Our recent Ofsted inspection acknowledged that standards at Allerton Grange have “improved dramatically” since the last inspection. Despite overwhelming support from students, parents, Governors and the Local Authority, we have been disappointed to hear our appeal against the ‘requires improvement’ judgement has not been upheld. A Freedom of Information request for Ofsted to share parent and student voice gathered during the inspection was also denied.
However, elements of the complaint were successful, including concerns raised about the conduct of the inspection and the failure of the Ofsted team to follow their own procedures.
Our concerns about this Ofsted inspection remain; they disregarded current students’ progress and focused too much on the past five years’ results. Current standards are high at Allerton Grange with the very best teaching and learning in place, however this has not been taken into account, in part, due to the acknowledged failings of this particular inspection team.
Whilst we could continue to challenge the inaccurate Ofsted judgement, we feel that our students are best served by focusing our efforts on our rapid improvement journey. We will further raise the standards of teaching and learning, ensuring that Allerton Grange continues to be a safe and happy learning environment where students thrive and reach their full potential.
Our Post-Ofsted Action Plan can be located further down this page. Updates will be posted every six weeks, showing our progress towards making Allerton Grange an even better place to learn.
We have already achieved rapidly rising standards over the past 2 years; here are some of the headlines:
- Current attendance = 95.6% (up 3% in 2 years)
- Persistent absence = 12.59% (reduction of 8% in 2 years)
- Current punctuality to school = 98.9% (up 37% in 2 years)
- Current punctuality to lessons = 98.9% (up 30% in 2 years)
- Students educated off site (days off site) = 35 school days per week (63% reduction in 2 years)
- Exclusions are down 21% over 2 years.
- Referrals to the isolation room are down 26% over 2 years.
- 98% of students attend school each day with full equipment and ready to learn.
- Truancy to lessons is down 84% over the 2 years.
- Detentions are down 29% over the 2 years.
- Current teaching and learning has been judged, by the local authority and peer reviews, as effective overall and highly effective in maths, English, history, modern foreign languages (MFL), art, geography and music.
- Current leadership of the school has been judged as securely good by the local authority and peer reviews.
- 2017 maths Progress 8 score improved by 0.11 to be above the national average.
- 2017 English Progress 8 score improved by 0.2 to be above the national average.
- 2017 MFL Progress 8 score is well above the national average.
- 2017 the more-able secured Progress 8 above the national average.
- We now have 90% of students following a full EBacc curriculum. (Up 76% in 2 years)
- We now have 50% of students following the triple science qualification. (Up 24% in 2 years)
- Every year group is now full and has a waiting list.
- Due to demand we have had to increase our Year 7 intake by 30 students.