Successful bid to DfE allows Harmonize Academy in Liverpool to improve the lives of almost 50% more students

Harmonize Academy, an Alternative Provision free school located in Liverpool, has received approval for a significant expansion that will add 46 new pupil places. 

Harmonize Academy in Liverpool has made a successful ‘significant changes’ application to the DfE to create additional student places. From the beginning of the September 2021 academic year, the number of students was officially increased from 104 to 150.

The ‘significant changes’ application involved a rigorous and challenging process, requiring Harmonize to clearly demonstrate they have a strong team with educational expertise capable of managing and governing the increased student intake.

Since the academy was established in 2013, it has twice been awarded it the highest accolade of ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, which was a major factor in enabling the recent application to be submitted.

The application was fully supported by Liverpool City Council’s Director of Education, Jonathan Jones, together with Steve Reddy, the Council’s Director of Children and Young People’s Service and Councillor Tom Logan whose specialist field is education and skills.

Marie McConville, Principal at the free school, is responsible for managing the expansion: “We have always been proud that every student leaves Harmonize Academy in Year 11 with a broad range of academic and vocational qualifications and 100% of our students move on to further study or an apprenticeship. The increase in student capacity will allow us to provide improved facilities together with a broader and richer range of study options. Harmonize can now transform the lives of more young people by being a shining light in the north west region, with outstanding outcomes.”

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