Education services in St Helens, Merseyside

St Helens is a town and Metropolitan Borough in Merseyside, England. The Borough Council is the area’s local authority,[1][2] and so is responsible for the development and maintenance of learning establishments in the region.[3]

The Children & Young People's Services[1] is the primary Department, with several sub-divisions responsible in part for meeting education needs and national standards:

  • Performance and Strategy[1]
  • Resources and Support Services[1]
  • Achievement and Inclusion[1]
  • Integrated and Specialist Services[1]

History of education authorities in St HelensEdit

From 1870 until 1902 the Education centres in the town and borough were operated by School Boards responsible for promoting and developing scholastic learning in the local area. The Education Act 1902 established grounds requiring the formation of a Local Education Authority responsible for the development and maintenance of schools within the Local Authority, superseding the School Board.

Between 1902 and 1988 St Helens LEA was responsible for monitoring and developing all the Boroughs schools and learning centres from pre-school through to Further Education establishments. The 1902 provision granted purview to monitor and provide overview to Religious Education establishments. The Education Reform Act 1988 relieved the LEA of its duties over Further Education establishments. St Helens Polytechnic / College became a corporation at that point.

The Children Act 2004 required the formation of the a Director of Children's Services,[1] drawing the Children's Services and LEA operating services fully under the umbrella of the Local Authority and abolishing references to an LEA.

The modern role of the education authority in St HelensEdit

The Council provides many services with regards to the operation of the schools within the borough[1] working closely with the schools in the formation of Governing Bodies.[4] The Council is also responsible for admissions,[5][6] transport[7] and library services.[8] The authority is also responsible for coordinating with other benefit departments for the operation and catering of school meals,[9] and the free school meal service.[10]

The Council provides several services in addition to schools.[1] Initiatives such as Adult education courses are operated from Libraries, schools, and education centres across the borough providing learning opportunities specialising in Adult Literacy & Numeracy, Computers, First Aid, Languages and skills for work.

Coordinating with other agenciesEdit

St Helens Council operates their education services in association with several Government and Private schemes and initiatives. The Council has coordinated with the Sure Start service.

The Building Schools for the Future scheme was involved in the redevelopment of Cowley Language School.

List of schoolsEdit

Further education collegesEdit

A list of Further Education establishments in St Helens:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "St Helens Council Departments". St Helens Council. Archived from the original on 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  2. ^ "Welcome to St Helens Council Website". St Helens Council.
  3. ^ "Education and Learning". St Helens Council. Archived from the original on 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  4. ^ "Governing bodies". St Helens Council. Archived from the original on 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  5. ^ "Primary school admissions". St Helens Council. Archived from the original on 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  6. ^ "Secondary school admissions". St Helens Council. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  7. ^ "Schools transport". St Helens Council. Archived from the original on 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  8. ^ "Schools library services". St Helens Council. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  9. ^ "School catering". St Helens Council. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  10. ^ "Free school meals". St Helens Council. Archived from the original on 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2010-07-31.

External linksEdit

Local authority & schemesEdit

Partner organisationsEdit

Education establishment homepagesEdit