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Redgate Primary wins Gold at National Teaching Awards

The Redgate Primary team accepting their Gold Award.Hot on the heels of Sefton schools’ successes in the Educate Awards, came the announcement that the Borough’s Redgate Primary has won gold at the National Teaching Awards.

The Early Years Team of the Year Award recognises those teams whose dedication and commitment have helped transform children’s early learning and development. These very early years of a child’s life are recognised as key in shaping their lifelong learning, development, and achievements.

Passion and enthusiasm

Redgate Primary’s team was described by the judges as having “a passion and enthusiasm for their work which is unmistakable. They embody why getting it right in the early years is so vital!”

You may have seen the school celebrating their Awards on the BBC’s One show but if not, you can watch it here.

Educate Awards

Earlier in November, Litherland High School won the The Communication Award, Maghull High School won in the Outstanding Commitment to STEM category and St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School won the Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Primary School category in The Educate Awards ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral.

Additionally Netherton Moss Primary School was named runner up in the Outstanding Commitment to the Environment and Stephanie Wardale from Hillside High School was runner up in the teacher of the Year category.

You can find out more about Sefton’s Educate Awards successes here.



Mayor of Sefton launches 2022 Christmas Toy Appeal

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Clare Louise Carragher, has today (Monday 21 November) launched the borough’s annual Christmas Toy Appeal.

You can watch our launch video here

Each year thousands of kind-hearted Sefton residents, council staff, partners and community groups donate toys, gifts, vouchers and stocking fillers to some of the borough’s most deserving children to make their Christmas extra special.

New and unwrapped toys, gift vouchers, toiletries, pyjamas and stocking fillers for all ages are needed and welcomed as part of the appeal. Gift cards and toiletries are especially welcome for older children and teenagers.

Gifts and vouchers can be dropped off at several locations across Sefton:


Tesco Supermarket, Hawthorne Road, Litherland, L21 8NZ

Asda Southport, Central 12 Shopping Park, Derby Road, Southport, PR9 OTY


Council Libraries

Bootle Library, 220 Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 3EN

Crosby Library, Crosby Road North, Waterloo L22 OLQ

Meadows Library, Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB

Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby, L37 4AN

Atkinson Library, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB


Leisure Centres

Bootle Leisure Centre, Washington Parade, Bootle, L20 5JJ

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, The Esplanade, Waterloo, L22 1RR

Netherton Activity Centre, Glovers Lane, Netherton, L30 3TL

Meadows Leisure Centre, Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB

Dunes Leisure Centre, Esplanade, Southport, PR8 1RX


Online Drop Off

Gifts can be bought online and delivered to: Sefton Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal, Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle L20 7AE.


Cash Donations

This year, cash donations will also be accepted via bank transfer directly to The Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Fund account by using the following details:

Reference: Mayor’s Toy Appeal 2022

Account Number: 382 96 888

Sort Code: 60 20 23


Cash donations must be made by 14th December 2022 and online gift donations delivered by 19th December 2022.


Volunteers from Sefton Council will distribute all presents to children and young people throughout the borough on behalf of the Mayor.


Cllr Clare Louise Carragher, the Mayor of Sefton, said:

“For many of our families across Sefton, Christmas can be a time of real pressure and hardship. Each year thousands of people and organisations across the borough kindly donate gifts to ensure we can give everyone some festive cheer.

“With this Christmas set against the backdrop of the cost of living crisis, more families in Sefton are likely to need this support. We know that many are struggling right now but I hope our Sefton community will come together to give what they can to support our appeal.

“All donations are welcome no matter how small and we are looking for gifts for all ages from babies and toddlers to older teens. We’re also accepting cash donations directly into the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Fund account, and these funds will be used to purchase gifts that are most needed.

“To ensure my elves can get the right gift to the right child please make sure any gifts donated are new and left unwrapped.”


To find out more about the Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal please visit

Sefton Council recruiting School Crossing Patrols to keep children safe on borough’s roads

Sefton Council is recruiting School Crossing Patrols to fill this vital position within the community, keeping children safe on the borough’s roads. 

The local Authority is appealing to parents or guardians who may have the time to dedicate to this role.

School Crossing Patrols are employed to provide a safe passage across the road for children or anyone needing assistance at a designated site.

They operate at the start and end of each school day and the role is term time only.

On offer for this much valued service is payment of £10.60 per hour plus travelling expenses where applicable. Successful candidates are also entitled to holiday pay plus a retainer fee (half pay) when the schools are closed for half terms etc. There is no upper age limit.

If you, or anyone you know would be interested in these vacancies please call The School Crossing Service on 0151 288 6153.

Sefton businesses being invited to free ‘Better Branding Through Storytelling’ event

Publicity flyer for Better Branding Through Storytelling eventLocal businesses are being invited to a Better Branding through Storytelling event in Southport on Thursday 17th November.

Organised by the Council’s InvestSefton team and Southport-based content marketing agency Hatter’s, the event takes place from 9.30am until 1pm at Southport Eco Centre.

More than logo and colours

Hatter’s owner Sarah Jackson said: “Branding is so much more than just a logo and some colours.

“It’s the impression you make, and the way you make people feel. The most successful businesses are those that build their brand around a story, and consistently tell that story in every aspect of how they communicate and present themselves.

“This session will help people understand how to build a brand story and share it in the right way.”


Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “I would urge Sefton businesses of any size and from any sector to sign up for this free event.

“It will be a great opportunity for local businesses to learn more about what goes into creating a successful brand that’s memorable and then how to project and share that brand effectively.”

InvestSefton is Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service.  It offers free information and advice and access to a wide range of services. It is there to help any business, of any size, in any sector.

To book a place, people can call Dom or Sharon from InvestSefton on 0151 934 3452 or email

You can find out more about InvestSefton here.


Sefton Council agrees extra Energy Rebate funding for eligible families

To ensure as many Sefton households as possible benefit from the national Council Tax Energy Rebate Scheme, the Council is making payments to thousands of eligible families with children.

Today’s Sefton Council Cabinet meeting agreed the payments for families in Council Tax Band A to H properties that receive means-tested Council Tax Reduction.

Families with one or two children will receive £18 and families with three or more children will receive £22.

These payments will be in addition to the payments of £20 and £30 that the Council has already made to these families through the Energy Rebate scheme.

Funds will be credited to people’s accounts where we have their bank details, or their Council Tax accounts where we don’t and we will be writing to them to tell them which way the will receive the money.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said:  “We want to make sure that as much as possible of the remaining money available from Energy Rebate Scheme, is distributed to Sefton households facing rocketing electricity and gas bills, and further increases to prices in the shops.

“With an end-of-November deadline to spend the £109,000 of discretionary funding we have left, we have agreed today to make these extra payments that will help families with children, who are in receipt of means-tested Council Tax Reduction.”

In total, Sefton Council paid out around £15 million of automatic payments and, once these final payments agreed today are made, a further £708,000 of discretionary funding through the Energy Rebate scheme.

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