£25m education site nets Liverpool goals

By Cathy Forman, September 27, 2011
Pupils settling in at the modern campus

Pupils settling in at the modern campus

Pupils and staff are enjoying life at the new £25 million King David campus in Liverpool, which has brought together the high school, primary school, kindergarten and community facilities.

"It is a once in a lifetime chance to strengthen the community," said Lauren Lesin-Davis, governors' chair of the primary.

High school governors' chair Max Steinberg said the old buildings had "exceeded their lifespan" and the replacement campus was "a dream that has become a reality".

High school head Brigid Smith added that the site offered an environment to give "young people the highest quality learning experience".

Presiding over the new King David and Harold House Foundation, Alan Tinger said the project had brought several Jewish organisations together, "a first in itself, and they worked to deliver a campus that is outstanding in every way".

New technology is to the fore

New technology is to the fore

The high school rebuild was part of the national Building Schools for the Future programme. Liverpool City Council released additional funding by taking over the old primary school and Harold House land.

Although the classrooms are conventional, they are all IT driven - no blackboards and chalk. In another advance on tradition, there is no school library. Each area has facilities for books but most research is undertaken online. At the heart of the campus is a synagogue. The sports fields will be on the site of the previous high school buildings after they have been demolished.

Jewish students account for just under 15 per cent of the high school's 660 pupils. There are 400 children in the primary.

Bernard Michaelson has stepped down as president of the King David Foundation but will continue as a trustee of the King David and Harold House Foundation. He said: "What has been achieved with the new campus is way above our expectations."

Last updated: 9:51am, September 28 2011