Labour-run Maghull Town Council forms new partnership to create

Patrick McKinley and Lynn Gatherer


Labour-run Maghull Town Council and Hugh Baird are creating a new partnership to make Maghull a college town.

Town Council Labour leader, Cllr Patrick McKinley, has been working with Hugh Baird college's Vice Principal for Student Support and Community, Cathy Fairclough, to bring the college to Maghull. 

The idea is to develop an enterprise and community college by drawing on and enhancing existing education and training resources to offer a local holistic and progressive learning pathway that will equip young people with the skills they need

The partnership includes Maghull's secondary schools, including Maricourt High and Deyes High, and Maghull Town Team.

Cllr McKinley, who himself has over 30 years experience in Further Education and higher education, said the partnership was designed to give people throughout Maghull and Lydiate access to Further Education. 

Cllr McKinley said: "I have lived in Maghull for more than 30 years. I have raised my family here. As my daughter was growing up, I realised that there is no opportunities for people to access Further Education, or even training in our town.

"We recently introduced the apprenticeship scheme at Maghull Town Council to provide training opportunities for young people in Maghull.

"My Labour colleagues and I are going further now and working with Deyes and Maricourt together with Hugh Baird College to conduct a feasibility study to bring education and training opportunities much closer to home for young people right here in our hometown of Maghull.

"This is a really exciting opportunity for us to work with other stakeholders who are involved in education and training to develop a truly innovative approach to providing local learning opportunities for our young people in an integrated and progressive way.

"The post-16 education and training landscape is changing and we need to all we can that our young people can benefit from local opportunities.

"Our young people need to be given opportunities to help them compete in an ever increasingly competitive jobs market.

"But I am confident that if we can create what will essentially be a Maghull college campus, we can give people here a headstart in the world of work."

Hugh Baird Vice Principal for Student Support and Community, Cathy Fairclough, said the partnership with Maghull Town Council could be a new model for providing education and training.

Cathy said: "This is potentially a model of good practice where we will share resources and develop an integrated curriculum offer that will enable young people to gain vocational and academic skills and hopefully gain employment.

"We are really excited by the prospect of working together with Maghull Town Council in this way."

Deyes High partnership manager, Joyce Thomas, said the new partnership would enhance what our local schools have to offer.

Joyce said: "The work which the Town Council and Town Team are doing to support new business in Maghull is a great way for all of the community to come together to support common goals which will benefit everyone.

"The involvement of Deyes High School is an excellent way for us all to share our areas of expertise and ensure that the young people of Maghull have access to the local opportunities which will arise as a result of the initiatives planned.  This is entirely complimentary to the existing range of qualifications for young people which the school currently offers."

Cllr Lynn Gatherer, who is a Labour Sudell Ward Councillor and member of Maghull Town Team, said she was delighted that Maghull Town Council was continuing to create pioneering new opportunities for people in Maghull.

Cllr Gatherer said: "This kind of partnership that we are now seeing Maghull Town Council and Maghull Town Team taking a lead on is creating a whole host of new opportunities for the people of our town.

"I have brought up two daughters in Maghull who have gone to our schools here in Maghull and who should have the opportunity to go onto Further Education or training here in Maghull.

"I'm delighted to be part of this project and I'd like to thanks Hugh Baird, Deyes, Maghull High and Maricourt for their involvement too.

"This is a great opportunity for Maghull."



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