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In Liverpool primary and secondary education is available in various forms supported by the state include secular, Church of England, Jewish, and Roman Catholic. Islamic education is available at primary level, but there is currently no secondary provision.
One of Liverpool important early schools was The Liverpool Blue Coat School; founded in 1708 as a charitable school, it continues today. Liverpool College is the leading private school. Another of Liverpool's notable senior schools is St. Edward's College, a former private high school located in West Derby.
Liverpool has three universities, the University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moores University. Edge Hill University, originally founded as a teacher-training college in the Edge Hill district of Liverpool, is now located in Ormskirk in South-West Lancashire.
Liverpool John Moores University was previously a polytechnic, and gained university status in 1992. It is named is honour of Sir John Moores, one of the founders of the Littlewoods football pools and retail group, who was a major benefactor.
The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, founded to address some of the problems created by trade, continues today as a post-graduate school in the University of Liverpool and is one of only two institutions internationally that house the de facto standard anti-venom repository.
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts was set up by Sir Paul McCartney in 1996, to train artistes and technicians. It is situated in the building which formerly housed the Liverpool Institute for Boys and is affiliated with Liverpool John Moores University. Recently, LIPA has been awarded the ability to issue its own degrees, and is moving towards becoming an independent higher education instution.
The city has one further education college, Liverpool Community College.