When it comes to settling down in the relatively compact but diverse Liverpool, Aintree is definitely not one of the first places to come to mind.
Playing host to one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events, the Grand National, Aintree is often overlooked and underestimated as a place to call home. There is no doubt, that the racecourse is at the very core of the village, if not the city, however, there is much more to be said about this once small village that has become a huge part of Liverpool’s beating heart.
With excellent transport links to the city centre and the nearby tourist hotspots of Formby and Southport, families here can enjoy the best of both worlds.
Although it could never truly be considered a quiet village, Aintree’s population and atmosphere surges in just one April weekend when it welcomes the world to join them at one of the greatest sporting events of all time. The Grand National is a global sporting event and locally, could easily be classed as a national holiday according to many Liverpudlian bosses.
The Grand National is the pinnacle of Liverpool’s event calendar and is held at the historic Aintree Racecourse. Opened in 1829, the racecourse has been holding exciting events since its birth and The National, as it is locally known, is just one of the strings to the venue’s bow.
Despite Holy Rosary Catholic Primary school being larger than the average primary school, the school has been rated as ‘outstanding’ across all areas in its most recent Ofsted report. Stating that it is a ‘highly successful school that never rests on its laurels’, the school continuously pushes the pupils to perform at their best and the pupils perform above the national average in meeting their expected standard in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
As a church school, places at Holy Rosary are highly sought-after and it works closely with its local parish church, where pupils often attend mass with their year groups. The school follows the National Curriculum and parents can expect their child’s teacher to lead education in all subjects including Mathematics, English, Modern Foreign Languages and Religious Education.
For those who are not particularly looking for a church school education, the Aintree Davenhill Primary School, based in Aintree Village is a popular choice, with seventy-five percent of pupils performing above the national average in meeting their expected standard in Reading, Writing and Mathematics and nineteen percentage achieving a higher standard in the same subjects.
In its recent Ofsted report, the school achieved an overall rating of ‘Good’, citing that its curriculum is ‘aspirational’. The school follows the new National Curriculum and focuses on three key drivers of Community, Environment and Enterprise, helping to develop the children’s skills as individuals and as a team.
Although there are no secondary schools in the immediate area, older children travel to nearby Maghull and Fazackerley to attend school.