Notre Dame Catholic College – the first school to benefit from Mayor Joe Anderson’s £169 million education investment programme – has been officially opened by Cities Minister Greg Clark.
The £15 million building on Great Homer Street in Everton completes the first part of the Mayor’s Investment Plan for Schools, devised as a rescue package following the scrapping of Wave Six of Liverpool’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project.
The funding – a combination of city council and Government money – was negotiated as part of Liverpool’s City Deal, and will see at least 12 schools receive investment.
Mrs. Frances Harrison, Head Teacher at Notre Dame Catholic College said: “There’s a lot of excitement around the College about Friday. We’re really looking forward to showcasing our state of the art facilities along with the talent we have through our performing arts pupils on the day.
“We’ve also made great progress in the last 12 months and Friday will be an opportunity for us to convey this to the visiting Minister Greg Clark too.”
“Notre Dame Catholic College is already two years oversubscribed and this is testament to the performance of the team around me and of course, our pupils and their dedication to learning and developing key skills. For example, the College is now in the top four in the Liverpool City boundary following A-level results this Summer.
“Ultimately, Friday will be a great occasion to formally thank Mayor Anderson and the city council for the support it has provided in partnership with the Archdiocese and the school Trustees.”
Mayor Joe Anderson enthused: “This is a great moment for the pupils and team at Notre Dame Catholic College and I am absolutely delighted to be leading the official launch with the Minister and my colleagues from Liverpool City Council.”
Notre Dame Catholic College will educate up to 1,000 pupils and employs 120 staff and has been built in just over 12 months on a site adjacent to Everton Park Lifestyles Centre.