When a questionnaire for parents two years ago revealed a desire for more after-school clubs, we were already running at least one club per teacher. So I looked for ways to broaden our approach.
Since then we've arranged for both Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs to run workshops with us, Lancashire Cricket Club has come in, the Judo Association has organised several events and a tennis coach has also run sessions, providing great opportunities for pupils.
We have also linked up with a teacher training college and students come in and run a wide range of clubs, from dance to science. Close sporting links with our local secondary school, Childwall, have provided further opportunities for Northway pupils, golf being the latest. There is no way we could normally offer primary pupils golf coaching and we are delighted with this project. I am trying to secure funding, so we can buy the equipment and run the programme ourselves.
We're convinced that by drawing on local initiatives and expertise, we are now providing a far greater range of opportunities for our pupils.
Paul Anderson is headteacher, Northway Primary and Nursery School, Wavertree, Liverpool