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1 December 2017

Thank you to all members of our school community for the support shown during the recent Ofsted inspection. We received over 600 completed parent surveys, (68% of the families at Allerton Grange) view results here. Of those returning the survey, 89% would recommend Allerton Grange to another parent. This level of support is very much appreciated.

Standards at Allerton Grange have risen rapidly 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.

In stark contrast to the impact of changes made over the last 2 years, following our recent Ofsted inspection, Allerton Grange School has been judged as ‘Requiring Improvement’. Although in Ofsted terms, this judgement translates into “providing an acceptable standard of education”, it is not an accurate assessment of current standards at Allerton Grange. Senior Leaders and Governors know from all the reviews that have taken place over the past 12 months, that standards at our school are good, and this is a judgement shared by the local authority.

The governors and senior leaders at the school have, therefore, taken the decision to challenge this Ofsted judgement. An appeal has been submitted to Ofsted based upon the conduct of the inspection and the evidence base that was used to arrive at their judgements. The local authority is backing this challenge and have submitted a covering letter supporting our statement of appeal. The outcome of the complaint is expected within 6 weeks and the school will share details of this as soon as possible.

Our whole school community should be reassured that, although staff at the school are clearly disappointed with the whole Ofsted process, we are fully committed to ensuring every child receives the best education possible and Allerton Grange will continue to improve.

Ofsted Report and Letter to Parents
"Staff are passionate and committed to developing and improving"
- Parent
"An inclusive school that is focused on providing the best education for its students"
- Prospective Parent
"Fantastic student ambassadors who are a credit to the school."
- Prospective Parent
"Pupils look smart and are well engaged in their lessons"
- Prospective Parent
"Safe, Supportive, Diverse"
- Local Authority Representative
"Strong leadership and motivation with an emphasis on progress"
- Parent
"I am so pleased with the School Gateway app. Every day I can see any achievement and behaviour points my daughter gets and she knows that I’ll discuss it with her; it encourages her to do well."
- Year 8 Parent
"A great learning environment; light, bright and spacious classrooms, clean and well organised."
- Prospective Parent
"I applaud the focus on rewarding good behaviour. My son feels appreciated and recognised at Allerton Grange; we're all so proud."
- Year 8 Parent
"An open and welcoming atmosphere - very useful being allowed to look at teaching and learning"
- Prospective Parent
"The reward and behaviour system is clear, well enforced and has positive results!"
- Parent