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Sefton Schools shortlisted in the Educate Awards

Six schools in Sefton have been shortlisted for a number of awards at this year’s Educate Awards.

  • Bishop David Sheppard CE Primary School in Southport is in the running for the Innovative and Creative Literacy Award.
  • Formby High School is shortlisted for Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider
  • Hillside High School, Bootle, is nominated for the Outstanding Arts in a Secondary School Award
  • Netherton Moss Primary School is hoping to bag the Outstanding Arts in a Primary School Award
  • Summerhill Primary School, Maghull, is looking to achieve the Most Inspirational Primary School accolade
  • St Oswald’s CE Primary School, Bootle, is shortlisted for Spirit of Enterprise Award, whilst parent support advisor, Julie McNally, has been nominated for Support Star of the Year Award.

The Educate Awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, is now in its seventh year and is the largest education awards in the North West. From inspiring teachers, superb support staff to innovative projects across the curriculum, the awards recognises the work of schools and colleges which are delivering outstanding education and helping students achieve their full potential.

Since launching in Liverpool in 2012, the awards has grown rapidly, now recognising schools and colleges right across the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

Commenting on the shortlist, Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, says: “We are delighted to finally reveal the shortlist ahead of the awards ceremony in November. This year’s shortlist includes schools and colleges from all across the region.

“The awards recognise the arts, careers, sport, literacy, STEM and so much more – we believe it’s so important to celebrate all aspects of school life and champion the teachers and school support stars who bring learning to life!

“Many congratulations and good luck to all the shortlisted schools in Sefton.”

In total there are 21 award categories, from Teacher of the Year, Career Aspiration, School Support Star of the Year and Outstanding Commitment to Sport. The winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony, which takes place on Friday 16 November at Liverpool Cathedral.

Associate sponsors include Winstanley College, All About STEM, Liverpool John Moores University, CER, Progress Schools, Liverpool Learning Partnership, School Improvement Liverpool, The Foundry Agency, LSSP, The Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt. Revd. Paul Bayes, DMR David M Robinson Jewellery & Watches and BMD Law.

Midge Ure brings his new tour to The Atkinson

Scottish music legend Midge Ure returns to the UK theatre circuit in early 2019 with a special concert experience – Midge will tour his Songs, Questions and Answers in the UK from March to May 2019.

25 years ago, Midge presented a theatre show with a Q&A element to it and in 2019 he will revisit that concept with an updated version entitled “Songs, Questions and Answers”. Each show will entail a Q&A element and a musical element.

Accompanying Midge are his multi instrumentalists Cole Stacey and Joe O’Keefe. Stacey and O’Keefe will also open the show playing their own original material as India Electric Company.

There is plenty to talk about too while covering a 40-year professional career from Ultravox, Midge’s solo work to Band Aid and his Orchestrated CD from 2017 as well as anything else the audience can think of to ask him.

Midge will perform songs from the Ultravox catalogue alongside his solo work. There will be an opportunity for suggestions from the crowd to pick a song for him to perform. The show will be a selection of material that will satisfy the fans and please the curious. It’s not often the audience gets to suggest the playlist.

The tour arrives at The Atkinson on Saturday 20 April and tickets are £20 and selling fast! To book please visit or call Box Office on 01704 533333 (booking fees apply).

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Carragher and co wish Bootle a big Happy Birthday!

A host of famous faces have joined residents across Sefton in wishing Bootle a very happy 150th birthday.

Liverpool FC star Jamie Carragher, fashion designer George Davies and radio legend Jimmy McCracken are just some of a group of well known Bootle born celebrities who have paid tribute to their hometown on its landmark birthday

From Monday October 22 to Saturday October 27 all eyes will be on Bootle as the town celebrates its 150th year of incorporation with a week long series of events, talks, celebratory party and the unveiling of a special exhibition.

It’s part of a number of special occasions across South Sefton as both Bootle Strand Shopping Centre and the Girobank building mark their fiftieth birthdays.

Bootle’s 150th celebrations will include the unveiling of the refurbished Town Charter which was signed in 1868 and has not been seen by the public for decades.

LFC and England legend Jamie Carragher said: “I’d love to wish Bootle a very happy birthday on its 150th.

“I’m sure there’s another 150 of them to come and I’d like to say Bootle has played a major part of my life and everybody else’s life around here. Thank you.”

Broadcaster Jimmy McCracken recalled some of his fondest memories of his hometown, adding: “People go all over the world and say they are from Liverpool, but not me.

“I go all over the world and say ‘I’m Bootle, me.’ There’s nowhere I would rather come from than Bootle. I would love to say a big happy birthday.”

Sefton’s Mayor, Cllr Dave Robinson, was delighted to also receive well wishes for Bootle from world renowned fashion designer and Bootle boy George Davies, as well as football journalist John Keith, who launched his best selling international football show from Bootle Town Hall.

An exhibition displaying artefacts from Bootle’s history will be open from 10am-5pm on Monday-Friday (October 22-Friday 26).

Scavenger hunts for children and tours of Bootle Town Hall, done personally by the Mayor of Sefton on Monday 22nd & Wednesday 24th at 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm will also be held.

The full list of ticketed events at the Town Hall are:

Monday 22: Sefton OPERA 150th Themed Tea Dance (1.30pm)
Tuesday 23: North West Charity Singers (1pm)
Wednesday 24: ‘From Bootle to Broadway: It’s Coming Home’ Theatrical performance by SPACE Project (4pm)
Thursday 25: Bootle History Talk with Hugh Hollinghurst (10:30am & 2pm)
Friday 26: Waterloo & Crosby Theatre Group 150th Themed Bingo (7pm)
Saturday 27: 150th Celebration Party including Buffet, Bar & live music (6:30pm)

For more information or to book tickets please call 0151 934 2062 or email

Santander reveal fantastic £75m investment plan for Bootle

Santander today unveiled plans for a new, state-of-the-art campus, to replace our current offices in Bootle.

The new complex will represent a £75 million investment in the area and be home to over 2,500 staff. It will see Bootle become the contact centre and operations hub for Santander UK.

The current site is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month and today’s plans will be the first significant redevelopment since it opened in 1968. The ambition is to create a building that can become a hub for the local area with retail opportunities, sporting and social facilities and a public park. The new office space will be designed to encourage collaboration amongst staff and support their well-being.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “I am delighted that Santander have shown such a massive commitment to our communities with this major redevelopment.

“Since it opened 50 years ago, this site has provided employment, identity, and community and has been a big part of every-day life for successive generations right across the borough. This decision really endorses the value Santnder place upon their workforce, and the significance that Sefton Council places in working with major businesses and employers to bring about investment across our wonderful borough.

“I now look forward to working with Santander in delivering the new development, and providing employment, security and prosperity for future generations of our communities. Sefton is very much open for business.”

Chair of Santander, Shriti Vadera, said: “I’m delighted that we are celebrating 50 years in Bootle with this long term commitment to our people and the area. Bootle has been a significant part of Santander’s story and we see it as a crucial part of its future.”

Nathan Bostock, Chief Executive, Santander UK, said: “The new campus will be a place that people will be proud of and excited to come and work in. There will be facilities that will be open to employees and the people in the area, underpinning Bootle’s place at the heart of the local community.
“This building has had a fascinating history and with today’s announcement it has an exciting future to look forward to.”

Key features of the new building will include:

• An environmentally sustainable building designed around supporting the health and well being of occupants;
• A range of health facilities including a fitness centre, cycle storage and public park; and
• Retail and service opportunities available to Santander employees and the public.

Planning permission will be submitted to the Council in November and we are initially looking at building work commencing in 2019 and lasting through to 2022.

Major Lancaster Road redevelopment approved

Sefton Council has approved a major redevelopment of the former Birkdale School for Hearing Impaired Children in Southport.

In April 2017, Octopus Healthcare submitted a £35m investment proposal to redevelop 40, Lancaster Road, Birkdale. The application was given the green light last night (October 17) at Sefton Council’s Planning Committee meeting held at Bootle Town Hall.

The proposal includes the conversion and remodelling of the listed school building, with extensive repair and restoration of lost features.

Construction of communal facilities, extra care accommodation and improvements to the grounds will also take place, with the aim of creating 113 extra care apartments and associated facilities including a bistro, residents’ lounge, library and hair and beauty salon, as well as providing on-site care.

Cllr Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Building Control, said: “We have worked extremely hard to secure a sustainable and sensitive use for the former school and this application will safeguard such an iconic building in our wonderful borough.

“The successful application will seek to secure the building’s removal from the Council’s listed buildings ‘at risk’ register while also contributing to the removal of West Birkdale conservation area from the national ‘at risk’ register. We look forward to working closely with Octopus Healthcare as they conserve, restore and develop this fantastic site.”

The site was originally opened in 1901 as Terra Nova, a private boarding school, before it became the school for the partially hearing in 1948. It remained as such until 2003 when it was sold to developers and has remained vacant ever since. The building was made a grade II listed building in 1999.

Richard Dooley, Development Director at Octopus Healthcare, added: “The Octopus Healthcare development team have had a busy eighteen months working with Sefton Council to get this approval over the line.

“Being able to breathe new life into this iconic building and really giving it a purpose for the next 100 years is a great achievement. The environment we are trying to create will be a real testament to the future of elderly care.”

Octopus Healthcare is part of the Octopus Group and a leading investor in healthcare facilities throughout the UK and Ireland.

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