ALP Bristol


ALP Bristol is open to any student between Yr7-Yr13 and is run by experienced teachers who have backgrounds in behaviour management and the safeguarding of young people.

We offer high quality, practical education in the construction trades including bricklaying, painting and decorating, carpentry, joinery, electrical wiring and plumbing in our bespoke workshop. A maximum of 9 students attend with a staff/student ratio of not more than 1:3.

We incorporate academic learning in literacy, numeracy and ICT, leading to qualifications in Functional Skills or keeping younger students on track for their GCSE examinations. We also deliver Workskills, Lifeskills and Design in our purpose-built classroom, and our fully equipped kitchen allows students to learn catering techniques and cook for everyone on site each day, with all meals included in the daily cost.

We believe enrichment is vital for our students’ holistic development, so we include regular trips from the unit into the local community and beyond, to construction trade shows and other events. Every student receives a ‘BOXALL’ assessment to identify and address any social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. This is shared with the home school and helps educators engage the student more effectively. We use de-escalation techniques to diffuse any challenging situations and operate under the basic principle of mutual respect.

We provide schools with termly progress and attendance reports, we are available to attend/host meetings regarding students and can help schools generate evidence for EHCP and other applications.


NOCN: Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths and ICT at the following levels:
Entry Level 3, Level 1, Level 2.

Other NOCN qualifications are available in areas of Construction and Workskills.

Meals provided

Breakfast Lunch

Transport provided


Operating times

9am to 2.30pm

Meeting student needs

  • Social, emotional, and mental health needs
  • Cognition and learning needs
  • Offending / Risk CCE
  • Risk of CSE
  • Attendance/engagement needs
  • School refusal
  • Anxiety
  • Specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia)
  • Autism without MLD or SLD
  • Autism with MLD or SLD


2 co-directors of the company work within the unit on a daily basis.

Further staff include workshop instructor, instructor apprentice and administration staff.

Awarding bodies


Programme information

We offer bespoke placements for Secondary age students from one to five days a week.

Opening times are from 9.00am-2.30pm. 

We tailor Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) for each student upon enrolment at ALP Bristol which take into account their interests and prior experience with Construction disciplines.

All students study literacy and numeracy in line with their ability, leading to Functional Skills qualifications or to support GCSE preparations.

We deliver Workskills and Lifeskills vocational topics to prepare students for their next steps. See our website for more detailed examples

Other Details


Age Ranges
Key Stage 3 & 4
Referral required
Referral Details

Referrals to Alternative Learning Provision (ALP or AP) will be made by schools or the Local Authority 

Contact details

07951 656 130
Unit 3
221 Central Park
Petherton Road Bristol BS14 9BZ
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