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Enquiries:  020 3823 3030

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

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Poetry at Old Arley


The young people at Arc School Old Arley have been getting creative in their English lessons this week coming up with some fab poems. They took their inspiration from World Animal Day last week, have a read....


F   flying high

E   easily gliding through the air

A   at one with the sky

T   the lovely sound of the wind

H   hear the wind blowing through the sky

E    evening the feather feels weightless

R    real life is here

JD - 9B



N  Never touches the group, birds

E   east worms

S   soaring through the air

T   teaching it’s young to fly

E 9B



Giraffes are incredible regal. Africa has lots of giraffes which are fantastic. Fast and Energetic.

K 7A



World Animal Day - Old Arley


Yesterday was World Animal Day so the young people and staff at our Old Arley School, Warwickshire took the opportunity to dress up as their favourite animal!

Looked like a lot of fun.......


World Animal Day 1


World Animal Day 2

Exam success for Old Arley School



Pupils at our specialist school in Warwickshire have been celebrating their recent exam results.

The pupils, from Arc School Old Arley, achieved in a range of qualifications including GCSE and Functional Skills in subjects including Maths, English, Science, ICT and Art. Everyone who sat a GCSE passed the exam and each pupil achieved an average of eight qualifications.

Each student moving on from the school achieved a formal qualification in mathematics and English alongside a range of other academic, vocational and other qualifications including Humanities, Food Studies and PE.

All of the students will go on to further education, employment or training including apprenticeships and college courses in construction, computing, countryside and environment, photography, drama and music, IT and motor mechanics.  

Head Teacher Victoria Bates said: "We’re thrilled to share the wonderful results achieved by our students and what those achievements will allow them to move on to as they progress through their academic and learning journey.

“Their hard work and determination were key factors in helping them all achieve so much. On average, our students achieved more than eight individual qualifications each and that number does not include all of the additional qualifications such as BTECs, Duke of Edinburgh and others which were also successfully undertaken.

“The aim at Old Arley is to enable students to achieve those qualifications in the subjects which matter to them and will help them move on in the direction they want whether that be academically or vocationally. That’s why we offer such a wide range of diverse academic, vocational and other opportunities and we’re delighted these have been fully embraced by the students.

“We are extremely proud of them all. These results are the first step towards their futures and stand them in great stead for their further achievements.”

Arc School Old Arley is a day school and provides education and care for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

The school is part of the Kedleston Group which has a range of residential and day schools across the UK. Across the company’s seven secondary schools, pupils achieved a range of qualifications with hundreds of individual achievements recorded for students across more than 100 different qualifications on offer.

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Jenna - Welcome to my World



A Warwickshire teenager is using her experiences in living with autism to help teachers and school staff further their knowledge and understanding of the condition.

Jenna is 14 and a pupil at Arc School Old Arley, a specialist school which supports young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and autism spectrum conditions. She moved to the school after finding that her previous mainstream school could not meet her needs. As a result of her experiences in mainstream, the teenager had become very introverted and was not attending school.

Her mother Julie explained: “Jenna was not happy at her previous school, she had gone in on herself, she wasn’t attending and we were very worried about her. Since she has joined Arc School Old Arley, she has completely changed. She is talking, joking and is a totally different child.

“It is absolutely amazing. She is comfortable with the staff and trusts them all, which is so important. What’s brilliant is she really wants to go to school. All I wanted for her was an education in an environment which met her needs, which is what she has now.

“Before there just wasn’t the supervision or support that Jenna needs, the teachers had 30 plus kids in each class. She couldn’t cope with the noise and the other kids soon realised what they could do to push her buttons.

“Her brother is a student at Arc School Ansley, so we knew the Arc Schools could support children with additional needs really well.”

Jenna has been using her experiences and knowledge to help teachers and other staff at Old Arley understand what school and education is like from the perspective of a young person with an autism spectrum condition through a training session she has devised and delivered herself.

Head Teacher at the school Victoria Bates said: “It has been fantastic to see Jenna blossom and increase in confidence. Her training session was extremely valuable and the staff learned a great deal from it. We’re now hoping to take it “on the road” so Jenna can deliver the training further afield to help more and more people understand aspects of autism, education and life from a young person’s point of view.

“Her input forms part of the induction process for new staff and it is extremely rewarding both for Jenna and for the team.”

Julie added: “Jenna very much enjoys the training. It really shows how much calmer and happier she is that she is confident enough to deliver the training and it gives her a real sense of pride.”


Jenna Consent Given

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Poem by Luke



Old Arley ext6


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

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


Luke Poem

English Lessons at Arc Old Arley



This week the young people at our Arc Old Arley school have been very busy in their English lessons with teacher Holly Ciuffini.

They have been studying WW1 poetry and have been creating dramatic pieces and freeze frames whilst looking at Wilfred Owens Poetry, Dulce et Decorum Est. 

Secondly, the Year 10 class visited the Staffordshire Regiment Museum. The young people explored the trenches, tried on the outfits and learnt about life on the front line during WW1. This is linked to their current topic which is WW1 poetry and extracts. 


Tank WW1

WW1 Isla Stone

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.


pizza oven 1

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