Tuesday 16 October 2012
The Prime Minister has hailed Everton Free School for its approach to helping the most vulnerable young people on Merseyside to improve their life chances.
Everton Free School, the first to be set up by a Barclays Premier League club, opened last month and will take up to 120 students aged 14-19 in its first two years, rising to a capacity of 200 boys and girls from year three.
It works on a referral basis, only accepting students who have been nominated by commissioners, such as other schools or the Local Educational Authority. Based at Liverpool Community College’s Learning Exchange it also has access to Everton’s facilities at Goodison Park and Finch Farm.
Speaking in an address about the Free School movement, David Cameron applauded the work that Everton Free School is undertaking.
“Groups of people, parents, teachers have come together to do something amazing," the Prime Minister said. “Schools like Everton Free School, for teenagers, some of whom were excluded from traditional forms of education, have been using the power of sport to teach responsibility and self-reliance."