Free school story: Everton Free School


Everton Free School is an Alternative Provision school that uses football to encourage young people to reconnect with education.

It was set up by the charity Everton in the Community and maintains strong links with the Premiership football club. The school uses the aspirational values and history of the club as a motivating factor for their students' experience. Everton in the Community is the club’s official charity and has an established history of engaging young people in a range of programmes to promote health, education, social inclusion and equality of opportunity using the power of sport.

One practical way this partnership works is through the Sport Education Partnership Programmes (SEPP). These programmes allow Everton Free School to set up post-16 Football Academies, including one which is exclusively designed for girls. Students on these programmes achieve an Extended Diploma in Sport, which is a two-year full-time programme providing opportunities to gain practical experience relating to the sport and leisure industries.

The school is not just focused on sport however, students at Everton Free School receive one-to-one support in their Chemistry lessons from PGCE students at Liverpool John Moores University. Using the university’s laboratories gives them access to facilities that would not otherwise be available to them and gives them a great chance to do practical experiments. The Everton students find the individual support from the PGCE students invaluable in helping them engage with the subject and the trainee teachers have found the experience to be rewarding. Hear what they have to say for themselves: