About the School


Headteacher’s Letter

I am proud to introduce you to Matthew Arnold School.  This will give you a flavour of what it means to be a member of our happy, inclusive and ambitious school community. Our ethos is based on a culture of mutual respect, hard work and the belief that every young person can be successful. We want the best for everyone in our school. Our aim is to unlock every individual’s potential; to achieve this we offer great teaching and a range of opportunities for learning. We provide a safe, supportive yet challenging environment in which students can flourish: enjoying their learning and developing the skills they will need to be independent thinkers and successful, responsible adults.

Schools are centres of learning and our strength is to involve our students actively in their own learning. Through our curriculum we want young people to:

  • Learn how to learn

  • Learn how to relate well to other people

  • Learn how to manage and process information

  • Learn how to manage a range of situations with confidence

  • Learn how to become a responsible member of society

We have high academic standards and a rich extracurricular programme.  We also recognise that to be a successful school, providing the best quality of education to all our students, we are most successful when we work in partnership with parents to secure the best outcomes for every student.

We would be delighted to see you in school to show you more of what we offer. If you telephone or email us, the school's Reception team can arrange a tour of the school to experience first-hand our purposeful and supportive atmosphere.

Katherine Ryan

The School Day

Students should arrive at school by 8.35am for the start of the school day at 8.40am.
Breakfast is available from 8.00am in the school restaurant.

The school day is as follows:
08.40 – 09.40: Period 1, including registration
09.40 – 10.40: Period 2
10.40 – 11.00: Break
11.00 – 12.00: Period 3
12.00 – 13.00: Period 4
13.00 – 13.45: Lunch
13.45 – 14.05: Tutor time, including registration and assemblies
14.05 – 15.05: Period 5
15.05 – 15.15: Mentoring
15.15: End of school day