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Arc School Old Arley ~ Head Teacher: Victoria Bates
Old Arley, Ansley, Nuneaton CV7 8NU
01676 543200

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Poem by Luke



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This poem was written by Luke, Year 8 who attends Old Arley School, Warwickshire.

He wanted to share it with you all......


Luke Poem

News from Old Arley, Warwickshire


There has been lots happening at Old Arley in Warwickshire over the past week - 

A mobile Pizza Oven to come to the school on Friday as part of the 100% attendance rewards.  Feedback from students was exceptionally positive – even better than the ice cream van! 

A year 9 delivered training to staff on Monday evening on what it is like living with autism, entitled ‘Welcome to My World.’  They were able to share what it is like to live with high levels of anxiety and how this affects life on a daily basis, particularly in social situations.  Since joining us in February this student's personal and social development has been outstanding.  When they requested to lead training for staff at school we were delighted to support this.  They presented this in such a mature and confident manner, managing her anxieties exceptionally well.  The training session had a significant impact on our understanding of ASC and how to manage anxiety-related behaviour more effectively.  We are exceptionally proud and are now taking bookings to take the training on tour!

The Duke of Edinburgh final assessment expedition took place on Thursday and Friday.  All students did exceptionally well, even in the tropical temperatures!  We are awaiting confirmation that all students have successfully completed their bronze award.


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Old Arley Celebrates Ofsted Good with Outstanding

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Midlands specialist school, Arc School Old Arley is celebrating the results of its latest inspection by regulator Ofsted.

The school, near Nuneaton, was praised by inspectors who found the focus on pupils’ personal development and welfare was “outstanding” and gave the school an overall “Good” rating.

The school supports children with social and emotional difficulties and those who need extra support to engage in education.

Inspectors praised the “inspiring” curriculum and the “outstanding progress” pupils make in their personal development and behaviour and said that pupils feel safe at the school, which helps them settle. Parents, it noted, “greatly value the school’s work in making such a difference to their children’s behaviour and confidence”.

Some comments from parents which were noted in the report included: “They have listened to me and listened to my child,” and “My child’s attitude has changed. He is academically engaged.”

The teaching, learning and behavioural support skills of the team at the school all ensure, the report stated, that pupils make good progress and noted the “happy learning atmosphere”.

The report noted that the team at Old Arley have created a “powerful communication-friendly environment based on trust, respect and mutual understanding. As a result, pupils are able to settle to learning, often after long periods of absence from other schools. After poor experiences of education in other schools, they begin to realise that the staff in this school are very willing to listen and want them to do well.”

Inspectors also noted that the confidence of pupils grows and that all pupils spoken to said that they love the school because the new headteacher has made great changes that have had a significant effect on their daily lives.

The therapy dogs used within the school were noted as being “extremely beneficial to pupils with anxiety and other emotional issues and are key to the development of empathy among the pupils.”

Head Teacher Victoria Bates said: “We welcome this report from Ofsted and the findings they have noted following their visit to our school. As a team we’re always so proud of the achievements the children at the school make and are thrilled they have been recognised in this way.

“Our aim here is to provide all students with the tools they will need to be successful in life and to reach their full potential, both academically and on a personal and social level. Their progress is something we’re extremely proud of and is always celebrated. We’re delighted that comments from parents have acknowledged the positive changes they have seen as a result of the hard work and determination of the staff to ensure that every child has opportunity to succeed. We will continue to ensure that we prepare the young people for moving towards adulthood and independence through continued whole school development.”

Download The Report Here

Isla Stone Decorating - Old Arley



A seven-year-old girl with terminal spinal cancer has started a campaign to decorate and hide stones.

Isla Tansey, from Hinckley, Leicestershire, has asked people to get involved and says anyone who finds one should take a selfie and post it on social media using #islastones.

Her parents, Simon and Katherine Tansey, said they hoped the stones will create a "legacy" for their daughter.

Many of the students (and staff!) at the Arc School Old Arley have wanted to decorate stones for Isla to show their support, which they have either taken home or hidden during school off site visits.

One Y7 student was particularly excited to find an #islastone while out on a trip – he brought it back to school and hid it near the school gate!

At the last count, #islastones have been placed and found in 82 countries worldwide.

Dont they look great.

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World Book Day at Old Arley

Students and staff hurried into school recently - dressed as some of their favourite book characters to celebrate World Book Day.

Many different people and animals from literature were represented - from Kermit the Frog to the Cheshire Cat and from The Hulk to Hermione Granger.

Students took part in World Book Day quizzes, character creations and book reviews in their lessons and the whole school was buzzing with excitement.

Students said that they ‘wished we could dress up every day’ and that it was lovely to ‘see everyone so happy’


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Fantastic GCSE Fine Art Portfolio


It has been a fantastic year in the Art department at Old Arley. Our year 11 Students have produced a fantastic and skilful selection of work for their GCSE Fine Art portfolios. Students have worked with Screen printing techniques, 3D modelling, photography and mixed media to produce and design unique and original work based on the students chosen themes. A huge well done from me and everyone across the group! Amazing!!

Hazel Wills Art Teacher


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Brian P display

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Luke H display

Thomas H display

Thomas H cityscape



Praised for their fundraising and volunteering efforts.

PUPILS at a Midlands specialist school have been praised for their fundraising and volunteering efforts.Mission Christmas 002

The young people, from Arc School Old Arley, took part in Mission Christmas which was run by Free Radio in Coventry.

As part of their efforts they held a cake sale where they took on baking and selling their goods to raise cash. They also held a Christmas Jumper Day at school. In total they raised more than £80 and this was immediately put into a pot to buy a range of presents for children in the local area and donated to Mission for Christmas.

However, their efforts didn’t end there. Before Christmas they volunteered at a local distribution centre where their donations, and all the gifts which had been donated from around the area, were being stored and distributed.

They spent the day taking deliveries of gifts as well as sorting the presents. They also packed and distributed the donations. In total the children shipped over 1,000 gifts.

Sarah Keogh, Key Worker and Careers Support at Arc School Old Arley, said: “The children prepared everything themselves – they worked out what they would need for the cake sale, what we would need to buy and what profit they made.

“They worked really hard on the volunteering day. It was a really busy environment, which could have proved challenging for some of the children but they did brilliantly. On the way to the volunteering day the radio station broadcast a thank you message which was wonderful and really lifted everyone’s spirits.

“We are extremely proud of them and we hope to do this again next year. It was a great opportunity for the children to understand what others in the area do and don’t have. The children very much enjoyed taking part and it was a fantastic experience for them all.”

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