Educational Institutions: Sefton

Department for Education written question – answered on 6 February 2018.

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Photo of Lord Fearn Lord Fearn Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many schools and colleges have been (1) closed, and (2) amalgamated, in Sefton during the last five years to date.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

In the last five years to date, one school (St Ambrose Barlow Catholic College) has closed without replacement provision. There has been one amalgamation/merger (Hugh Baird College and South Sefton College) which resulted in the closure of South Sefton College.

There have also been five academy conversions in this time.

Details are outline in the table below.

Establishment Name

Reason Establishment Closed

Close Date

St Thomas Church of England Primary School

Academy Converter[1]


Stanley High School

For Academy[2]


Hillside High School

For Academy


Litherland High School

For Academy


St Ambrose Barlow Catholic College



St Michael's Church of England High School

For Academy


South Sefton College

Result of Amalgamation/Merger*


This data was obtained from Get Information About Schools (GIAS). The responsibility for updating GIAS is shared between the Department for Education, local authorities and schools. It changes each day as data is removed and uploaded therefore we are unable to guarantee complete accuracy.

*Merged with Hugh Baird College

[1] ‘Academy Convertor’ is a previously Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ maintained school that has voluntarily converted to an Academy.

[2] ‘For Academy’ refers to schools which have closed to become academies following the issue of a Direct Academy Order in response to an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating.

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