Alder Community High School
Tameside, United Kingdom
About Alder Community High School
Welcome to Alder Community High School. We have around 775 students on roll, mainly white with around 13% from minority ethnic groups. Around 30% of students are eligible for free school meals (Ever6 FSM) and around 11% have Special Educational Needs. Our intake is broadly average compared with national KS2 data. In 2018 we will be increasing numbers from 155 to 180 in year 7 and continue for the next five years until we reach approximately 900 students in 2022.
Our school is moving from strength to strength; the percentage of students gaining five or more higher grades including English and Mathematics has increased year on year to 72% in 2016. Our capped points score (takes into account attainment in 8 GCSEs) has risen steadily over the last few years and was the highest it has ever been in 2016 and way above the national average. The percentage of students achieving A*-C in both English and Mathematics was 76% in 2016. Expected progress in English and Mathematics for 2016 was 81% and 86% respectively, way above the national average. Our progress 8 score is above average and is in the top 30% of schools nationally. In 2017 80% of students achieved a grade 4 or above in English and 73% of students achieved grade 4 or above in both English and maths. To see how we compare with other schools please see the Government performance tables at https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/134283. In June 2014 Ofsted judged the school to be a ’Good’ school.
We have a truly comprehensive intake ranging from students who need significant additional support, right up to students who have gone on to Cambridge and Oxford universities. We achieved Maths and Computing specialist status in 2006 and were re-designated in 2010 for a further three years and, whilst funding for specialisms has evaporated, we still carry on with our work supporting our local Primary schools and the wider community.
We are committed to improving our school and staff at Alder have many opportunities to improve as teachers and leaders through a personalised CPD programme. We have strong links with an outstanding school in Stockport and are part of the ‘A+ Trust’ which is a group of 6 high schools, 1 special school and a sixth form college working together to drive up standards across Tameside. There have been positive gains in terms of results and Ofsted gradings in all the A+ Trust institutions.
The many people who have visited us have found a happy and purposeful school community and we have had lots of very pleasing feedback. As an indication of our growing reputation we are now considerably oversubscribed. We are a caring school and exclusions are relatively low. We have a comprehensive support package in place for needy youngsters and in 2010 were awarded the Every Child Matters national standard. Our attendance rates have improved steadily to just over 96% and our Persistent Absentee (PA) rate is below the national average. We have been re-designated the gold standard for Inspiring Information, Advice and Guidance (Inspiring IAG).
In 2014 we received an SSAT Educational Outcomes award. In 2015 we were informed by the DfE that we were one of 9 schools in the North West to receive the Pupil Premium Award 2015 in recognition of improvement in between 2011 to 2014 for outcomes for ‘disadvantaged students’.