Archbishop Sentamu Launches Alsop Centenary

On Friday 10th March His Grace John Sentamu, Archbishop of York launched the centenary celebrations at Alsop High School. Students led a special act of collective worship to welcome the Archbishop and to celebrate the life and witness of the school.


This year Alsop High School celebrates its centenary year. The school was delighted when Archbishop John Sentamu accepted their invitation to launch their centenary year. Archbishop John entered a packed hall, which included students past and present, staff, students from partner primary schools, representatives of faith communities and local residents.


During the act of collective worship students spoke movingly about the history of the school and Mr James Willcox Alsop, after whom the school was named. The worship contained choral items from the Alsop Vocal Group and the choir of St Mary CE School, West Derby performed a song “It’s me, It’s you, It’s us that builds community.


Students read centenary messages. Mr Alastair Machray, Editor of the Liverpool Echo wrote:

“Alsop is not just a school in the community but a school LEADING a community.”

THE Rt. Rev. Paul Bayes, Lord Bishop of Liverpool wrote:

“On behalf of Liverpool Diocese I would like to offer congratulations Alsop for serving the needs of countless generations of young people. The school rooted in the north Liverpool community continues to be a force of the common good and shines as a beacon of hope to empower the aspirations and needs of all.”


The Archbishop addressed the students. He quoted the wonderful words of the school motto “Faman Extendere Factis.” This Latin phrase means “We extend our fame through our deeds.” He said these are “wonderful words and they are about spreading goodness.” He said “the tradition and the teaching at Alsop speaks for itself.”

Archbishop Sentamu then used a simple piece of drama to highlight the importance of teamwork. “If we are to work together we need to face each other, we need to walk together so that everyone benefits and no-one is left behind.”

Archbishop Sentamu said, “It is better to be in a team than to work alone.” He added, “If we work in teams Together, Everyone, Achieves, More.”


Archbishop Sentamu then answered a wide range of questions. He declared he was a supporter of York City Football Club, and how his most exciting days, are those he spends in schools with young people. He told the students that they were amazing young people with so many talents. He asked students to shout out, “I am beautiful, I am intelligent.” He stressed that each, and every person has the possibility to achieve their best and young people should never believe anything negative about themselves. Archbishop Sentamu introduced a new word “Fantabulous” and said that the word just summed up his feelings about visiting Alsop.

The event is one of a programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the school. The school is hoping to organise the “Alsop Grand Reunion” of former students and staff on Friday 12th July 2019. On Saturday 13th July 2019, Alsop will host “The Alsop Great Get Together” for current students, parents and community members.

Our first #Alsop100 video can be viewed here via You Tube – watch and listen to our amazing students by clicking on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wGQ6BtzALE&feature=youtu.be

Former students and staff are encouraged to visit the school website www.alsophigh.org.uk for further information about the #Alsop100 Centenary.

For more information please contact office@alsophigh.org.uk or telephone 0151 235 1200