‘The arts have a powerful impact’
Everton Nursery School and Family Centre school caught our judges’ attention because of its sustained service to the local area and its innovative approaches.
Of all the places the musicians of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra have played, Everton Nursery School and Family Centre must be among the most surprising. And yet, to these musicians, the setting is very familiar: the members work here with the children regularly.
“The music programme is a fantastic example of how the arts can have a powerful impact in the earliest years of a child’s life,” the judges say. “It was lovely to see the celebration of a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning that the setting achieves for its children.”
This outreach project, part of an effort to connect the young people in one of the most deprived areas of the city with the cultural spoils on their doorstep, is just one of the many initiatives that staff have set in motion to improve the lives of the young people they teach.
Other highlights include an extensive programme of outdoor education, a nurturing environment to provide support for students who are likely to find mainstream education difficult and diverse learning opportunities to ensure that the complex social, emotional and behavioural needs of many of the children are met.