Rainhill High School and Liverpool FC have had a formal partnership for over 10 years. In this time, we have helped produce eight first team players for Liverpool FC. These include Raheem Sterling, Jerome Sinclair, Jordan Ibe, Sheyi Ojo, Ben Woodburn, Curtis Jones, Rafa Camacho and Trent Alexander-Arnold. In addition, the U17 World Cup and Golden Boot winner, Rhian Brewster, was also a Rainhill student.
The school provides education for the best of the LFC Academy players aged 11 to 16. In addition, it provides Post 16 education for all of the U18s. In September 2018, the first of the Liverpool FC Ladies U18s arrived at Rainhill. By September 2019, the entire squad will be educated in the Sixth Form, as well as completing all their training on site.
Many of the Liverpool Academy players are also schoolboy internationals. We work closely with the FA staff from all the home nations. This ensures they are successful at international level and don't fall behind on their school work. We have even organised for students to sit their GCSE exams whilst playing in the European Championships.
All our Liverpool FC students have always followed a full diet of GCSEs. They all take:
- English Language
- English Literature
- Trilogy Science Biology, Chemistry and Physics – worth 2 GCSEs
- History or Geography, or a Language
- Plus 3 other GCSEs
Over many years, their examination results have been excellent. Post 16 Liverpool FC students can study A Levels or BTEC Level 3 courses or a combination of both according to ability and aptitude. Those needing to improve their GCSE English and Maths results do so.
The school provides excellent pastoral care for all of its students. Four Rainhill staff have dedicated roles with the Liverpool FC students. This enables exceptional pastoral care and first class communication to parents. Our relationship with parents and their children, are a real strength. The school and club staff work seamlessly together.
Integration into school life
All Liverpool FC students are fully integrated into life at Rainhill.
They are in normal lessons virtually all the time. They have friends who are not footballers and are completely mixed in. We treat them no differently from any other student. This includes prizes and rewards for excellent school work, trips and visits; as well as punishments e.g. detentions if needed. For us, it is important that the Liverpool FC students have as normal a teenage life as possible.
We know the ambition of every Liverpool Academy player is to make a career playing for the 1st XI at Anfield. We know the chances of playing regularly at Anfield for the 1st Team are slim. We will back these students to follow their dream.
If this does not work out, we are there for the students regardless. This includes helping to create time to go to trials at other clubs. If a football career is not possible, the quality of GCSE, BTEC or A Level grades has helped many to progress to university in Britain or the United States. Liverpool FC has an excellent track record in providing on-going pastoral and careers help long after they have released a player.
Any absence from school is decided and authorised by the Headteacher. Any work missed has to be completed on time to the same quality we would expect from every student.
Admissions of Liverpool FC students are managed separately and in addition to the available places for local children. The number of places under normal admissions arrangements are not affected by this partnership. St Helens Council provides the administration for our admissions.