Alsop shortlisted for national TES Education Award

The excitement builds at Alsop High School as staff and students heard that the school has been shortlisted in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) School’s Award 2018. Alsop has made it into the Community and Collaboration Award category with awards recognising and celebrating outstanding work in secondary schools across the UK.

The TES Schools awards, now in their tenth year, celebrate the innovation, achievement and dedication of the staff in schools across the country. The winning schools will be revealed, at a sparkling awards ceremony and dinner, in the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London, on the evening of Friday 22nd June.

Alsop developed their FAITH 2017 initiative in collaboration with partner schools to foster cohesion and develop pride in the wider community of North Liverpool. The Faith 2017 initiative recently won the prestigious Community Award at the 2017 Educate Awards ceremony.

During a recent visit to the school, Mr Alastair Machray, Editor in Chief of the Liverpool Echo spoke highly about the work of the school. He comments:

“Alsop is a school not just IN a community, but a school LEADING a community.”

This week FAITH 2017 received recognition at the National Crimebeat Awards for community engagement in North Liverpool. Alsop received the award “for their outstanding contribution to helping to reduce crime and create a safer community”. Students travelled to London to deliver a presentation to HRH The Duchess of Gloucester and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Ms Cressida Dick. The school gained 2nd Place and won a £500 cash prize.

Mr Joe Mangan, Headteacher, comments:

“To reach the final and be shortlisted is an amazing achievement.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 and Collaboration 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 2018.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. During FAITH 2017, 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.”

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.