Archway School

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Location: Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Community
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Archway School


Archway School is an 11-18 co-educational Local Authority comprehensive school with 1152 pupils. The old Rodborough Secondary Modern School moved to its present site in 1960 and was renamed after the nearby monument to the abolition of slavery. It was reorganised as a comprehensive school in 1975.  The school became a specialist technology college in 2001.

Archway Sixth Form was established in 1980 and now as part of the Stroud Post-16 Consortium working with the local selective schools and Stroud College, offers a wide choice of courses. Our sixth form currently comprises 148 students.  We are also part of the Stroud District Partnership (8 schools and college) planning for the delivery of 14-19 specialist diplomas.

The school is currently 7 forms of entry in years 8, 9 and 10 and 8 forms of entry in years 7 and 11.  We anticipate 8 forms of entry in September 2011 after which the population is set to drop.

Introduction to Archway School

Archway School encourages hard work, high expectations and strong community values.  We enable students to succeed academically, to develop a love of the arts and to savour the excitement of science and technology.  We hope that they will appreciate and strive for what is best in human nature and develop skills, knowledge and a strong sense of commitment to the global community.  The school offers all students a supportive and secure environment where they can face the challenges of high personal expectations and learn to appreciate the aspirations of their peers.

We are committed to providing the foundation for students to be ambitious.  As a specialist technology college, Archway encourages the use of new technologies in the classroom.   We also aim to work with the local community giving our students the opportunity to broaden their vision through contacts with local employers.  Our key role in the Stroud Post-16 Consortium and our links with Stroud College enhance the range of academic and vocational courses offered to our students.

This is an exciting time for Archway.  The school is in an excellent location and already has high quality facilities and equipment in many areas.  We are thrilled that this has been added to by a major new building project which opened in 2007 (Technology Block)  and in 2009 (Music and Learning Support).

We are a school that builds on success, supports its students in their development and seeks new opportunities to energise our community.  We offer breadth, quality and individual care.

At Archway we:
• develop each individual
• value achievement, of whatever sort
• encourage all to seek success
…in a vibrant, exciting and stimulating learning environment 
Organisational structure

The Leadership Team includes Headteacher, 2 Deputy Heads and 2 Assistant Headteachers.  There is a teaching staff of 72.5 FTE and 17 Learning Support Workers and a support team of 14 administrative and clerical staff and 3 site staff as well as cleaning and catering staff.  ICT, Science, DT, Art and reprographic technicians support the teaching staff.

A proactive, successful, committed Governing Body comprising 19 Governors supports the Headteacher in the management of the school.


Specialist and classroom accommodation is provided in 5 permanent buildings: a new purpose built Design Technology block opened in September 2007 and a second phase for Learning Support, PE and Music opened last year.

Community Links

We are proud of our continually expanding links both locally and overseas.  We work closely with the local primary schools and maintain links with a wider network of schools from which we regularly receive pupils at 11.    Links with Stroud College include provision of vocational courses for Key Stage 4 students.

The school plays an active part in the Gloucestershire Associations of Secondary Heads and Deputy Heads’ Forum and in the local Initial Teacher Education scheme.

The Technology School Community Plan provides further work with primary schools and with adults.  Community use of sports facilities is considerable.  We have long standing links with local businesses, which readily provide work experience placements, and raising money to build a school for an orphanage in India.

The school has been in a period of underachievement, but results over the past three years have improved from 39% 5 A*-C (including English and Maths) to 45%; from 48% 5 A*-C (all subjects) to 58%.  We predict a rise in each of these this year.

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Address: Paganhill, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4AX, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1453 763242