Alder Grange

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About this School

Alder Grange is a Community School and Sixth Form is located in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, making it the northernmost of the founder schools. The school is particularly interested in working with other schools on weather, health, energy and robotics. You can read more about these projects by clicking on the links to the right.


The school has a national reputation for innovation in learning practice, including heavy involvement in the Design Council’s “Schools Renaissance” campaign (2003-6) through which it helped to develop the notion of user-led design of educational services. More recently, the school was featured on ITV’s Daybreak programme as part of a campaign by the charity Back-Care to improve both the design and content of schoolbags.


Alder Grange aims to be a school where everybody is inspired to be the best they can, where excellence is nurtured within a community in which everybody cares. Considerable emphasis is placed on the ‘whole child’, supporting and developing talents and securing the personal achievements of all its young people.


The school’s excellent provision and high levels of achievement have been recognised in many ways. In May 2013 Ofsted rated the school Outstanding for both its leadership and management along with behaviour and safety.


The school has been a ‘High Performing Specialist School’ since 2007, with specialisms in the areas of Technology, Applied Learning and a focus on innovation as a Leading Edge school. In 2010 Alder Grange was invited to become an 11-19 school and opened its new state-of-the-art, purpose built Sixth Form Centre (ag6).