De La Salle Academy, Liverpool
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|Type||Voluntary aided academy|
|Founder||St. John Baptist de la Salle|
|Location||Carr Lane East
|DfE URN||136409 Tables|
|Telephone||+44 (0)151 546 3134|
|Diocese||Archdiocese of Liverpool|
The De La Salle Academy (formerly De La Salle Grammar School, De La Salle School and De La Salle Humanities College) is a boys' voluntary aided secondary school with academy status under the trusteeship of the De La Salle Brothers. The school is named after St John Baptist De La Salle, patron saint of educational workers. It purports to offer an education "based on gospel values, enabling young people to reach their full potential and to enjoy the freedom and sound education can give them as full human beings committed to Christ."
De La Salle is a sixth form entry Catholic school, catering for boys from the age of 11 to 18. The school, currently at less than half capacity, is situated in the Croxteth area of Liverpool. St John Bosco Arts College is another Catholic school in the Croxteth area.
St. John Baptist
John Baptist de la Salle was the first son of wealthy parents living in France. He became a priest at the age of 27, and took on the responsibility of providing education for the poor, giving much of his own wealth in the process. John opened a free school for the poor, and he and his colleagues took the name Brothers of the Christian Schools, now generally known as the De La Salle Brothers.
He died in 1719, and 181 years later, John Baptist de la Salle was canonised as a saint. In 1950, because of his work as well as his inspirational writing, he was made the Patron Saint of all those who worked in education. At present,[vague] de la Salle schools can be found in a dozen other places in Britain, along with some 85 different countries around the world.
It was known as the De La Salle Grammar School until 1983, and attracted a selective intake from across the city of Liverpool. It was originally based on Breckfield Road South in Everton. The old school site became a supermarket. The new school site is that of the former Central School, and was rebuilt in 1954. By the 1960s, it had around 700 boys.
In 1983, the school became De La Salle School, a comprehensive school. It amalgamated with four other catholic schools in 1988. The school then commenced a comprehensive feeder relationship with several local Catholic Primary schools. The school was founded by the De La Salle brothers, who engaged with the day-to-day running of the school.
In 2004, the school gained specialist school status and became the De La Salle Humanities College, specialising in English, Geography and History.
In July 2015, the school made news headlines around Europe when staff from the school escorted students of local primary schools to the Gothia Cup football youth tournament in Gothenburg, Sweden. Parents of the children in the team acted "in a very aggressive way" during a game, "hurling insults and profanities" at the youngsters of the opposing team.
- Wayne Rooney, former Everton player, currently playing for Manchester United and England, was a pupil at the school from 1997 to 2002;
- Adam Farley, former Everton FC player, was a pupil at the school from 1991 to 1996;
- Francis Jeffers, Newcastle United Jets player formerly of Everton and Arsenal, attended the school from 1992 to 1997;
- John McGreal, former Tranmere player, attended from 1983 to 1988;
- Steve Smith is a retired highjumper and Olympic bronze medalist, attended from 1984 to 1989;
- James Wallace is currently a Shrewsbury Town footballer, was also on Everton's books between 2008 and 2012.
De La Salle Grammar School for Boys
- Maj-Gen Peter Chambers CB MBE, Deputy Chief of Staff from 1998-2002 of the HQ Land Command;
- Air Marshal Sir Christopher Coville CB, Station Commander from 1986-88 of RAF Coningsby, and Commander-in-Chief from 2001-3 of RAF Personnel and Training Command;
- Michael 'Mick' Lyons - former Everton player and renowned captain, attended from 1963 to 1968;
- Terry Fields, Labour MP from 1983-92 for Liverpool Broadgreen;
- Tony Chambers, Editor-in-Chief of Wallpaper Magazine;
- Paul Jewell, former Derby County manager and former professional footballer, attended the school from 1976 to 1981;
- Phil McNulty, chief sports writer at BBC Sport;
- David Morrissey, actor;
- Brian Reade,journalist;
- Peter Rogers CBE, Chief Executive from 1996-2000 of the Independent Television Commission (ITC);
- Mark Weldon, Lib Dem councillor.
- "School History". The De La Salle Academy. Retrieved 24 April 2013.[permanent dead link]