The Hawthorne’s Free School

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Coordinates: 53°27′45″N 2°58′56″W / 53.4626°N 2.9821°W / 53.4626; -2.9821

The Hawthorne’s Free School
Established 2012
Type Free school
Headteacher Mr P Gaul
Location Fernhill Road
L20 6AQ
DfE URN 138260 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 217
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16

The Hawthorne’s Free School is a secondary free school located on Fernhill Road in Bootle, Merseyside, England, about four miles from Liverpool city centre. The school is located within the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.

The school opened in September 2012, on the site of the former St George of England Specialist Engineering College (previously St George of England High School). St George of England Specialist Engineering College closed in 2012, along with St Wilfrid's High School in Litherland. The schools closed due to falling pupil numbers, however parents from both schools campaigned for a new secondary free school to be opened in the area instead.

The schools opening was controversial, as staff from the previous schools were not automatically transferred to the new school, and many lost their jobs. This was despite Sefton Council declaring that staff from the former schools should be subject to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006, and either be offered continuing employment at the new school or redundancy.[1] The Hawthorne’s Free School claimed that as they were a new school, they were not responsible for the staff at the former schools. Staff from the former schools threatened to take their case to the High Court of Justice, however the council has made an offer to pay the staff redundancy in conjunction with the school.[2]


  1. ^ Ben Turner (2012-08-08). "Sefton council set to take breakaway Bootle free school The Hawthorne's to High Court". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  2. ^ "BBC News - Hawthorne's Free School: Teachers' union rejects offer". 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 

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