Bank View School is an outstanding special school for students with complex learning difficulties. It is based over three sites in Liverpool; Fazakerley, Croxteth and Speke. We cater for students from age 4 to 19.
We are committed to personalising our curriculum and therapeutic offer to meet all our student’s needs.
At our Long Lane site, in Fazakerley (which we occupied in Sep 2015) the accommodation and learning resources are excellent and maintained to a very high standard. It has a purpose-built science laboratory, food technology room, design technology workshop, vocational room, computing room, music/performing arts area and art class, plus a sixth form facility for 35 students. The sports facilities include a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and gym. Students have their own indoor and outdoor recreational areas including a common room and outdoor play/relaxation areas.
In September 2017 we expanded our provision to include primary-aged students. We now have 5 primary classes – two at our Fazakerley site and three at Croxteth Primary School. From September 2023 we will have an EYFS class based at Croxteth. All primary classes have easy access to an outdoor space. Through the OPAL play programme, the school has developed these spaces.
September 2023 saw the opening of our new provision based in Speke. The provision will cater for secondary-aged students with complex learning difficulties. Liverpool City Council have invested a significant sum of money to adapt the environment to meet the needs of students with special educational needs. The facilities at Speke are also excellent.
Speke has self-contained ‘pods’ which have classrooms, additional teaching and learning spaces and toilets. It has sensory spaces, specialist rooms for drama, dance, art, design and technology, food technology and science laboratories. It has a large sports hall, MUGA and sports field.
Students are supported across the school by the Wellbeing Hub where students can go when they need pastoral, emotional, therapeutic and academic support. The Wellbeing Hub provides reactive and proactive support delivered by a team of experienced mentors.
We are also offer a wide variety of therapies in school including the opportunity for students to be involved in mindfulness, relaxation techniques, and massage and play therapy sessions.
Students are offered a broad balanced education covering all aspects of the National Curriculum enhanced and supplemented by alternative curriculum experiences, lunchtime and after-school clubs as well as other extra-curricular activities such as residential experiences. As a school we place a great emphasis on the performing arts and cultural experiences.
Our new students come from a wide range of primary schools across Liverpool, in the main, because of the demand for places within the LA, fewer pupils now coming from outside the borough. We have a comprehensive transition programme which includes at least one visit to Bank View for parents and students before admission. Staff responsible for transition also visit the students in their primary schools.
From Year 7 onwards most students follow a mainstream secondary model with lessons being taught by a range of subject specialists. However, in partnership with parents, our most vulnerable students academically and socially can be placed in one of our base classes (there are 5 base classes – 4 for KS3 and 1 for KS4) class. These classes are taught on a primary model with students accessing specialist teachers in only a few areas.
We are extremely fortunate at Bank View to have fantastic staff who are committed to improving the life chances of all our students. We have high expectations of our students, we want them to enjoy and engage in their learning. We challenge our students but, more than that, we want them to challenge themselves. Our aim is to support them to overcome their barriers to learning so they attain and achieve their potential, educationally, emotionally and socially. All students enjoy equality of opportunity, regardless of sex, race or ability. Our aim is to provide an education which is relevant and worthwhile, preparing our students for the world of work and ensuring that they leave us as caring young adults who have developed positive attitudes and values and are respectful of others.
The school buildings are wheelchair accessible and we have a lift for disabled access to the upper floors at our Fazakerley and Speke site. Fazakerley and Speke also have comprehensive toileting and showering facilities for disabled people.
If you would like more information or would like to visit the school to see us at work, please do not hesitate to contact the school office on 0151 3305101 or email: email@example.com . We believe that education thrives best within a partnership of student, parent and school. Parental contact is actively sought and always welcome.
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Address: Bank View High School, 177 Long Lane, Liverpool, L9 6AD
Telephone Long Lane: 0151 330 5101
Telephone Speke : 0151 330 5173
Headteacher: Ms Juliette Gelling
Deputy Head teacher: Ms Claire Pattison