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Primary Extended Schools - Whole-Community Outreach

Published: Jul 2020
15 mins


Catholic Primary school, Our Lady, Star of the Sea, has been offering extended services to its community for more than a decade.

Situated in a parish close to the docks in Bootle, Liverpool, the school serves an area which has many single-parent families and high levels of unemployment. More than half of school's pupils are eligible for free school meals.

Local amenities and facilities are very limited, and there are no supermarkets, cash points, library or health centre.

To help to counter these challenges, the school has widened its support and has been active in the community since 1990.

This programme looks at how it offers out-of-hours activities such as:

  • Holiday clubs
  • A credit union, run by parents
  • A Parents as Educators scheme
  • A toddler group
  • A Fun4Kidz after-school club

The school also runs a breakfast club and crèche facilities. Most of the funding for these projects has been obtained from grants.

Headteacher Phil Gretton said: "For us extended schools are a way of rethinking a schools position in the community and how it can reach out to both parents and children."

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