When will this happen?
It is our intention for all work to be done over the summer/early autumn, so that the new school premises for Litherland Moss would be ready in October. It is likely that pupils would slowly move into the new facility by Christmas - Covid allowing.
Is this the two schools merging?
No. Litherland Moss and Litherland High would retain their own Headteachers, LGBs, staffing, curriculums, identities etc. etc.
It would be wrong to say that there would not be some cross working, but this is two separate schools working under one roof.
How much will this cost?
The anticipated cost will be significantly in excess of £1 million pounds.
Why can't Litherland Moss just have a new school?
The LA has tried to secure a new school building for Litherland Moss for a number of years. For lots of reasons, this has not been possible.
Given the financial uncertainty that we believe will follow Covid, we think it is important that another option is secured for the primary pupils. The building they are in continues to deteriorate.
Will there be more traffic? Will there be parking issues?
LHS is not fully staffed, nor is it full of students - and it has been built for many more students and staff.
That means the existing car park has plenty of capacity and traffic is less than was originally planned for. This means that the potential increase in traffic will be manageable.
Also, the walk for primary parents will only increase by about 300 meters for the people who will be impacted the most. This means we do not anticipate a significant change in how people already take their child to school.
Will class sizes at Litherland High Screen increase to make space?
No, class sizes will remain the same. Due to the number of students at LHS, the class sizes are determined by staffing not physical space. There are a significant number of classrooms that are not used across the school at any one time. The
Why can’t the £1m plus investment be used to build a new school for Litherland Moss?
This is something that has been considered in depth.
Using the Government’s benchmarking figures, a brand new school on the existing site would cost close to £4m. The Local Authority has tried to secure funding in the past, and securing funding at that level has not been possible.
Why are you making both schools less Covid secure by bring two groups of children together?
There are two important things to reiterate:
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