Liverpool College 利物浦中学,
Liverpool L18 8BE
Tel: 0151 724 4000 Fax: 0151 729 0105
• CO-ED, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 920, Upper sixth 90
• Termly fees £1550–£2440
• HMC, IAPS
• Enquiries/application to the Registrar
What it’s like
Founded in 1840, it moved to its present premises at Mossley Hill in the 1930s.
It occupies a single, suburban site in 26 acres of grounds and playing fields in
a pleasant area. The buildings are mostly modern and well equipped; recent
additions include an astro-turf pitch and a sports centre. The infant (with
nursery), junior and upper schools are separate but on the same campus. It is a
C of E foundation which welcomes all faiths. Originally a boys’ school, it
became fully co-educational in 1993. It has high academic standards and good
examination results. Strong in music, drama and sport. The Myriad Theatre
Company, based at the college, provides a premier theatrical experience for
actors, technicians and musicians. The CCF is very active and there is a
thriving Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. The school has a good reputation and
enjoys vigorous local support.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 920 pupils (550 boys, 370 girls).
Senior department 11–18, 605 pupils (369 boys, 236 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 3–5, 7, 11, 13 and 16. Own entrance assessment
used; for sixth-form entry, at least 6 GCSE passes (grade A or B in sixth-form
subjects). No special skills or religious requirements. State school entry, 50%
of senior intake plus 5% to sixth form.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Approx 20 pa scholarships, academic,
art, drama, music, sport, general distinction, value up to 50% of fees. Parents
expected to buy textbooks in sixth form only.
Parents From a wide variety of backgrounds including substantial
numbers from industry or commerce, the law and medicine.
Head & staff
Principal: Brian Christian, in post from 2002. Educated at King
William’s, Isle of Man, and Cambridge University (English). Previously Deputy
Head at Giggleswick.
Teaching staff: 78 full time, 4 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 108 pupils in fifth: 87% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects, 9% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 60 (54 over 5 years).
A-levels: 75 in upper sixth. Average final point score achieved by upper
sixth formers 303.
University & college entrance 93% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course, 5% to Oxbridge. 12% took courses in medicine, dentistry &
veterinary science, 29% in science & engineering, 32% in humanities & social
sciences. Others typically go on to non-degree courses or straight into careers
eg armed services, industry.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 22 GCSE subjects, 25 at AS and
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level
excluding general studies. 27% take science A-levels; 33% arts/humanities; 40%
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Dyslexia institute centre on campus.
Languages: French compulsory from age 4, Spanish offered from age 11,
both at GCSE, AS and A-level.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson a week in Years 7 and 8)
and across the curriculum. Compulsory short course at GCSE. 160 computers for
pupil use (10 hours a day), all networked and with email and internet access.
Network covers whole campus.
Music: 30% of pupils learn a musical instrument. Instrumental/choral
exams may be
taken. Several choirs, choral society, orchestras, brass ensemble, CCF corps of
drums, various string quartets, wind ensembles and pop groups. Active
participation in local festivals and competitions;
some pupils in local youth orchestras; 1 in National Youth Orchestra; regular
choristers in Anglican Cathedral. Students regularly study music at university,
recent Oxbridge organ scholars. Music technology studio and recording
Drama: Many pupils involved in school productions (eg Little Shop of
Horrors and Adrian Mole). GCSE drama, A-level theatre studies and LAMDA exams
may be taken. Pupils participate in Liverpool Festival. Increasing number go on
to read drama at university.
Art & design: On average, 20 take GCSE, 8 A-level. Design, pottery,
ceramics, sculpture, photography also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, hockey, football, cricket compulsory for boys; lacrosse,
netball, hockey, rounders for girls. Other sports include: cross-country,
swimming, athletics, tennis, squash, badminton, canoeing, basketball. Sixth form
only: golf. BAGA and RLSS exams may be taken. National rugby and hockey players;
tennis team in national finals 2002.
Activities: CCF, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme or community service
compulsory for 3 years at age 14. Myriad Theatre Company. Design technology
department makes toys for handicapped children. Sixth formers help those with
learning difficulties in local primaries and Barnados. Up to 30 clubs, eg
classical, pottery, chess, mixed Scout troop, computer, adventure training,
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses and year tutor pastoral care. Sixth
formers act as prefects. Head and deputy head of college, head of house and
house prefects, appointed by the Principal and Common Room.
Religion: C of E foundation welcoming all faiths. All pupils attend
religious worship unless parents wish them not to.
Social: Many organised trips abroad. Pupils allowed to bring own
car/bike/motorbike to school. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline School emphasis on building up self-discipline and
organisation within caring framework. Pupils failing to produce homework might
expect detention; those involved in illegal drugs expect immediate expulsion.
Alumni association is run by the Bursar, c/o the college.