Allerton High School
Leeds, United Kingdom
About Allerton High School
A Vision for Allerton High Business & Enterprise Specialist School
Allerton High is committed to enabling young people to achieve success and prepare them for the challenges ahead, working in partnership with students, their carers and the community. As a Specialist Business and Enterprise School, we have set ourselves challenging targets for the whole school.
The school community shares the values which underpin this Vision. These are incorporated into the following aims:
• To raise achievement by:
Developing individual talent and potential
Having high expectations of everyone
Recognising and celebrating success
Providing opportunities for becoming highly skilled in the use of ICT
Ensuring that the teaching and learning environment is secure, safe and clean
Driving a culture of business and enterprise
Integrating local services for the benefit of students and their families
Iinvolving the community in life long learning
Nurturing a feeling of pride in the school
• To develop moral, social, cultural and spiritual awareness by:
Actively encouraging the acceptance of responsibility for one’s own behaviour
Promoting relationships which show mutual respect
Developing an understanding of other faiths and cultures
Celebrating diversity and difference
Developing a respect for honesty and truth
Encouraging a healthy life style
Developing good citizens
Promoting the importance of international perspectives
Enabling young people to achieve success
Allerton High Business and Enterprise Specialist School has a long history, spanning the twentieth century. It began as a kindergarten offshoot of Leeds Girls’ High School in 1901, in Chapel Allerton. Having developed into a Girls’ Grammar School it moved to the present campus in 1939. In 1972 boys joined the girls when the school became a 13-18 comprehensive under local government reorganisation.
Since 1992, Allerton High Business and Enterprise Specialist School has been an 11-18 mixed comprehensive school, situated in a northern suburb of the City of Leeds. There are currently 1103 students, including 204 in the sixth form. The school fits the term comprehensive in the true sense. There is a broad mix of academic ability, with a wide cultural and ethnic mix.
The school was inspected under the new OfSTED framework in December 2005. It was judged to be a good school overall with outstanding features.
20.1% of the students speak English as an additional language, 4% are statemented and SEN is 18.2%. 11% of students are Jewish, 8% Sikh, 7% Muslim, 7% Black African/African Caribbean, 4% Hindu, 2% Chinese. The ethos of the school encourages students to develop tolerance and understanding of other faiths and cultures. OfSTED (2005) said: “It is outstanding in promoting racial and inter-faith harmony.” … “The school is a harmonious, multi-racial and multi-faith community and responds well to its diverse range of needs.”… “Students work together harmoniously. Race relations are outstanding. Several students said that they never think about racial issues within the school, as these ‘just do not exist’. The school has received national recognition in this field.”
A new Behaviour Policy is to be launched in September 2007 with the support of all staff and Governors.
OfSTED (2005) noted: “Most students’ behaviour is good”… “Very good relationships within school enable teachers to manage most behaviour effectively and to motivate students.”
Within a clear and firm structure, the school seeks to develop self-discipline and individual motivation amongst its students, encouraging them to access all the opportunities open to them. These opportunities, through the National Curriculum, extension subjects, sport, the Arts, enterprise, social and extra-curricular provision, all seek to extend students to the limits of their capabilities.
Emphasis is placed on spiritual and moral growth for all members of the school community. Education at Allerton High is a shared enterprise, being a partnership between school, students and their homes. OfSTED (2005) found that: “Students generally make good progress and achieve well”… “Outstanding personal and social education programme” … “Pastoral care at all levels is good”.
Allerton High Business and Enterprise Specialist School is proud of its commitment to developing leaders, including our participation in projects such as “Leading from the Middle Leadership Pathways” and NPQH. OfSTED (2005) found that: “The leadership provided by the headteacher is outstanding; it gives an inspirational vision for the future development of the school and promotes a good ethos for learning.”
Building development enabled the 1992 expansion and provided specialist suites of rooms, together with subject-grouped teaching bases. Our well-maintained sports hall is in constant demand, and the school has access to pitches, courts and practice areas which circle the site. Since September 2005, there are seven full sized Computer Rooms and four smaller resourced areas. All are used heavily by the ICT and Business Studies Departments but can be booked for cross-curricular work. There are 32 Interactive Whiteboards and additional digital projectors which improve the resource base of the school. Success Maker is used by the Special Educational Needs Department. All teaching staff have access to a personal lap top computer. Reports on students’ progress are created electronically
and documents, such as the school’s generic lesson plan, are available on the staff ICT network.
The ‘Building Schools for the Future Initiative’, has identified Allerton High Business and Enterprise Specialist School as a school site to be re-built. This is scheduled to be completed in 2008, to include a £1.2m Multi Faith Centre.
PANDA data over the last three years indicates that, at all levels, the school is achieving above national standards and performing better than similar schools. The DfES recognised the school’s achievement with an Award in 2003. In 2006 the school’s 5 A* – C GCSE pass rate was 63% (61% in 2005).
Teaching and Learning
High quality teaching and learning takes place at Allerton High Business and Enterprise Specialist School, often delivered by new technologies. Staff are encouraged to use the school’s generic lesson plan to prepare and plan teaching and learning activities, and are used with an Allerton High Staff Planner. Several curriculum areas share plans across their teams, sharing good practice. A Teaching and Learning group has led and developed staff sharing of expertise. OfSTED (2005) said: “Brisk pace and a good range of activities engage students with differing learning styles, and promote their independent learning.” … “Good challenging teaching.”
Business and Enterprise
Allerton High was awarded B&E status by the DfES for September 2003. Since then there have been many improvements to our resource level across the school.
There are two main strands for specialist status school and community. The three main curriculum areas are Business Studies, ICT and Mathematics. Through the additional funding, the rooms in the specialist areas have been refurbished. Air cooling has been provided to four ICT/Business Studies rooms, as well as Interactive White Boards. This has had a significant impact on teaching and learning. There have also been significant developments in the curriculum within these areas and these are now being developed across the school. Students have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of enterprise activities.
So far, our links with the community have been strengthened through:
• Our Mathematics teachers working in Alwoodley, Archbishop Cranmer, Brodetsky and Carr Manor primary schools.
• Fir Tree primary school attending Allerton High for their ICT lessons.
• Our Mathematics and English teachers leading twilight sessions in the Yes Cyber Café in Chapel Allerton
• Students from City of Leeds School Business classes joining our Business Dynamics days.
• Community ICT classes running
• Cisco academy status being gained.
Specialist School Status
Allerton High became a specialist Business and Enterprise School in September 2003. OfSTED (2005) said: “The school’s specialist status in business and enterprise is having a very positive influence on the range of vocational options for students.” This provides additional resources for Business Studies, ICT and Mathematics, which are increasingly impacting on other curriculum areas. A broadening of Business and ICT Courses, offered in KS4 and Post-16, has led to the increase in the stay-on rate to 65% (2005) and additional students moving from other schools.
At Allerton High Business and Enterprise Specialist School, staff are expected to deliver as well as receive high quality CPD. This helps us to share good practice at all levels. Staff responsibility for seeking their own high quality CPD is encouraged and the school has four Advanced Skills Teachers (Art, Business Studies, PSE, RE) who spend one day each week working in other Leeds schools. There is a structured, successful and ongoing support programme for NQTs, ITTs and GTP.
Through collaboration with three other North West Leeds High Schools, Allerton High Business and Enterprise Specialist extends its Post-16 Curriculum to sustain minority subjects and broaden opportunities and is collaborating with the NW SILC (North West Social Inclusion Learning Centre) to develop a partnership. There is now a specialist unit for a small number of students with an autistic spectrum condition based on site. OfSTED (2005) stated “Provision for care, guidance and support is good with some outstanding features, such as the provision for students requiring literacy support.”
The school has a designated speech and language unit, which includes a speech therapy input. There are 36 students with statements of Special Educational Need, many of whom require in-class support, which is usually delivered by Teaching Assistants (TA) at the direction of the class teacher. Many classes in Years 7 and 8 benefit from the support of at least one TA.
We actively seek to attract committed and inspirational colleagues who enjoy working with young people and providing them with a wide range of exciting learning opportunities, who share our vision for high quality teaching and learning and who want to be an active part of our future.