ALP Schools, are currently on an exciting journey of establishing quality, alternative learning provisions across the country.
To date, ALP Schools have created five Ofsted registered schools:
- ALP Leicester, Birstall, Leicester
- Parkview Academy, Welling, Greater London
- Pierview Academy, Gravesend, Kent
- ALP Nuneaton, Nuneaton
- ALP Sittingbourne
The company was established in 2007 by Phil Hoppenbrouwers who initially educated the first two referrals from a log cabin in his back garden. As the demand for short term alternative provision grew, an ASD Learning Educational Centre was established in Gravesend and more centres were to follow. Secondary provisions were established in Kentish Town and Welling, a primary centre in Woolwich and a secondary provision in Lewisham, which was exclusively for girls. With two of these centres establishing themselves in a sustainable capacity, the company expanded to Leicester and opened ALP Willows in September 2012. This was situated on Troon Way Business Park in Leicester and was initially for primary learners. With our ability to respond promptly and effectively to referrals, there was soon a demand for a secondary provision which was established in 2014 at Birstall Youth Centre, Leicester. The school then expanded its provision and moved into The Stonehill school, Birstall in 2015, where all learners are now based.
Rapid growth of learners accessing the provision was matched with increased staff numbers, the introduction of an experienced management team and a new Curriculum and Assessment Policy. Such developments, along with the appointment of Managing Director, David Cowell led to a school restructure in 2016. This included the appointment of a new Head Teacher Julie Rawle. After the resounding success of the Leicester school and an increase in referrals, the ALP Schools team purchased what was formerly known as Milverton House School in Nuneaton. The site has undergone an extensive renovation programme and we opened our doors as ALP Nuneaton in January 2021 for up to 50 learners between the ages of 6-19.
Since its opening, ALP Nuneaton has established itself as a ‘Good’ provider of education for children with a range of special educational needs within the area. We have created a flexible provision which offers children, young people and their families a different approach to learning designed around the individual’s needs and interests. We have re-designed areas of a school building to now include Science, Art, Computing, Dance, PE and Therapeutic spaces. We are excited to see how our provision grows and provides a high-quality ambitious approach for all.