Liverpool special school seeks business support

North Liverpool special school, Millstead Primary School, is seeking the support of local businesses to renovate its playground. Tony McDonough reports

Images showing plans for Millstead school’s new play area


A special school in north Liverpool that teaches children aged between two and 11 years is seeking business support to renovate its playground.

Millstead Primary School is a special school for “fantastic and vibrant children”. Its pupils have profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD) and autism spectrum condition (ASC).

Headteacher Michelle Beard said the school is staffed by a team of dedicated, passionate and highly skilled practitioners who strive to make every day a joyful learning day for every pupil”.

She added: “They help to develop essential life skills, develop communication skills, promote well-being and increasing independence are at the heart of our school offer.

Millstead has developed a curriculum which allows it to personalise each pupil’s “learning journey” to fit their individual sensory, behaviour, communication, medical, physical and learning needs. 

“The key to our success is the strength of relationships our committed staff have with every child, their parents and families,” Michelle said.

“Our children face many barriers and as a school community we want to provide them with wonderful experiences to help them learn and achieve.”

Now the school has launched a fundraising drive to help pay for renovations to the playground. Due to its age our current playground is no longer fit for purpose. The early years play area does not have any play equipment or playground markings.

Michelle added: “Both areas are uninspiring, empty and do not provide any challenge to our children. The funding available from the Local Authority is not sufficient to purchase a new playground. We need to raise extra funds.

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“Given the scale and cost of the project we have no choice but to try to complete this on a phased approach. We are passionate about making this happen, to enrich the life of every single child who comes through our doors.

“We have lots of supporters who are helping us achieve our goal, but we need more help.”

Anyone interested in supporting the school can contact Lynn Irwin on 0151 207 4656 or via email –

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