Mr Gerard McKenna BSc(Hons) NPQH
Alperton Community School is an exceptional school. We are proud to be an inclusive school with a student intake that reflects a wonderfully diverse and vibrant local community. Our school motto is “Aspire, Commit, Succeed”. We believe that if you have high expectations and work hard, success will follow; and recently, we have had some incredible successes.
Our school has become internationally recognised following the success of our Art and Textiles teacher Andria Zafirakou who won the $1million Global Teacher Prize 2018. The school has been shortlisted for the TES School of the Year 2018 and won the TES Maths Team of the Year 2017. We are one of only four schools in the country to hold the Platinum Professional Development Mark and one of only 100 schools to hold the Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence.
In September, we received our 2016 Ofsted Report, which judged us to be “Good with Outstanding Leadership and Management”, because the school leaders “are uncompromising in their ambition for pupils’ outcomes and have shaped a culture within the school of high expectation and aspiration”.
Our GCSE and A Level results in 2017 were the best the school has ever achieved. The progress students make from their primary school is exceptional. The percentage of students achieving five good GCSEs (Grade 4+/A*-C) including English and maths has increased by 22% over the last four years and now stands at 64%. In 2016 and 2017 the school has been ranked in the top 5% of schools nationally for student progress at GCSE (Progress 8 score of +0.51) and ranked in the top 1% of schools across the country for maths and top 9% for English. The school has been graded in the highest category “well above average” in both 2016 and 2017 DfE Performance Tables.
More than one third of our A level cohort has been accepted onto degree courses at prestigious Russell Group universities. The A level results are significantly higher than the national results and the progress made by students studying science and maths is excellent.
We are very proud of our students. They have a passion for learning and are truly welcoming and respectful. We work hard to ensure that learning takes place in a culture of mutual respect. We expect nothing less than exemplary student behaviour and attitudes to learning at all times. We believe that all students can succeed and exceed expectations through hard work and commitment. We aspire to achieve these objectives, by delivering high quality teaching and learning.
We are very fortunate to have a brand new school building which will fully open in the summer term. The new building has 83 classrooms with purpose-built specialist Drama, Music, Art and DT facilities as well as 14 Science laboratories, 10 ICT rooms, a Dance Studio, an Activity Studio, an enormous Sports Hall and outdoor MUGA. Every classroom is equipped with state-of-the-art ICT facilities. We are very fortunate to have extensive outdoor spaces which are set aside for break and lunchtime activities.
We have made tremendous gains in the last three years, but we are ambitious for further successes. We want to make sure that every student has the opportunity to succeed and achieve their ambitions. I would urge you to take the time to visit our school. You will find a warm, welcoming staff and a learning ethos that is second to none.
Thank you for taking the time to find out a little more about our school and our fantastic community.