Alder Community High School
Tameside, United Kingdom
About Alder Community High School
Welcome to Alder Community High School
We are a community and we want all students to thrive in a happy, safe, supportive, yet challenging learning environment. Central to our positive ethos are core values of tolerance, respect for others and a clear understanding of rights and responsibilities in equal measure, along with hard work and high expectations.
We are in relentless pursuit of excellence, and in doing so, achieve high academic success whilst building resilience and fostering a love of learning, so that all students fulfil their potential.
Our students will receive the highest quality of teaching and we will invest in our staff to realise the vision. Our staff and their wellbeing are important and without them, our students could not flourish.
Students are at the centre of everything we do and increasing their life chances is our primary goal. We want our students to leave Alder as well rounded human beings, work/college ready and able to take their place in society to contribute, enjoy life and be able to improve their own lives and the lives of others.
We are a popular, oversubscribed school with around 800 students on roll, mainly white British with around 15% from minority ethnic groups. In 2018 we increased numbers from 155 to 180 in year 7 and will continue for the next four years until we reach approximately 930 students in 2022.
The proportion of students eligible for the Pupil Premium is around the national average having been above the national average in previous years. The proportion of students who require SEN support is around the national average. The proportion of students supported by a Statement or an EHCP is above the national average.
Our intake is broadly average compared with national KS2 data. In 2018, 75% 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 November 2017 Ofsted judged us as continuing 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 work collaboratively with a variety of schools within the Greater Manchester area and have active subject networks working together to drive up standards across Tameside.
The many people who have visited us have found a happy and purposeful school community and we have had lots of very pleasing feedback. 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.
The school holds the Quality in Careers Standard (which superseded the gold IAG award), an SSAT Educational Outcomes award, a Pupil Premium award and is a Physics hub for The Ogden Trust and The Institute of Physics.
The senior staff are approachable. The Headteacher is genuine, kind and really cares about his staff. The school has a real welcoming community feel from staff and students. Parents are engaged and involved. Staff wellbeing is genuinely considered to be important.- Jenna Holland, Assistant CL of Maths
With it being a smaller school, something I’ve noticed is staff wellbeing, support and friendliness. It's almost a family style ethos.- Sarah McGladdery, CL of Maths
Alder is a great place to work. The atmosphere when walking in is both welcoming and supportive. The students are friendly and hardworking and are some of the best in the borough. The charity work in school is amazing and that’s all down to the hard work and generosity of all the staff and students. It’s the best place to work.- Lynn Crawford, Teacher of Art