Monday, 25 September 2017 10:07

Blog 1 Autumn 2017

Dear parents, carers and friends of Crosby High,

This is my first blog of the new school year and I am so delighted with the news I have to share.
We had only been back in school for a week when I received a letter telling us we have achieved the
Rights Respecting School award at Level 2. This is a demanding award to achieve with many areas to
exemplify (you can read the full report here) but having achieved level 1 in July 2013 we
were determined to go for level 2 as the whole ethos and focus of the award mirrors our vision and
beliefs and we felt all the elements of the award were so important to be in the education we offer
here at Crosby High. Examples of the focus areas are children knowing they have rights and that
their rights are important to us, children learning about their wider world and about global issues
and children being active, supportive and compassionate citizens who think and act for the support
of others.

Mrs O Donnell led the whole school in achieving this award, strongly supported by Miss Allen. There
is only 1 other school in Sefton who has this award and a special school has not been awarded this
high level in the whole of the North West for some time. We will be formally celebrating this award
in a special assembly on Tuesday 17th October at 2pm and we will be presented with the award by
Mike McSorley, a very senior figure in Sefton Education department and Head of Vulnerable
children’s Services. The newspapers will also be there. We can offer 40 places for any family who
may want to join us which will be on a first come first served basis. Please request a place with
Sandra Redwood.

My second piece of fantastic news starts with a big THANK YOU to you all. For the last 18 months we
have been fund raising for a new minibus as both our minibuses are very old (15 and 20 years) and
neither of them allow access for pupils in wheelchairs. As an inclusive special school we felt very
strongly that all pupils should be able to travel together when going on educational visits and trips
however our wheel chair children have had to go separately in adapted taxis. In 2015 we had 3
pupils start school as our first full time wheelchair users; today we have 8 pupils. Two teaching
assistants, Richard Lewis and Rachael Stanthorpe started the fund raising effort as they climbed
Snowden in their summer holiday 2016 with the combined weight of one of our wheelchair pupils
and his wheelchair on their backs. Currently we have £14,000 in the pot.
A member of staff, Mr Hannaway, told us of the Steve Morgan Charity and Miss Roby put in an
application for us. It has taken 6 months for the application process to take effect which has included
three visits to school by Trustees and a few formal Trustee meetings, however last week the Charity
informed me they will provide us with a brand new 17 seater wheelchair adapted minibus and
what is even more amazing is that they will only take £7,000 of our savings so we can continue to
fund raise and add to it as we really need another one! Thank you to everyone who has given so

We would like to continue to fund raise for a second bus. We have approached the variety Club who
will support us but need a donation of £17,000 so we need to raise £10K more! If anyone has any
ideas or is willing to do some fundraising in your own workplace please let me know.

The Parents Forum will be talking more about how they can further support fund raising. They are having an informal coffee morning on Friday 6 th October, 10.30 to 12.00 as we would very much like some new members so please come along if you can.

Sorry it was a long one this time, but I had to share this great news.

Oxton-Grant, over and out.

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Crosby High School

De Villiers Avenue



L23 2TH


Tel: 0151 924 3671 Fax: 0151 931 5083

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