For the second year running, Alsager has been shortlisted as a finalist for Cheshire Secondary School of the Year in the Cheshire School Awards for 2018. This is a fantastic achievement and indicates just how successful 2017-18 has been for the school. It remains the most oversubscribed school in the region and Alsager’s Progress 8 score for 2017 (the key GCSE headline by which all schools are judged) put the school in the top 23% of all schools nationally. To be shortlisted for this award for two consecutive years indicates the quality of education on offer at Alsager, the dedicated staff, talented students and supportive parents/carers.
In addition, the school has been shortlisted for ‘The Healthy Living Award’ because of the innovative and collaborative work it and its students have done in the community. They have worked very closely with Alsager Partnership for over two years now in raising awareness and an understanding of dementia among young people. The ‘Sway project’ involves students being paired with members of the community who are living with dementia to create a personalised interactive Microsoft ‘life story’. This can be used at home to help with reminiscence and support healthy living. It has been a huge success and makes a real positive difference to the lives of people in the community. This culminated in Alsager becoming a dementia friendly town and every student in the school (approximately 1500) experiencing an assembly from Alsager partnership, receiving a dementia ‘pledge card’ and a dementia friendly lapel badge, which they wear with pride.
The awards ceremony will take place on the 19th June in Chester.