Alsop High School

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Alsop High School
Alsop High School.png
Motto Famam extendere factis
(We extend our fame by our deeds)
Established 1919
Type Community school
Headteacher Mr Joe Mangan
Chair Cllr M Fielding
Founder James W. Alsop
Location Queens Drive
L4 6SH
53°26′46″N 2°57′42″W / 53.446170°N 2.961634°W / 53.446170; -2.961634Coordinates: 53°26′46″N 2°57′42″W / 53.446170°N 2.961634°W / 53.446170; -2.961634
Local authority Liverpool City Council
DfE URN 104693 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1707
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Halford
Website alsop high

Alsop High School is a community secondary school in Walton, Liverpool, L4 6SH,[1] England


The school was founded by the Liverpool Education Committee in 1919, under the chairmanship of James W. Alsop.[2] The school moved to its current premises on Queen's Drive in 1926.[2]

After World War II, further buildings were constructed - a dining annex, an assembly hall, a library and an art room, which was completed around 1953-4. Previously the Hall had been on the ground floor behind the front tower with windows onto the yard. When the new hall was opened, this area was converted into three classrooms onto the yard, and laboratories to the front onto Queens Drive.

Further additions later included a new block with laboratories, a gym, and a metalwork shop. In recent years, the school also acquired the old Arnot Street school on County Road and adjacent to Arnot Street primary school. The lower school was designed by Gilling Dod, based in the Cunard Building, Liverpool. The lower school was demolished and the site has since been used to develop a Tesco Metro store and a car park.p


Alsop High School is the largest secondary school in Liverpool at present. The current Alsop High School building was built in 1926, and an extensive refurbishment / backlog maintenance of the existing campus buildings began in September 2008.[3] The campus recently benefited from the construction of a new £8.4m building designed by architects 2020 Liverpool [1] and includes a new canteen, new 6th form facilities, reception area, atrium, new Spanish, Humanities, and English learning pods as well as classroomswith improved IT facilities and a new dance and activity studio. The site has also benefited from extensive new landscaping and refurbishment of the listed rectory building. Since 2011, former headteacher Mr Jamieson retired. However, the current headmaster, Mr Mangan decided to spend £15,000.000 on a modern formed building named 'The Jamieson Building' named after the former teacher. Aside from the Jamieson and 1926 buildings, there is also the MAD (Music, Art and Drama) block and the ICT block which also consists of the school's LRC (Learning Resource Center).

The new landscaped play areas completed 2011
The new main entrance to Alsop High School
The new Jamieson Building


The Alsop High School was awarded of Applied Learning status in 2006, allowing the school to offer a range of vocational subjects.

In some subjects at Key Stage 3, students are taught in mixed ability classes, whilst in other subjects students are placed in teaching groups according to motivation, attainment and ability.

All students at Key Stage 3 study English, mathematics, science, humanities, Spanish, PE, music, drama, art and design as well as PSHCE, picking up the additional subjects of IT and Technology in Years 8 and 9.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The PE department runs activities that include athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cricket, fitness, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby, swimming, table tennis and trampolining.

Other activities include art, dance, drama, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, guitar, keyboard, maths revision club, study club and Young Enterprise.

In 2011, the Alsop Community Magazine was founded. Since then, it has published three editions of the free magazine which contains news about the school. It is distributed around the local primary schools and community by the contributors to the magazine, who are all Alsop pupils. You can view the articles on the school web page.

In July 2012, Alsop High School was used to film part of episode 3 of Utopia, where a fictional school mass murder is filmed. This scene received 37 complaints to UK media regulator Ofcom, proving especially controversial as the scene aired only a month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut, USA. This caused Channel 4 to consider whether to carry on airing Utopia, yet carried on after much deliberation.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Barry Forshaw, writer, specialist in Crime Fiction.

Derrick Wyatt, Q.C., professor of European Law

Paul Stevens, professor of Economics (Oil Industry).


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b A Brief History of the School
  3. ^ "Alsop High School £21m revamp approved". Liverpool Daily Post. 2008-08-20. 
  4. ^ "Famous plane maker chief dies, 84". Birmingham Evening Mail. 2000-01-11. From Alsop High School, he went up to Clare College, Cambridge. 
  5. ^ Baxter and Mark Hookham, Lew (2003-08-14). "It's Alexei sneer; Comedian's mocking attack on culture triumph". Liverpool Daily Post. Sayle, a former pupil at Alsop High School, Walton, described his home city as "philistine" and scoffed... 
  6. ^ Administrator, liverpoolecho (28 November 2003). "Heaven back here". 
  7. ^ Administrator, Quarterly-Star (14 January 2015). "Jetter Company History". 

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