Welcome to The Matthew Arnold School! This is one of my favourite times of the school year, when we traditionally have the chance to throw our doors open and show the community what a fantastic learning environment this is. This year we cannot do this literally, of course, but we are delighted to issue a very warm virtual invitation to the school! If you click on all the tabs on the left-hand side of this page, you will very often see a video link - these are very well worth spending time on!
I know from my own experience and from many years in the teaching profession how worrying a time this can be for parents and for children - choosing the right secondary school is one of the most important decisions you will make. Please make use of everything that is on offer to ensure that you are as informed as possible - the prospectus, the website, the virtual meetings available - and you are always welcome to ring or email the school with any questions you have.
The past six years have been a story of unparalleled success for the school, with academic standards rising year on year. The last five years have all seen the best GCSE results ever, and our Progress 8 is looking very healthy at +0.48!
We do this not by hothousing our students or making them learn in an exam factory, but by taking the time to really get to know them. The wellbeing of everybody - students, staff, parents and the wider community - is absolutely paramount. Our dedicated wellbeing programme runs alongside our first-class pastoral system and outstanding safeguarding provision. When children feel listened to, safe and supported, they are able to learn and make more progress than they thought possible.
Please do take the time to listen to my message so that you can see what it is that brings the school together and makes students so proud to be a part of it.