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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.


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Post Ofsted Development Plan - Updated April 2018
Ofsted Report 2017
“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
"An inclusive school that is focused on providing the best education for its students"
- Prospective Parent
“Excellent facilities, improving school”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Very impressed with the sports facilities"
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
“Impressed with the consistent enthusiasm of the teaching staff when discussing feedback”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
"Staff are passionate and committed to developing and improving"
- Parent
"Pupils look smart and are well engaged in their lessons"
- Prospective Parent
“I especially liked the Science and Maths departments”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
“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
"Strong leadership and motivation with an emphasis on progress"
- Parent
“Welcoming staff, friendly, confident students and excellent facilities”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
“Great facilities. Dedicated and enthusiastic staff”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Safe, Supportive, Diverse"
- Local Authority Representative
"A great learning environment; light, bright and spacious classrooms, clean and well organised."
- Prospective Parent
“Great opportunity to meet staff and gain greater depth of my child’s achievement”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
“Clean, bright, vibrant learning space”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"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
"An open and welcoming atmosphere - very useful being allowed to look at teaching and learning"
- Prospective 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
“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