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Ofsted Appeal Disappointment

Ofsted continues to back its own initial rating of Requires Improvement for a popular North Leeds school whose results, it acknowledges, have “improved dramatically” since its previous good rating in 2012.

Following the appointment of Mike Roper as head teacher in 2015, Allerton Grange has demonstrated rapid improvements in all areas and strong academic progress. Despite overwhelming support from students, parents, Governors and the Local Authority, Allerton Grange is disappointed to hear that their appeal against the judgement has not been upheld.

Mr Roper said, “We raised concerns in regards to the inspection process itself, which 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 acknowledged, in part, due to an ineffective inspection system.

“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.”

"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
“It was good to speak to his form tutor and hear about what is happening in class”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
"An open and welcoming atmosphere - very useful being allowed to look at teaching and learning"
- Prospective Parent
“Friendly staff, well-behaved kids”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"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
“Excellent feedback, we’re very happy with progress so far”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
"The reward and behaviour system is clear, well enforced and has positive results!"
- Parent
“Excellent facilities, improving school”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"An inclusive school that is focused on providing the best education for its students"
- Prospective Parent
"Very impressed with the sports facilities"
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Staff are passionate and committed to developing and improving"
- Parent
“Impressed with the consistent enthusiasm of the teaching staff when discussing feedback”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
“I especially liked the Science and Maths departments”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Pupils look smart and are well engaged in their lessons"
- Prospective Parent
“Driven leadership, confident pupils. Staff friendly and open to discussing subjects and needs of my child”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Fantastic student ambassadors who are a credit to the school."
- Prospective Parent
“Welcoming staff, friendly, confident students and excellent facilities”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Strong leadership and motivation with an emphasis on progress"
- Parent
“Great facilities. Dedicated and enthusiastic staff”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Safe, Supportive, Diverse"
- Local Authority Representative
“Great opportunity to meet staff and gain greater depth of my child’s achievement”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
"A great learning environment; light, bright and spacious classrooms, clean and well organised."
- Prospective Parent
“Clean, bright, vibrant learning space”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018