News Centre

Shipyard sponsors special boy at special school

posted on May 6, 2008 categories In The Community

An inspirational teenager at a Merseyside special school has won financial support from Northwestern Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders (NSL) Ltd, based in the famous Cammell Laird shipyard.

NSL managing director John Syvret was so impressed by the positive attitude of 15-year-old Peter Kearns, during a visit to Observatory School in Bidston, that he approached the school to sponsor him.

“Peter is a brilliant, enthusiastic and energetic young lad,” he said. “He needs and deserves support, help and guidance to give him the best possible start as he leaves school to begin his adult life. He has a tremendous attitude and the work at Observatory School does an enormous amount of good helping him and other young people who really need it. We hope our sponsorship can help him explore different professions and opportunities.”

Observatory School headteacher Christine Royle said she was delighted to win NSL’s support for Peter as well as its Key Stage 4 Pathways Programme.

“Thanks to NSL’s generosity we can help support pupils into work through the Key Stage 4 Pathways Programme,” she said. “This is a very worthwhile project which gives intensive support to our pupils preparing them for getting jobs. Our pupils do have hurdles to overcome, with their behavourial and learning difficulties, and many come from poor backgrounds. But with proper support we can help give them the best possible chance of succeeding when they leave, as well as encouraging them to be independent.”

NSL’s funding of the Observatory School goes to:

Peter Kearns Sponsorship

Funding subject to engagement at a training provider or successful placement in an apprenticeship. School to arrange payments throughout the year.

Year 11 Vocational Training Award

Funding to be divided among a number of Year 11 pupils to reward them for reaching a successful completion to vocational courses at their training provider.

Progress Award for Year 10 Pupils

Funding divided between those year 10 pupils who have shown commitment and success in their first year of a two year vocational course.

Uniform and Equipment

Funding to help all Key Stage 4 pupils receive equipment and uniforms in order to carry out duties at their vocational training.

Key Stage 4 Enhancement Programme

Funding to help fund experiences in industry and further education in order for Year 9 and Key Stage 4 pupils to be more able to make informed decisions about their future.