Embedding Alps and raising student achievement

25th April 2023

By Anton McGrath, CEO at Stamford Park Trust

Ashton Sixth Form College is located in the borough of Tameside, Greater Manchester. The college hosts over 2300 16-18 year old students following one of three distinct curriculum programmes: an A level programme, a Vocational programme and a Mixed programme, consisting of a blend of both A level and vocational qualifications.

An Alps College

Ashton Sixth Form College has always worked with the Alps system and used it as a cornerstone of practice within the college. Staff are well versed in the system and are adept at using Alps reports at both college and subject level. There has been a renewed focus on the strategic use of Alps which led to significant improvements in both raw results and value added terms. The Principal and Vice Principal: Achievement and Quality, lead departmental training sessions each year to reinforce the use of Alps and to introduce the system to any new members of staff. Students are introduced to the Alps system during target setting assemblies within the first ten days of the new academic year, which are then reinforced at subject level through subject specific tutorials.

Moving to Alps Connect

All staff were introduced to Connect at the first full staff meeting of the year. We used the short videos produced by Alps and hosted on YouTube as a starting point to introduce the package as our key monitoring tool for the year. In early September, we invited Alps to the college to train all members of the Senior Leadership Team in the use of Alps Connect…

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