The Dean Trust is delighted to announce the opening of their new school in Knowsley, Lord Derby Academy, Seel Road, Huyton.
At a special Opening Ceremony on Monday 10th February, which was attended by the Mayor and the Chief Executive of Knowsley Council , the Earl of Derby officially opened this new Academy and was keen to state that having met the Dean Trust team, he was confident to put his name against the school.
Tarun Kapur CBE the Chief Executive of The Dean Trust commented;
‘The reputation of The Dean Trust is second to none and our outstanding staff have supported many schools in the north west. This is however different as The Dean Trust are bringing Lord Derby Academy into our family of schools and already there have been significant changes’
The Dean Trust also has an outstanding Teaching School, Ashton on Mersey, Sale, which is at the centre of the operation, providing school improvement to all of their academies and schools.
The Headteacher, Mr Barry Bridden, who in his short time in office, has made significant impact said;
‘We base all that we do on traditional values; children stand behind chairs, wear their uniform with pride and always bring in the correct equipment to their lessons. Respect is paramount and this has resulted in a 3% increase in attendance and a huge decrease in behaviour issues. We believe that Lord Derby Academy will become the school of choice for Knowsley parents, just as our other schools within The Dean Trust.’
He added, “The Academy team will continue to work with Knowsley Local Authority to ensure that standards are at the centre of every conversation. It was good to see so many Knowsley officials, primary Headteachers and Members there to celebrate the opening of our Academy.”
Chairman of the Trust, Mr Brian Rigby MBE was keen to invite in members of the local community to witness the changes that have taken place.
‘It is a credit to the new management team and staff that the school is already showing significant improvement. I urge parents to make every effort to visit the school during the school day to see for themselves what the reality is.”
For further information or photo opportunities please contact:
Barry Bridden – Head Teacher – Lord Derby Academy, Tel 0151 477 8862
Tarun Kapur Chief Executive –The Dean Trust