Our Case Studies

Our case studies are all written by high performing Alps schools and colleges. They all have experience of bringing about performance improvements through the careful application of the Alps system.

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16. East Riding of Yorkshire – Alps Case Study 31st May 2017

How making Alps a part of the A Level Charter across the East Riding of Yorkshire has helped to improve student outcomes. Read more

15. Practical Use of Alps in a School Sixth Form 31st May 2017, Dr John Roe, Radyr Comprehensive School

Radyr Comprehensive started working with Alps in May 2014 and over the last few years, with our help, they have been able to raise standards whilst expanding. Read more

14. Tower Hamlets – Alps Case Study 31st May 2017, Tim Williams, Secondary Development Officer Post 16

How Tower Hamlets LA have invested significantly in the Alps process as part of an initiative to improve A level outcomes for students across the borough. Read more

13. The Use of Alps in Brynteg School Sixth Form 31st May 2017, Richard Martin, Assistant Headteacher, Brynteg School Sixth Form

How Alps is used to excellent effect in a Welsh school sixth form of around 380 students. Read more

12. Gordon’s School Sixth Form, Woking, Surrey 31st May 2017, Mr A A Bodell, Deputy Headteacher

In 2013 Gordon’s suffered relatively poor A level results resulting in a comprehensive review of the sixth form’s processes and systems. This began with an analysis of the school’s summer 2013 summative Alps report. Read more

11. Alps – At the Heart of Establishing a Successful Sixth Form 24th April 2017, Brigid Doherty, Shirley High School

How effectively monitoring the students’ progress using Alps target grades has enabled Shirley High School to put intervention strategies in place; leading to year on year improvement in both student outcomes and value added performance. Read more

10. Using Alps Key Stage 4 at Farlingaye High School 16th December 2016, Ian Piddington, Farlingaye High School

A short case study looking at our new KS4 report and its potential to improve student performance at Farlingaye High School Read more

09. Sustaining outstanding progress using Alps at Holyhead School 16th December 2016, Samirah Roberts, Vice Principal, Holyhead School

How Holyhead School have used Alps, alongside PiXL strategies, to improve performance in the sixth form. Read more

08. A Local Authority View on the Use of Alps 16th December 2016, Rosie Knapper, Advisor Post-16, Dorset County Council

A local authority view on working with Alps to support schools and colleges. Read more

07. Using Alps Key Stage 4 at Clapton Girls’ Academy 16th December 2016, Paul Ebblewhite & Judy Miln

Clapton Girls' Academy have successfully used KS5 Alps for a number of years. In Summer 2016 they received our all new Key Stage 4 report for the first time. This case study looks at their initial experience of using the report, and explores some of the key benefits that KS4 Alps is already bringing to the Academy. Read more

06. Alps at Ringwood Academy 16th December 2016, Andrew Walbrin, Director of Sixth Form, Ringwood Academy

How Ringwood Academy have made effective use of Alps reports and Alps Monitoring. Read more

05. Using Alps Monitoring Reports at The John Fisher School, Purley 16th December 2016, Phil Johnson, Executive Director of Studies, The John Fisher School

How The John Fisher school have made effective use of powerful Alps Monitoring reports. Read more

04. Salford City College – How we use Alps 16th December 2016, Michael J Walsh, Deputy Principal, Salford City College

How Salford City College have made use of their Alps report, including during Ofsted inspection. Read more

03. Alps and its Role in Fostering an Outstanding Culture 17th October 2016, Paul Britton, Assistant Principal, Nelson & Colne College

How a small tertiary college in a diverse community with some areas of very high deprivation have used Alps to improve their students' outcomes. Read more

02. Using Alps at Windsor Girls’ School 17th October 2016, Sue MacGregor, Windsor Girls School

How Windsor Girls School have used Alps reports, including our powerful Monitoring Reports, to improve student performance in the sixth form. Read more

01. Alps at Farlingaye High School 17th October 2016, Ian Piddington, Deputy Headteacher, Farlingaye High School

How using Alps has made a real difference to performance at Farlingaye High School. Read more

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13. Seeking further improvement using Alps 7th July 2016, Paul Thompson, Deputy Headteacher, Rickmansworth School

How Alps has been used successfully to boost performance in a partially selective sixth form. Read more

12. Progress at Truro & Penwith College a whole college approach 7th July 2016, Andy Stittle, Quality Assurance Leader

How an Outstanding college has incorporated Alps into their exceptional value added systems, college values and aspirational culture. Read more

11. Using Alps to support sixth form improvement 7th July 2016, Haydn Evans MA DPhil FRSC, Headteacher, The Sir John Cass Red Coat School

A case study on the use of Alps in a multi-faith and multi-cultural school in Stepney, East London. Read more

10. Using Alps at Ravens Wood School 5th July 2016, Lewis Clift, Deputy Headteacher

How Alps is used successfully in an all ability 11–16 boys’ school with a mixed sixth form in Bromley, Kent. Read more

09. Using Alps at St. Benedict’s Catholic School 8th April 2016, Pauline Baker, Assistant Head of Sixth Form

How St Benedict's use Alps for target setting, departmental reviews and monitoring Read more

08. Introducing Alps at The Sixth Form College Farnborough 8th April 2016, Simon Reigh, Assistant Principal Quality

How a leading sixth form college introduced Alps and used it to support their mission of 'improving students' achievements' Read more

07. Using Alps at Reepham College 8th April 2016, John Randall, Vice Principal, Reepham High School & College

How Reepham College settled on Alps as their preferred performance measurement system - and how they incorporated it successfully into their consistently excellent performance. Read more

06. Using Alps at Beauchamps High School 16th December 2015, Robert Hodges, Headteacher

How a mixed ability comprehensive in South East Essex used Alps as part of their journey to Ofsted ‘Outstanding’. Read more

05. Alps in a new Sixth Form 16th December 2015, Catherine Connaughton, Deputy Headteacher, Blessed Thomas Holford

A case study exploring how Blessed Thomas Holford went from Blue Cold to Red Hot in 4 years. Read more

04. Alps at Whitchurch High School 3rd November 2015, Ceri Garlant, Assistant Headteacher, Whitchurch High School

How the use of Alps at Whitchurch High School continues to be highly valued in the ongoing drive for sustained excellence in Wales’ largest secondary school. Read more

03. Using Alps to maintain high achievement 3rd November 2015, Stewart Hesse, Director of Sixth Form, Stoke Newington School

How Stoke Newington School have achieved success by using Alps with students, parents and teachers, and how they have used our analysis alongside the L3VA to provide evidence during Ofsted. Read more

02. How does Alps support us in meeting the needs of every student in our cohort? 23rd September 2015, Kate Walter & Cindy Haynes, Senior Assistant Headteacher & Data Manager, Skipton Girls High School

How a successful girls' high school use Alps with students, teachers and school leaders to help them deliver their specialised curriculum and to maintain their commitment to STEM education. Read more

01. Alps as a diagnostic tool – the use of Alps to solve a performance problem 1st September 2015, James Staniforth, Principal, Strode College, Somerset

Exploring how Strode College used Alps to address performance problems and to evidence 'Outstanding' performance to Ofsted. Read more

2014/15 Show

The Thomas Hardye School Alps journey to outstanding 1st July 2015, Mike Foley, Headteacher, The Thomas Hardye School, Dorset

How the Thomas Hardye school made effective use of their Alps data in achieving a judgement of 'Outstanding' during their Ofsted inspection. Read more

Alps: How do we love thee? Let us count the ways… 1st April 2015, Jill Eartherden, Head of Sixth, Bay House Sixth Form

The top six reasons why Bay House Sixth have been so pleased with their use of Alps and how they have made it instrumental to performance improvement. Read more

Embedding Alps at Sandringham School Sixth Form 1st April 2015, Katie Barter, Assistant Head Teacher (Sixth Form), Sandringham School Sixth Form

A case study exploring how Sandringham School have made Alps part of their processes, including using our colours effectively as part of their internal monitoring and tracking systems. Read more

Using Alps from a Local Authority (LA) Persepctive 1st February 2015, Kay Shaw, Lead Officer School Improvement, Learning Transformation & Skills, Wakefield Council

A case study exploring how Wakefield Local Authority used Alps as part of their work to foster stronger collaboration between post-16 providers. Read more

Supporting the tail & driving up the top grades at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School 1st February 2015, Russell Bowen & David Goodwin, Deputy Headteacher & AHT i/c Sixth Form, Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

A case study exploring how Bishop Vesey's Grammar School have used Alps to encourage their best students to achieve more and to support their under-performing students to meet their targets. Read more

The impact of using Alps to raise aspirations and achievement 1st February 2015, Nick Fisher, Deputy Headmaster, Truro School, Cornwall

Explores how an independent school in Cornwall implemented Alps. Truro School have been using our systems since 2011 as part of their overall performance management structure. Read more

Bouncing back into the RED 1st February 2015, Andrew Hartley, Assistant Headteacher, The Downs School, Newbury

How one school used Alps to re-establish excellent value added performance. Read more

Using Alps successfully as a Local Authority 1st January 2015, Caroline Foster, 14 - 19 Strategic Leader, Bournemouth & Poole

A case study exploring how Bournemouth & Poole local authority have benefited from using the Alps 'Travel to Learn' LA reports. Read more

Standing on the Starting Line 1st January 2015, Jason Peters, Assistant Principal (Curriculum & Standards), Suffolk One

How Suffolk One was able to integrate Alps systems and processes from day one. Read more

Using Alps with Ofsted: Achieving Outstanding 1st January 2015, Leon Riley & Richard Fletcher, Vice Principals, NEW College Pontefract

A case study exploring the role that using Alps played in NEW College Pontefract's Ofsted judgement of 'outstanding'. Read more

Developing an Alps culture to sustain improvement 1st November 2014, Talvinder Bhullar, Assistant Headteacher, Woodbridge High School, London

How one school worked with the full range of stakeholders, including students, teachers and governors, to ensure that Alps was fully embedded in their culture and ethos. Read more

Using Alps to raise AS level standards to match ‘Outstanding’ at A level 1st November 2014, Rob Wallace, Head of Sixth Form, John Kyrle High School, Herefordshire

Using Alps to achieve consistently excellent value added performance in both the upper and the lower sixth. Read more

Moving from BLACK to RED: How we used Alps to move our results to outstanding 1st November 2014, Gareth Jenkins, Head of Upper School, Chingford Foundation School, London

How Alps was introduced as part of a drive to improve attainment in the sixth form and in particular to tackle inconsistency of performance across A level subjects. Read more

Every grade counts: Using Alps to promote high expectation 1st September 2014, Iain Cornell, Deputy Head, The Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester

How changes to tracking processes and a shift in expectations helped the Thomas Hardye school to improve performance across a range of departments. Read more

2013/14 Show

Embedding Alps at The Henry Box School 1st June 2014, David Bell, Deputy Head & Head of Sixth Form, The Henry Box School, Witney

A detailed summary of the ways in which the Henry Box School have embedded Alps, including their policies on 'Action & Intervention' for both over- and under-achievement. Read more

Improving Value Added & Eliminating ‘BLUE’ Teaching & Learning 1st June 2014, Erica Hiorns, Former Head of Sixth Form, Brigshaw High School, Leeds

How one school used Alps to improve performance in the sixth form and to target 'blue' teaching & learning. Read more

Using Alps to monitor and support the progress of Pupil Premium students 1st May 2014, Peter Richards, Head of Sixth Form, Hatch End High School, Harrow, London

Our Pupil Premium reports can be a powerful tool for schools and colleges who wish to ensure the best possible outcomes for all students, as this case study shows. Read more

Using Alps to Improve Performance as an Inclusive School Sixth Form 1st January 2014, Thom Darby, Assistant Headteacher, Manshead School, Bedfordshire

Looks at how the ambitious Alps targets have gained credibility with both staff and students over time. Read more

Using Alps to improve student achievement in a comprehensive, inner-city school 1st December 2013, Samirah Roberts, Vice Principal, Holyhead School, Birmingham

A summary of the systems one school put in place to ensure that Alps benefits students of all backgrounds and abilities. Read more