West Kirby School and College marks its centenary with a special exhibition

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An exhibition celebrating 100 years of West Kirby School and College is taking place next month.

The school dates back to 1881 when it began in Filey Terrace.

It originally focused on helping children suffering from the effects of bad housing, neglect, debility and diseases such as tuberculosis, rheumatism, rheumatic fever, rickets, typhoid and bronchitis.

It was the first school in the country to educate children with physical difficulties, and in 1905 was recognised as a Boarding School. It was formally registered as a school and college in 1924.

It became West Kirby Residential School in 1979, and more recently West Kirby School and College, to recognise that the majority of pupils now attend on a day basis.

The school said about the exhibition: “Discover how the roots of our school started as a Children’s Convalescent Home in 1881, how we evolved to a school for children with special educational needs; and how, still to this day, our school is passionate about creating aspirational futures for children; still, changing children’s lives. We explore the story through the lens of values; central to the school history throughout.”

The exhibition takes place from Friday 1 March until Saturday 9 March at West Kirby United Reformed Church on Meols Drive, from 10am – 2pm (except for Sunday). More information is available at www.wkrs.co.uk/100years.