Developing ALP Bristol

January 2024

ALP England LTD began its journey in Bristol and has grown from strength to strength since its conception and subsequent launch back in September 2022.

The reality is that although the business was formed in January 2022, it took 8 months to prepare and set up, before we opened our doors on a drizzly September morning to one student. Numbers quickly picked up and we were soon operating a waiting list, unable to keep up with demand.

This led to our expansion into a second unit which opened in September 2023.

The demand for our high-quality construction trades training has remained strong.

Our professional backgrounds in education, along with the ability to speak schools’ language, work with OFSTED and other teams of professionals has made us the preferred supplier of Alternative Provision for many Bristol & South Glos secondary schools.

Unit 2 Before

Unit 2 After

So, where next…?

ALP Primary was always on our development plan and when the opportunity arose to take on a unit in the Kingswood area of Bristol, with outside play space in a secure environment, it was clear this would be perfect for a primary provision.

This unit is due to open on Monday 19th February 2024.

Our vision to be an inclusive, KS1-5 provision for Bristol, BANEs and South Glos schools is now realised and the initial response we have had from primary schools has been hugely positive.

Our specialist primary leader comes with many years of experience in education and will head up the team; which includes an Olympic gold medallist, ready to provide fitness, dance and PE opportunities, coupled with primary teachers that will instruct vital reading, writing and mathematics skills.

 

Unit 3 Before

A main focus for alternative provisions is supporting SEMH issues.

We have lots of experience working with students with ADHD, ASD and other specific challenges. We have designed many activities around LEGO therapy and art & design to support students’ development. Our small numbers allow students to build positive working relationships with staff which can then help support their re-integration into mainstream school settings.

Demand for alternative provision is growing, not just in the local area but nationwide.

We will continue to expand and serve our education communities where we are needed. Our aim is that no child is left behind simply because mainstream education cannot meet their needs.