Name Arden
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 12 March 2008
Address Station Road, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 0PT
Phone Number 01564773348
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1703 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.0
Academy Sponsor Arden Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority Solihull
Percentage Free School Meals 5.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.5%
Persisitent Absence 6.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Description of the school

Arden is an oversubscribed school and lies at the heart of the Knowle community. Despite its close proximity to the M42 and Birmingham, it has a very rural quality. In addition to the 1222 students on roll, there are 103 post-16 students receiving A-level education at the school in partnership with, and enrolled at, the Heart of England School, four miles away. The vast majority of students are White British and join the school with above average attainment. A small proportion have learning difficulties. Most students live locally and are drawn from one of the five feeder primary schools. The specialist language status achieved in 1996 allows staff to work with the primary schools delivering language teaching. In 2006 the school was awarded High Performing Specialist School Status and added the second specialism, vocational education in April 2007. It has recently been re-designated as an 11.18 school and will open its own sixth form with 130 students in September 2008. At the request of the local authority, the headteacher is currently also providing support to another neighbouring school. Key for inspection grades Grade 1 Outstanding Grade 2 Good Grade 3 Satisfactory Grade 4 Inadequate