An exclusive Liverpool private school is set to go public this autumn - and pupils from across the city will be able to apply to it.

Runnymede St Edward's Primary School, currently a Catholic independent school, is starting the process of converting to a "voluntary aided" school, meaning it will move within the umbrella of Liverpool Council.

If its conversion goes to plan it could accept 54 new reception pupils across two forms from this September, with its catchment stretching across Liverpool.

Eventually the school would have a capacity of 384 pupils, significantly higher than its current roll.

St Edwards College, West Derby, Liverpool
The school will become a feeder school for St Edwards College, West Derby, Liverpool

Runnymede St Edward's sits on the same site as senior school St Edward's College and will become a feeder school to the college, the best Catholic senior school in the city, once it converts.

In the consultation papers sent out recently the school says it is receiving support from the Archdiocese and the council.

The paper says: "The Trustees have always been keen that Runnymede should be able to offer a Catholic education in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice to any boy or girl, irrespective of their ability to pay.

"With this in mind, the Trustees who own the school site have agreed to make all the facilities available to a new state-funded school.

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"The Trustees have also committed to a significant financial contribution which would enable this proposal to progress."

It adds that the decision will strengthen the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, which is drawn from its pupils, by removing the fee barrier.

The school has already undertaken some consultation with parents and information for a wider public consultation will be published next week.

Trustees are hoping the conversion could be signed off by the council in the spring.