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 Digital Media Centre which opened in 2017. 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.

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 A levels, BTEC 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 view the LAT Enterprises website for more information.

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