Report Overview

An extensive evaluation of five years of Open Access at The Belvedere School, Liverpool, which shows that under the scheme the school has not only achieved its best ever results at GCSE, but has also become more representative of its local area, with the social mix of the intake now reflecting the Merseyside population. 

Importantly, interviews with parents, pupils and teachers also show that the school is a happy place, with girls of diverse backgrounds getting on well together and achieving excellent outcomes.

This report was written by Pamela Robinson, Alan Smithers and the University of Buckingham.