Special measures school in Liverpool promises turnaround

Alsop High School Technology and Applied Learning Specialist College in Liverpool has promised swift action to turnaround performance, after Ofsted deemed the secondary school as ‘inadequate’.

The school in Walton has been rated as ‘inadequate’ overall due to issues with leadership and management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and outcomes for pupils. It has also been rated as ‘requires improvement’ by the school’s inspectorate for personal development, behaviour and welfare, and for its 16-19 study programmes.

Alsop High’s rating means that it will automatically receive an Academy Order and multi-academy trusts will be asked to express an interest in becoming a sponsor for the school.

Chris Wilson, the newly=appointed head at the school, said: “We are very disappointed by the outcome of the recent inspection and are determined to act on the report, and we have already taken swift action to address several of the report’s points. I have been working with the local education authority to secure external support from external colleagues in outstanding schools in the region so that we can learn from best practice and make rigorous improvements. I have also been reviewing the school’s leadership roles to make sure that they are fit for purpose.

“Although the report is a challenging one I am pleased that Ofsted has recognised some of the school’s strengths, such as pastoral support, the improvements we have made in pupils moving on to further and higher education, employment and training, and, above all, our enthusiastic and committed teachers. We will use these as the foundations for our future success.”

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