About Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy
The academy campus is large but our ‘small school, human scale’ approach ensures that every student is known, understood and valued as an individual. There are three separate 11-16 schools (Ashdown, Delamere and Sherwood) and a separate building for Post-16 students (Arden). Creative Arts, Design Technology and Digital Learning are delivered in the William Morris building, Music in the Symphony Centre, Drama in the Crown Building and our PE/ Sports facilities are based in the 2012 Centre.
Surrounded by landscaped grounds with a nature reserve, we also have a large restaurant where students can enjoy breakfast, lunch and healthy snacks, which includes a separate area for Post-16 students. Our first class facilities and teachers’ relentless pursuit of excellence, means that confidence in the academy is at an all time high, attracting over 600 applications for 200 places.
Arden Post-16 Centre
The Arden building is light and spacious, with plenty of room for students to work independently in the break out areas or in the Independent Learning Centre. Each floor is equipped with a lecture theatre to accommodate external speakers and
presentations. Within Arden there are also purpose built computer rooms which are available to students to enable them to utilise specialist programs and access digital resources. To support our digital curriculum, students and sixth form students are provided with a chromebook which is loaned free of charge for the duration of their studies.
Stationers’ Digital Media Centre
A £500,000 refurbishment and investment project has transformed two classrooms in the William Morris building into a multi-media digital centre to rival any newsroom, magazine or creative technology company. The industry standard equipment and contemporary furniture gives the Centre a very professional feel, providing students with the opportunity to learn in a realistic work related environment. Opened in 2017, the project is the culmination of two years’ collaboration and was made possible by the generosity of sponsorship and donations from The Stationers’ Company. The Centre is resourced to enable students from across all age and ability ranges to produce their own films, podcasts or print media. Students work on exciting projects, some in collaboration with Ravensbourne University. Through the Digital Media Centre, Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy has won numerous nationally recognised awards, competing against some of the most respected public and Grammar Schools in the country.
Enrichment and Extracurricular Opportunities
We run a full programme of enrichment opportunities, not only to enhance learning, but also to enable students to pursue deeper learning in areas they are passionate about, to develop particular skills and interests, develop independence and to enjoy new and exciting opportunities and experiences.
Students can participate in a number of organised activities including Duke of Edinburgh award programmes. We are one of only a few providers which offer awards at all 3 levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Post-16 students also support the academy enrichment programme for younger year groups by running after-school clubs and activities.
We encourage students to be independent in their pursuit of deeper learning by facilitating them in setting up their own clubs and societies in whatever area they are interested in. It is through this process that the all important soft skills of leadership and organisation are learnt and developed.
Arden students studying the Creative and Visual Arts are encouraged to use Wednesday afternoons to make regular visits to museums, exhibitions, theatre
and musical performances in order to build upon their theoretical and practical understanding of their subjects.
We continue to encourage competitive sport within Arden. Our dedicated PE department is happy to organise fixtures in all sports where students can muster a full team. This varies from year to year. We currently have successful football and basketball teams. Students also have timetabled gym/sports time to support healthy physical and mental wellbeing throughout their studies.
Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy is extremely fortunate to be one of only 24 schools in the whole of the UK to be able to offer a Royal Marines experience through the Combined Cadet Force (CCF). The majority of cadets join in either year 10 or year 12 making it a very viable option for students joining Arden. The Combined Cadet Force is a Ministry of Defence sponsored youth organisation in the United Kingdom. Its aim is to “provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that students may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance”.
Post-16 students are proud to wear business attire which reflects the purposeful and studious ethos of Arden. Details of the dress code can be found on our ‘Dress Code’ page.
Student Leadership and Student Voice
We expect our learners to be active participants in their own right. We have several opportunities for you to voice your opinions and to make a difference. Arden students are encouraged to apply for positions in the Senior Student Leadership Team and the Student Council; roles that involve engagement with students across the academy. Student leadership at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy is key to
enabling young people to realise their potential whilst building on necessary skills, confidence and motivation to allow students to engage directly in the wider improvement of the school.
Appointed members are trained in public speaking and leadership skills to ensure they can articulate their point of view with great competency; enabling them to be effective in what they set out to achieve.
Throughout the academic year we encourage Post-16 students to lead assemblies both in Arden and the 11-16 schools within the academy. Arden students are encouraged to take part in the peer mentoring scheme and a large number of Arden students act as ambassadors at various public events.
Careers and Work Experience
At Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy we prioritise the future of our young people. Students are supported to make successful transitions when they leave the academy whether into apprenticeships, employment or university.
We have a robust Post-18 careers programme that includes trips to UCAS and Apprenticeship fairs, UCAS support from local Universities including Ravensbourne, Greenwich, Goldsmith and LSE, hosting the SCWA Apprenticeship fair, key speaker assemblies, Globalbridge and UniFrog support and guidance and much more.
Arden is in a unique position to benefit from a wealth of career development opportunities as a consequence of being part of Leigh Academies Trust alongside links with the Stationers’ Company. Our students have access to mentoring schemes, workplace visits, careers fairs and networking events.
We believe that students should develop an understanding of their community and how they can contribute to it. To this end we have a large and successful peer mentoring programme within the academy with many Arden students giving
back to the community by providing academic and pastoral support for lower school students. Mentors are trained and supported throughout the process
enabling them to make a very real impact on the lives of those they mentor. We also support students in finding volunteering opportunities outside the academy in a wide range of roles
Special Educational Needs and Disability support
Students across all schools are supported by a team of staff who specialise in working with students with learning difficulties or physical disabilities. Interventions and support are tailored to individual needs and progress is closely tracked and monitored. We pride ourselves on developing successful partnerships between home and the academy in order for every SEND student to achieve their potential.
Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy values the opportunity to keep in touch with former students. As part of Leigh Academies Trust, we are keen to foster a thriving community of ex-students who can bring their expertise back into their academy for the benefit of current students. Arden students benefit extensively from the Alumni programme, with many ex-students coming in to offer support and guidance in subject areas and with Post-18 application processes.
The academy is sponsored by a City Livery company, The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers and our partnership brings huge benefits and enriches the education of our students. Stationers volunteer their time to provide governance, resources, professional expertise, mentor students, give careers advice and work experience placements. The company also provides money to support courses that lead to careers in related industries and gives extra opportunity to all students whatever their financial background. By supporting education that specialises in digital media, the company aims to promote responsible digital citizenship, widen access to knowledge and maximise job opportunities. The Stationers’ Company has been involved with education since 1557, initially in the management of apprenticeships for its trades but in 1861 it opened the Stationers’ School just off Fleet Street and later moved to Hornsey. This was closed in 1984 but in September 2014 a partnership was formed with Crown Woods College, now Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy.