to expand and bolster its community provision.
Today the top performing school, part of the Faithful Companions of Jesus international congregation of sisters, and headed by nun and OBE recipient Sister Brigid Halligan, said its intended change of status would build on its long-running success and “enhance the relationships with the Catholic community of the city”.
Bellerive decided to pursue the change of guise following an invitation from Education Secretary Michael Gove for outstanding schools to apply to become Academies which are free from local authority control, meaning they get funding directly from the government.
They can set their own curriculum, prioritise funding in areas they see fit and set their own catchment areas and staff pay and conditions.
The school confirmed consultation had now begun with parents who are being invited to air any concerns, following talks with trustees, the archdiocese, Liverpool council, union officials and staff.