EVERY pupil at this new £25m business-backed school will receive free uniform to mark its fresh start.

The secondary school in Garston will be named after its chief sponsor and be called Enterprise South Liverpool Academy (ESLA).

The joint Catholic and Church of England school will initially open on the sites of the two it is replacing – New Heys comprehensive, in Allerton, and St Benedict’s Catholic college in Garston.

The academy, which will specialise in business, enterprise and languages, will ultimately be based in a new £25m purpose-designed building at the front of the St Benedict’s site by 2012. Its new principal, Jack Pendlebury, said students at the school will be kitted out with free uniforms.

As an academy, it has secured government cash worth £60 per head for pupils who already attend either New Heys or St Benedict’s.

But the academy, whose chief sponsor is maintenance specialist Enterprise, has gone a step further and agreed to provide the cash for new starters moving up from primary school.

The gesture means all children aged 11-16 will get a free package comprising a suit jacket, tie, jumper, and both a long and short- sleeve sports shirt. Pupils have already been measured up for the gear and it was designed with the input of students and staff.

Mr Pendlebury said: “One of my key ambitions for ESLA is to do things differently. Becoming an academy is exciting because it gives us flexibility to develop exciting opportunities for students.”

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