Kirkby High School
Knowsley, United Kingdom
About Kirkby High School
Kirkby High School, situated near Liverpool, Merseyside, is a mixed secondary school for young people aged 11-16. It has around 800 pupils and 90 staff and is part of the Rowan Learning Trust.
The school began life as Brookfield High School, merging with Ruffwood School to form Kirkby Sports College Centre for Learning, which was then completely rebuilt under the Building Schools for the Future programme. In 2013, Kirkby Sports College Centre for Learning was converted into an academy and renamed Kirkby High School.
Kirkby High School aims to inspire pupils through many activities and opportunities, including sport, with students training alongside Paralympic athletes and being encouraged to become Young Leaders. Extra-curricular activities include a wide range of after-school clubs, such as gymnastics, netball, football, dance and cross-country.
The school offers residential weekends to improve English and maths skills, alongside sporting and team-building events and overseas visits to support its modern foreign languages courses.
Our latest Ofsted inspection (December 2018) judged three criteria as ‘Good’ – effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment and personal development, behaviour and welfare. Inspectors highlighted the vastly improved leadership and high ambitions which has helped to improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ behaviour.
Mrs R Conefrey
Values and vision
Kirkby High School’s philosophy is “excellence for all”. Through sustained and rapid improvement, it is committed to ensuring that its school community continues to grow into a flagship of excellence within the region.
The school’s ethos is based on respect for all. It aims for students to be cared for, in a calm culture built on mutual respect, and to be encouraged to have the highest aspirations.
Creative curiosity and independent thinking skills are promoted and highly valued. Kirkby aspires for all its students to grow into mature, responsible, thoughtful and successful members of society.
As an NQT at Kirkby High School you are very well supported and are assigned both a subject and professional mentor who you are able to liaise with on both a daily and weekly basis. There are lots of opportunities to develop your teaching practice through CPD training and observations of other members of staff. It is a very welcoming place to work, where all staff are helpful and supportive. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year here and hope to continue to progress with my teaching career at this school.- Miss N Cowley, NQT 2016/2017, Drama and Music