Award-winning Aedas BSF school to close
Aedas’ Christ the King Centre for Learning in Huyton, Liverpool, is set to close - just two years after opening
The school, and six others in the neighbouring area of Knowsley, was commissioned under Labour’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme and scooped a British Council for School Environments in 2009.
The £24 million project features open-plan classrooms with retractable walls for ‘teaching flexibility’.
Former MP for Education Ed Balls opened the facility in 2009, describing it as ‘more than just a school’ and part of ‘the biggest transformation of education in the borough for two generations’.
With capacity to teach 900 pupils, only 500 pupils are currently registered to attend and has been struggling financially.
It has been suggested that the joint Roman Catholic – Church of England school has difficulties in attracting Catholic parents as they are prepared to send their children up to four miles away to a full faith school.
Damian Allen, executive director for children and family services at Knowsley council, said it was ‘an immensely tough decision for us to take, but sadly, given continually falling pupil numbers and the current financial pressures we face, this has been unavoidable’.
A committee will be meeting tonight (17 Janaury) to decide the fate of the building.