I am proud to be Headteacher of Allerton Grange School. We are a GOOD and rapidly improving school. Standards across the school continue to rise and students are making better progress in their learning as a result. This is evidenced in our 2019 examination results.
For the fourth year in a row, we have seen an improvement in our students’ achievements in GCSE and ‘A’ Level examinations.
This year in our GCSE results we were delighted to see 43 top grades of 8s and 9s, a testament to the hard work of students and staff. Outcomes were particularly good in Maths, English Literature, English Language, History, Geography, Languages, Music, Drama and GCSE PE. Following a huge improvement last year, Science have also maintained the strong standard we saw in last year’s results.
Our ‘A’ Level results have also continued to rise with a range of subjects performing better than in 2018, notably Geography, Criminology and Law, and strong results in English Literature, English Language, Geography, History, Fine Art, Photography, ICT and Sociology.
The success of Allerton Grange School is down to the students who conduct themselves well in class, around school and are keen to succeed; and the hardworking, dedicated staff who have the highest expectations for every student.
Al staff work tirelessly to create the environment where our students are safe, secure and happy. My priorities as Headteacher at Allerton Grange School are to maintain this safe calm and purposeful atmosphere and to ensure that the quality of teaching and learning is the best possible. As a result our student will continue to demonstrate their ability to Aspire, Grow and Succeed.
• We are a large and growing school – we currently have nearly 1600 on roll and from September 2020 will be taking in 300 students into Year 7.
• We are located Allerton Grange is located 4 miles from Leeds City Centre in an attractive area of privately owned residential property. The school building is quite simply stunning in terms of its scale, design and finish.
• Our Sixth Form is also thriving and has grown to 240 over the past 3 years.
• We are growing because our local community trust us to provide excellent pastoral care and a very good quality of education. Our latest annual parent survey showed that 91% of parents would recommend Allerton Grange to another parent. We are proud of our parental support.
• We have a resourced provision for deaf and hearing impaired students. We also have a number of visually impaired students.
• Our latest Ofsted inspection (February 2020) recognised the quality of provision we provide. They were particularly impressed by our curriculum.
Ofsted quote (February 2020) – “Parents and carers are very positive about the school. They say their children are happy and make good progress. We agree.”
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At Allerton Grange we have social justice in our DNA. We are passionate about every one of our students achieving their potential regardless of background, ability or culture. Our school vision refers to Aspirational Inclusion which means we have the highest expectations for every student – this refers to behaviour, ambition and achievement. We believe that excellent teaching transforms lives of young people and therefore we are determined to provide the best quality of education for our students.
Ofsted quote (February 2020) – “Leaders want the best for every pupil.” “There is a real family atmosphere around the school.”
At Allerton Grange the whole school community is committed to the principles of Aspire, Grow and Succeed.
Aspire – we want everyone at Allerton Grange to be the best they can be and therefore we set the very highest expectations for all members of our school, regardless of background or ability. We expect the highest standards of behaviour and attitude. The highest standards of uniform and organisation. We expect the highest standards of teaching and learning and conduct from our staff.
Grow – at Allerton Grange we ensure that the opportunities are available for any stakeholder to improve and develop. We provide excellent teaching and an intervention programme to support students academically. We provide many student leadership opportunities which allow students to grow as individuals. We invest heavily in developing our staff and ensuring each member of staff grows as a professional.
Succeed – our commitment to improvement delivers success. We celebrate success with students and staff. We are a rapidly improving school where the quality of teaching ensures that students make rapid progress above that expected nationally. Students are rewarded constantly for meeting the expectations the school sets.
We care for our staff and we want them to enjoy working at Allerton Grange. So, we are committed to minimising unnecessary workload to ensure that delivering our KLAS curriculum remains the main thing. We achieve this in a number of ways:
• We have a staff forum and a teacher workload task group who meet with senior leaders termly to discuss how to improve further working conditions.
• We have only one Pre Public Exam cycle for Y10 through to Y13.
• We only have two data drops in the year.
• There are no central expectations in terms of marking – feedback strategies are shared within departments as part of CPD.
• Every teacher is assigned as subject specialist coach who will support them, through incremental coaching, in better developing their specialist pedagogy.
• Staff training is wholly devolved to departments and focuses on developing each individual teacher’s subject knowledge.
Ofsted quote (February 2020) – “Staff feel valued and supported and proud to be working at Allerton Grange. They appreciate leader’s efforts to make their workload manageable.”
• Students at Allerton Grange are happy and keen to learn.
• They arrive punctually to school and lessons, in full uniform, with full equipment ready to work.
• Our behaviour policy is strict and is consistently applied. There is also very strong pastoral support provided by our team of 26 pastoral professionals.
Ofsted quote (February 2020) – “The atmosphere in lessons and around school is calm and business like.” “Teachers manage behaviour well. If pupils do not follow the school rules, teachers follow procedures consistently.”
Ofsted quote (February 2020) – “Leaders have a very clear vision for the school. The curriculum focuses on knowledge … and the development of literacy skills.”
• Our KLAS curriculum model is central to supporting students in addressing social justice.
• This curriculum ensures that students have the Knowledge, Literacy skills and Aspirational enrichment to address Social mobility.
• Our reading programme is very innovative, and as a result a typical Year 7 student will have read 28 books by the end of their first year with us.
• There are many opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom:
- Curriculum trips occur daily.
- We have cultural trips to the theatre, museums and music venues.
- Our music and drama departments put on termly performances showcasing our students’ talents.
- We have annual humanitarian expeditions to remote parts of the world.
- The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is very well established.
- There are plenty of leadership opportunities to engage with.
Ofsted quote (February 2020) – “Leaders want every pupil to aim high and fulfil their potential. Leaders also aim to give pupils the skills to be successful in the modern world.”