Our History


Harmonize Academy grew out of the successful Alternative Education Project run by Liverpool Lighthouse from 2004.

It started as a pilot scheme taking young people who were struggling in mainstream school and using music, arts and personal development sessions to engage their interest, build their confidence, improve their ability to communicate, express themselves appropriately and relate to others.

From 2005, the project began to take in learners aged 13-16 on a longer-term basis and worked with them towards GCSE –level qualifications in Performing Arts, Music Technology, Literacy, Numeracy and Technical Theatre. From 2004 to 2013 the project worked with more than 500 young people.

The desire to provide even better outcomes for the learners encouraged the organisation to set up Harmonize Academy where students can complete their compulsory education.

We moved to our refurbished building in 2013 and Harmonize Academy Alternative Provision Free School was formally opened by The Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead DBE and the playwright, Jimmy McGovern on 1st May 2014.

2013 - 2018: During the five year leadership of the first Principal, Mr Stephen Daley, over 500 young people were enrolled at Harmonize Academy. The curriculum was broadened to provide GCSEs and a wide range of vocational subjects resulting in 1,000 qualifications being achieved. He will continue to work with the Academy, as we hopefully become a small Alternative Provision Multi Academy Trust to open other schools in the North West and North East.