I am proud to introduce my wonderful school, and its extraordinary location, to you.
Kingsmead School is in Hoylake in the northwest of England. Our school was founded over 110 years ago by Arthur Watts, to provide boys with a Christian education and a lovely environment in which to “grow well”. Throughout our long history we have been renowned for the traditional, nurturing education we provide for the children here. We continue to do this, today welcoming boys and girls – and of all faiths. We are the only boarding school in this area of England and we are fortunate to have large and lovely grounds and superb facilities for our pupils and our guests, within a genuinely inspiring setting.
Kingsmead is on the tip of the Wirral peninsula which lies between the River Dee and the River Mersey, overlooking the Welsh Hills and the spectacular Liverpool skyline. The peninsula’s three coasts create a gentle climate and for most of the year it is pleasantly warm and sunny here.
There are few places in the UK as blessed as Wirral for the wealth of different experiences for visitors; the number of opportunities Kingsmead can offer visiting students of tourism is extraordinary. World-famous Liverpool (a European Capital of Culture city) and Roman Chester are very near (each 30 minutes away), Manchester is 50 minutes away offering city-break experience and the National Parks of Snowdonia, the Peak District and the Lake District (offering very different experiences and catering for very different visitor expectations) are all within very easy reach. There are also superb high-end retail centres nearby – one, Cheshire Oaks, is the largest in Europe.
Wirral has its own place in history thanks to all the world ‘firsts’ we introduced: the world’s first public library, underground rail network, public health services and public park (Central Park in New York was modelled on our own historic public park in nearby Birkenhead). For students of architecture, we have the UK’s largest collection of “listed” buildings outside London and the amazing “model” workers’ village, Port Sunlight. Wirral was home to the UK’s first organised horse races, and it was Wirral’s Thomas Brassey who built the railways of France, Canada, Austria… and India.
Wirral is not only extraordinary, it is beautiful: we have an amazing diverse coastline, picturesque countryside and many miles of rural walking, off-road cycling routes and bathing beaches. We are a golfer’s paradise – there are 14 courses within the peninsula! (Wirral is part of England’s Golf Coast which contains three world-famous Royal Links courses – Royal Liverpool here in Hoylake, Royal Birkdale in Southport, and the Royal Lytham & St Anne’s in Lancashire – as well as many other challenging courses).
At the heart of all this diversity is Kingsmead. We are the perfect base for parties of students wanting to experience as many different visitor attractions as possible. When visits are over for the day, we have our own indoor heated pool, large screen cinema, tennis courts and playing fields, acres of grounds to wander in and shops and transport links on our doorstep. Our visiting students’ comfortable living accommodation is onsite, but entirely separate from our pupils.
In keeping with our Christian ethos and traditions, we work very hard to ensure there is a warm welcome and friendly hospitality for the young visitors who find themselves far from home.
We are extremely proud of our school, all we can offer, and the warmth of the welcome we extend to the many young people who come to us from overseas. We are offering an exciting two week educational programme.
The trip will provide students with an opportunity to:
- Meet students and teachers to exchange learning ideas through attending classes.
- Visit key historic sites as explained above.
- Opportunity to visit the other 2 countries (Wales & Scotland) on the mainland other than England
Accommodation will be provided by the school with the following other facilities.
- All meals i.e. breakfast, dinner and packed lunch.
- Airport transfer facility
- All excursions and entrance fees
- Personal group tour guide with own mini bus.
I now extend our hand of friendship to you and to your students. We would be honoured to welcome them to Wirral and introduce them to many of the varied and extraordinary opportunities this lovely area offers.