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Term ended with a day of celebration for staff and students at Alsop High School as they heard that the school has been shortlisted in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) School’s Award. Alsop has made it into the Community Impact category with awards recognising and celebrating outstanding work in secondary schools across the UK.
The TES Schools awards, now in their ninth year, celebrate the innovation, achievement and dedication of the staff in schools across the country. The winners will be revealed at a sparkling awards ceremony and dinner in the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London, on the evening of Friday 23 June.
The HOPE 2016 and FAITH 2017 initiatives were developed to foster cohesion and develop pride in the wider community of North Liverpool. The Hope 2016 initiative recently won the prestigious “WOW” Award at the 2016 Educate Awards ceremony.
Mr Joe Mangan, Headteacher, comments:
“In recent years Alsop has worked hard to build stronger links with parents and residents in both the immediate and wider North Liverpool community. We are committed to life-long learning.
As the school approaches it’s centenary in 2019 our core aim is to impact upon the wider community and contribute to the regeneration of North Liverpool. I believe it is this aim which has enabled Alsop to be shortlisted for this prestigious award.”
Peter Bull, Co-ordinator of FAITH 2017 comments:
“We are delighted that Alsop has been shortlisted for the TES Schools Community Impact Award. We are proud because it is the recognition of the hard work that staff and students have invested into our school and neighbourhood.”
The aim of the award is to recognise the excellent and reward the professionalism of schools making an outstanding contribution to and impact within their wider community.
The school has worked closely with Jenny Sinclair, daughter of the late Bishop David Sheppard, and Director of Together for the Common Good to develop both HOPE 2016 and FAITH 2017. Jenny comments:
"Alsop High thoroughly deserve to be shortlisted for the TES Schools Award 2017.
We believe that a school rooted in its community can be a force for the common good: Alsop High have shown how this can work.
It has been great partnering with Peter Bull and his colleagues. In Hope 2016, we wanted to see schools, community and faith groups working together, focusing on ‘hope' and generating a sense of local pride. It was moving to see the young people grow in confidence and talk about compassion in the classroom, and impressive to see them taking responsibility in their community.”
FAITH 2017 is now building upon the success of HOPE 2016. Schools in North Liverpool are working together for the common good and encourage collaboration between people of different faiths and cultures.
This week Alsop has hosted the northern premiere of 84303, a film about an 87 year old Holocaust Survivor, Mr Zigi Shipper. The school has also facilitated a Hillsborough Justice Day. Mrs Margaret Aspinall spoke during a service at the school. This culminated with Alsop students releasing 96 balloons in memory of those who died at Hillsborough.
This faith based initiative is being delivered in partnership with Together for the Common Good, Liverpool SACRE, the Archbishop of York Youth Trust, Liverpool Diocese, churches of all denominations, fellow faith traditions and community groups