Families have been disappointed after a new academy in Wavertree postponed their opening to 2025 after allowing applications for places to start in September.

MP for Liverpool Wavertree, Paula Barker, recently revealed she wrote to Gillian Keegan, the Education Secretary, in February raising concerns over over the school’s opening.

She said: “I only became aware of a problem in opening the school at the end of February.

“I immediately contacted both Liverpool City Council and the Education Secretary to raise my urgent concerns.”

A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council said: “On 1 March, all families that selected King’s Leadership Academy Wavertree as their preferred school were given a firm offer at an alternative school with the new school as a conditional offer.

“We know that this will be disappointing to parents, carers and, most importantly, the young people who had hoped to start their secondary school careers at the school.”

Benjamin Barker, principal of the academy, said: “We have taken the decision to delay our planned opening until September 2025.

“This removes any uncertainty for parents and children who received a firm offer at another school on National Offer Day.”


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