The start of the new academic year has brought a new name on the Liverpool schools' landscape – the Academy of St Nicholas.
Formerly the Enterprise South Liverpool Academy (ESLA), the relaunched school forms part of the All Saints Multi-Academy Trust alongside the Academy of St Francis of Assisi and All Saints Sixth Form College.
A total of 790 students and 97 staff began the new term at the Garston-based academy where pupils benefit from a state-of-the-art £26million school building with facilities including modern ICT rooms as well as eight acres of outdoor space.
Head of school of the relaunched academy is David Lancaster, who has worked previously in Greater Manchester and, most recently, as head of two academies in Lincolnshire. Speaking at the beginning of term on 9 September, he said: "It's an exciting day as we officially open our doors at St Nicholas and get to work with ensuring we deliver the best possible outcomes for all our students. The staff and I are eager to get started and work closely with students, parents and the wider community."
On the same site as St Nicholas Academy is All Saints Sixth Form College. The 2017/18 intake will have the opportunity to study A Level and BTEC courses alongside a varied enrichment programme developing skills needed for the world of work. The dedicated Sixth Form College will provide high-quality careers advice, UCAS guidance and pastoral support also.
The executive headteacher of the trust, Anne Pontifex, said: "It's great to finally open the doors to All Saints Sixth Form College. We have welcomed students from right across the city who have joined All Saints to achieve their future aspirations. Everyone is excited to get started and give our students the best possible education."
For more information, go to: theacademyofstnicholas.org.uk