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Alder Hey Children's Hospital is a children's hospital located in West Derby, Liverpool, England, and is part of the NHS foundation trust. As one of Europe's largest and busiest children's hospitals, they handle everything from common ailments to highly difficult and specialty problems.

In 2015, they opened a cutting-edge hospital as well as a brand new research, innovation, and education facility. Alder Hey in the Park and the Institute in the Park combine exceptional care, technology, and design to provide the best possible healing environment for children and their families. In addition to our main hospital, they provide paediatric services in a number of community locations and hold local clinics throughout Merseyside, Cumbria, Shropshire, Wales, and the Isle of Man. They also provide specialised inpatient care for children with complex mental health needs at their Alder Park Building in North Liverpool.

Alder Hey has a thriving research portfolio and is a leader in paediatric medicine, infection, inflammation, and oncology. They are rapidly becoming a global leader in paediatric healthcare and research. They contribute to public health by leading cutting-edge research and educating the next generation of paediatric specialists. For nearly a century, Alder Hey has provided innovative, high-quality care to children and adolescents. They continue to advance paediatric healthcare innovation within our Innovation Hub. The Innovation Hub is a unique location where clinicians and businesses can collaborate to create new products and technologies.


West Derby is a suburb of Liverpool, England. It is located east of the city and is also a Liverpool City Council ward. At the 2011 Census, the population was 14,382

Considered to be an affluent suburb of Liverpool, living in West Derby allows residents to enjoy a warm, neighbourly and family-friendly environment and local amenities reflect the interests of those that live here.

What area does West Derby cover?

"WEST DERBY, a chapelry in the parish of Walton-on-the-Hill, in the county of Lancaster, 4 miles N.E. of Liverpool, and 4¼ W. of Prescot. It contains Kensington, Stanley, Knotty Ash, and other hamlets, including many handsome residences of the Liverpool merchants.

Mentioned in the Domesday Book, West Derby achieved significance far earlier than Liverpool itself. ... West Derby became the main administrative area in today's Liverpool for the Norman Conquests and was the largest area within the West Derby Hundred which covered most of south west Lancashire.


Primary education – Key stage 1 and 2 

Primary school is compulsory for all children aged 5 to 11. 


Key Stage 1 (Foundation Stage) – years 1 and 2 

Juniors – years 3, 4, 5 and 6. 

When is it okay to have mixed-age classes? Classes for years 3 and 4 could be merged. That doesn't mean kids miss a year or repeat one. The work will be tailored to the class's needs.   In addition to regular assessments, students in Key Stage 1 and 2 take more detailed tests. Annual reports on your child's progress will be sent to you. Key Stage 2 (year 6, aged 10-11) ends with SATs and your child moves on to secondary school. 


Secondary education – Key stage 3 and 4 

Your child will enter secondary school at the end of year 6, aged 10-11, and progress automatically each year. Teachers will assess and test students to track their progress. The GCSEs are taken at the end of year 11 (age 16). After these exams, students may choose to leave school or study for further exams to enter college or university.

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West Derby railway station was located to the south of Mill Lane in West Derby, Liverpool, England, on the North Liverpool Extension Line. It first opened on December 1, 1879. The station was closed to passengers in November 1960, and it was completely closed five years later.

Derby railway station has six platforms divided into two sections: A and B. Derby is well-served by train, and the train station is about 15 minutes' walk from the city centre, though there is also a taxi rank and a bus stop outside the train station.


Top Attractions in West Derby

  • The Liverpool Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Croxteth Park Riding Centre

  • Croxteth Hall and County Park

  • Jungle Parc Liverpool

  • Showcase Cinema de Lux Liverpool

  • Lifestyles Peter Lloyd

  • Hollywood Bowl Liverpool

  • Fun Time

  • Court Hey Park

  • Kidz Fantasy Land

  • Imagine That! Science and Discovery Centre

  • Liverpool Football Club Museum and Tour

  • Everton Stadium Tour

  • Rice Lane City Farm

  • Knowsley Safari

  • Crazy Town Play

  • Jungle Fun

  • Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre

  • Spaceworld Play Centre

  • Victoria Gallery and Museum

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Why should you choose ALDER HEY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL?


Alder Hey is in West Derby, a suburb of Liverpool around five miles from the vibrant and growing city centre. Here are some of the benefits:


  • Being part of Alder Hey, with its reputation as a leader in the field of paediatric healthcare and state of the art hospital which was opened in 2015

  • As a major employer of more than 2,800 staff, we are committed to providing a healthy and supportive workplace environment

  • Access to Learning and Development opportunities, delivered by a dedicated team of L&D professionals

  • A commitment to supporting Equality and Diversity

  • Generous annual leave entitlement

On appointment: 27 days

After 5 years’ service: 29 days

After 10 years’ service: 33 days

In addition, staff are entitled to paid Public Holidays

All annual leave and Public Holiday entitlements will also be calculated in hours, in proportion to the employee’s basic weekly contracted hours.  This means that all employees have a fair and equitable entitlement regardless of the days of the week they normally work

  • Opportunities for Flexible Working

  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave entitlements

  • Long service awards

  • NHS Pension Scheme - one of the most comprehensive schemes within the UK

  • An Occupational Health service, provided by Team Prevent UK

  • A free, confidential staff counselling service, provided  by the Alder Centre

  • Access to a nursery, providing places for the children of Trust employees, specialising in both full and part-time day care for children aged three months to five years of age

  • Free flu jabs

  • Staff lottery, with a draw that takes place once a month

  • Health Service Discounts providing exclusive NHS discounts, offers and deals for NHS employees, their families and friends


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