Victoria Derbyshire Show Visits Free School

Everton Free School recently opened the doors of its Spellow Lane facility to BBC cameras as the Victoria Derbyshire Show filmed an exclusive feature about the positive impact it is having on the lives of local pupils.

The Victoria Derbyshire Show was given exclusive access into the school and during its time in Liverpool, BBC Reporter James Longman spent time speaking to pupils about what it is about is about Everton Free School that has helped them get their education back on track and given them aspirations for the future as well as filming a number of classroom sessions and visit to Peel Ports at Liverpool2 as part of the school’s unique ‘Inside the City’ module. Cameras from BBC Two’s daily news and current affairs programme were also in attendance when Blues captain Phil Jagielka called into the school to take part in a science lesson.

Everton Free School Deputy Principal Claire Lamontagne and former pupil turned full-time EitC employee Poppy Comer made the journey to BBC Broadcasting House in London to join Victoria Derbyshire in the studio live on-air to talk in more detail about the school and their time there.

Poppy said: “It was a bit daunting at first when I was asked to go along to the studio to be interviewed live on-air but once the cameras were turned on it was a lot easier.

“I’ve said many times that I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for Everton Free School so it was a fantastic experience to be able to share my story on the show and to an audience who might not know that much about the work of the School and Everton in the Community.”

Everton in the Community created history in September 2012 when it was the first ‘Club-Community’ scheme in the country to be awarded funding by the Government to open a Free School; a ground-breaking initiative for young people across Merseyside. The school caters for young people aged 14-16 and offers an alternative education pathway to those where traditional methods in mainstream schools have failed.

Almost five years on, Everton Free School is housed within a brand new state-of-the-art structure built in the shadows of Goodison Park and supports 120 Alternative Provision pupils each year with an innovative, personalised curriculum that is supported by local stakeholders, industry partners and Further and Higher Education institutes.

You can watch the feature here or see the show in full on the BBC iplayer by clicking here.