Everton FC free school nears completion(February 10, 2015)
Steve Rotheram, Member of Parliament for Liverpool Walton, joined Shadow Health Secretary and Blues fan Andy Burnham as well as Hillsborough campaigner Jenny Hicks at the new free school built by Everton FC, as construction workers added the finishing touches.
The Everton Free School first opened in 2012 and is currently based at the City of Liverpool College’s £35m learning exchange centre on Roscoe Street.
The new building, which is just six weeks from completion, will be based on Spellow Lane and will officially open next month.
The Spellow Lane facility will have room for 200 children aged between 14 and 19 who have either been expelled from their previous schools or are at risk of exclusion.
Steve, Andy and Jenny also took part in a question-and-answer session with the pupils.
Principal Philip Duffy said: “We are very near completion now. We want to have students in here after Easter.
“This is an incredible first for Everton – to have a purpose-built free school so close to the ground is really exciting.
“It will be a lift for the whole community on match days and other times of the week.
“It will be a vibrant, exciting school and we are all looking forward to a very profitable future.”
Mr Burnham added: “I’m very proud of what the club are doing.
“It brings together all the fantastic work the club has done in the community over many years.
“With the school being so close to the ground, it will be a fantastic example of what Everton is all about.”
The new building will contain a sports hall, drama theatre and a recording studio.