Special school drafts in former soldiers

A special school is reaping the rewards of being put through their paces by former soldiers.

Ernest Cookson School in West Derby, which provides education for boys aged 7-14 with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, has gone from good to outstanding in its latest Ofsted inspection after drafting in the UK Military School (UKMS) to help promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

As part of their inspection, Ofsted observed one activity with year 9 pupils in which they learned lifesaving skills, including resuscitation.

Headteacher Ian Moxham said: “The UKMS has provided vital additional support to ensure that the pupils at Ernest Cookson receive the best possible education.

“They have helped to give the pupils’ strong role models whom they admire and respect and teachers an extra dimension of support.”

Pic: From left – UK Military School co-founder Sam Ball-Taylor, Geraldine James (Assistant Headteacher), Paul Finnegan (Assistant Headteacher) with pupils from Ernest Cookson Community Special School, Ian Moxham (Headteacher) and UKMS managing director Wayne Forsyth, celebrate the schools new OFSTED status


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