ALP Schools, previously known as ASD Learning, are currently on an exciting journey of establishing even more quality, alternative learning provisions across the country.

To date, ALP Schools have created four Ofsted registered schools:

  • Pierview Academy, Gravesend, Kent
  • Parkview Academy, Welling, Kent
  • ALP Leicester, Birstall, Leicester
  • ALP Nuneaton, Leicester

Pierview Academy was established in October 2007 and has continuously developed the learning environment and its approach to teaching and learning in the aim to establish an Ofsted registered school that can engage hard to reach learners and help them progress into positive destinations. 

The company was established in 2007 by Phil Hoppenbrouwers who initially educated the first two referrals from a log cabin in his back garden.  As the demand for short term alternative provision grew, our ASD Learning Educational Centre was established in Gravesend and more centres were to follow. Secondary provisions were established in Welling, a primary centre in Woolwich and a secondary provision in Lewisham, which was exclusively for girls. With only two of these centres establishing themselves in a sustainable capacity, the company expanded to Leicester where co-proprietor Ray Waring opened ALP Willows in September 2012. This was situated on Troon Way Business Park in Thurmaston and was initially for primary learners. However, a rapid rate of referrals helped by a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating meant the school quickly expanded and as a result relocated to their new home for primary and secondary learners, on the Campus of the Cedars Academy in Birstall, Leicestershire. 

In Gravesend, we established ourselves as Pierview Academy. Over recent years we have had a significant growth of learners accessing the provision. As a result we have matched this with increased staff numbers, including one highly experienced Assistant Head Teacher. We are constantly developing our Foundation Learning Curriculum, which includes core subject learning, vocational learning and personal, social development.

The school’s Head Teacher Debbie Pardey has been leading essential developments since 2019 and is supported by her dedicated staff team and the Managing Director David Cowell (who became a Member of the British Empire in the 2015 New Years’ Honours list for his Contribution to Vocational Education). 

Pierview Academy continues to develop year on year and we are passionate about helping to change the lives of young people in our unique setting.