About Us

About Us


Dear Parents/Carers

It is with an enormous sense of pride that I welcome you to Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy.  As Executive Principal it is my immense privilege to lead a highly skilled and committed team of staff to deliver an outstanding Academy for our students and local community.

As a Stationers’ school and part of the Leigh Academies Trust, our students have access to an incredible range of opportunities in industry, commerce and education.

The Stationers’ Company, a major City of London Livery Company based in a beautiful 17th Century Hall just around the corner from St. Paul’s. The Company supports the interests of the print, newspaper, paper, packaging and publishing industries. They have a tradition of educational support and up until the 1980s sponsored the Stationers’ School in Haringey. When the Stationers proposed to sponsor, what was then Crown Woods College, and invest in developing a specialist digital technology curriculum it was an offer the Academy couldn’t refuse!  We are now in the process of integrating the latest digital technology into our curriculum and developing a multimedia centre to both enhance opportunities for all our pupils and to develop the skills necessary in those young people who wish to take up careers in the Stationers’ industries.  For more information on the Stationers’ Company, please go to the Stationers’ Company section of our website.

Our objective is to be a flagship Academy where every student not only achieves their full potential but also feels an integral part of the organisation. An Academy where no child feels lost and no child is left behind. An Academy where the bonds between parent, teacher and child are so secure that failure is not an option. The unique community that we have built ensures that young people achieve their ambition in a caring environment where they are the centre of all that we do.  Every young person has a dream of who they want to be; at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, we promise to do all we can to turn that dream into reality.

Mr David Millar – Executive Principal 


There has been a school on the current site since 1958 but an entirely new school, Crown Woods College, opened in September 2014 which was developed under the Government’s ‘Building Schools for the Future’ programme.   The school converted to Academy status and renamed Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy becoming part of the Leigh Academies Trust on 1st September 2014.


Small Schooling

There are three 11-16 schools with an annual intake of 90 students: Ashdown, Delamere and Sherwood. Each school is the ‘home’ school for the 450 students who attend. The Post 16 school is called Arden. The schools are serviced by bespoke centres:  2012 for sport; Symphony, our inclusion and music centre; and William Morris, our creative arts and technologies centre, including a brand new Digital Media Centre, opening later during this academic year. The Crown Building is the administrative hub of the Academy and also houses two drama studios and the main hall on the ground floor. On the first floor are the library and an audio visual balcony servicing the main hall.

Students are placed in one of the three small schools based on aptitude, skills and experiences. The Small School model supports every student with a highly personalised curriculum within a strong pastoral structure. Academically gifted students will be stretched through an accelerated curriculum within the small school. Every student has challenging targets set for their academic achievement. The Academy groups students in all subjects by ability.

At KS3 all students follow the National Curriculum and study: English, Maths, Science, ICT, Languages and Humanities. In year 9 students choose their KS4 options from a wide range of academic and/or vocational qualifications.

Each school has 3 science laboratories, a specially fitted ICT room, an ICT lecture room and 7 general classrooms (9 in Delamere).   Further details of our current curriculum can be found on the curriculum page of our website.

Arden is a large and well equipped sixth form centre. Students study the full range of AS/A levels and vocational qualifications. The Centre has 13 ICT rooms, 3 ICT lecture rooms, 2 laboratories, an independent learning centre and 6 general classrooms.

Pastoral Support

Each student has a tutor who has responsibility for their academic progress and personal needs who they meet daily during our innovative and creative ‘Well Being’ programme.  This covers health, well being, personal development, learning and thinking skills as well as helping students develop the character traits needed to lead successful lives.  In addition to their tutor, students have access to a School Support Officer within each of the small schools.

For further details and information on each of the Small Schools and specialist learning centres, see the My School and Arden Sixth Form sections of our website.


The Academy facilities are available for community use every evening and weekend during term-time and daily throughout the school holidays.  Please contact Michael Wilmott our Business Manager,  for lettings information.