Given the impact of the pandemic, one of the questions you may have is why is the Trust considering this at the moment ?
There are four key reasons:
1) The current situation at Litherland Moss
Because there was real hope that a new building could be secured, there has been a lack of investment over the last decade or so in the fabric of the school building. We have, however, now reached a critical point as the fabric of the building has deteriorated significantly. The key issues that need to be addressed are:
To ensure the building meets the basic standard will cost in excess of £600,000.
2) The national picture
While the Government are investing in some new school buildings, at this stage there is nothing planned for Litherland Moss. Given the financial impact of Covid, we believe that we have to look practically at a number of solutions to support the education and wellbeing of the Litherland Moss pupils.
3) The local picture
We are delighted that Litherland High School is getting more and more first choice applications. This year was a record!
That being said, there are an excess of places across secondary schools in Sefton because of lower birth rates. The reality is that LHS was built for more students than there are in the area, so there is space to give Litherland Moss its own area within the footprint of Litherland High School's building.
4) Covid actually makes this the right time to proceed
There is no denying that Covid has had a real impact on the education of our children and young people. We have to, however, not only respond to the challenges, but also grasp opportunity. There will, for example, be much we will continue to use in relation to online learning. It will make homework very different - and snow days may be a thing of the past!
The rationale for doing this now is:
The plans for the school would see in excess of one million pounds invested in the children of Litherland Moss. We would be going beyond meeting the basic standard.
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