West Derby School

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West Derby School
School logo
Motto We Deliver Success
Established September 1957
Type Academy
Headteacher Mrs S Graham
Location West Derby Road
L13 7HQ
53°25′33″N 2°55′19″W / 53.425790°N 2.922046°W / 53.425790; -2.922046Coordinates: 53°25′33″N 2°55′19″W / 53.425790°N 2.922046°W / 53.425790; -2.922046
DfE URN 138696 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1129
Gender Male
Ages 11–18
Website West Derby School

West Derby School is a comprehensive all-boys (11-18) Academy based in Liverpool, England. The school, converted from a Local education authority school to academy status on 1 September 2012. [1]

West Derby School Entrance

The current school building, located on West Derby Road, Liverpool, opened in September 2010, a single sited school built under the Building Schools for the Future programme, having previously been based on two sites on Quarry and Bankfield roads.[citation needed]

West Derby School is twinned with Gyanodaya Secondary School in Palpa, Nepal. [2] After the April 2015 Nepal earthquake the school raised over £2000 to help with essential rebuilding work.

School history[edit]

The post-war 'baby-boom' resulted in a much higher number of teenage children in the 1950s. Liverpool Corporation embarked on a massive school building programme, of which the original two school sites were part.[citation needed]

West Derby High School was originally opened in September 1957 by the first Head Teacher was Mr A.L Casson. The school was designed by Liverpool Architects "Harold E Davies and Sons" to house 540 boys. Harold E Davies died in 1952 so it is unlikely that he was involved with the plans. His son Harold Hinchcliffe most likely designed the building which took about two years to complete.[citation needed]

Bankfield Modern School was opened in September by Harry Elson 1959. It was designed by Rimmer Sisters Limited to house 400 boys.[citation needed]

Originally West Derby was designed to be used in collaboration with nearby Holly Lodge girls school, and in 1984 there were unsuccessful plans to merge the two schools into one.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Famous ex-pupils include


  1. ^ West Derby School profile, ofsted.gov.uk; accessed 4 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Gyanodaya (Okhaldhunga) - Manisha UK". www.manisha-uk.org. Retrieved 2017-03-30. 
  3. ^ The Independent, 11 February 1999, "Education: Passed/Failed Craig Charles"

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