The Arthur Terry School

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The Arthur Terry School
Arthur Terry School logo new.jpg
Motto Where Everyone Achieves
Established 1963
Type Academy
Executive headteacher Sir Christopher Stone (knighted)
Chair of governors Mr Alan Wharton
Location Kittoe Road
Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B74 4RZ
England Coordinates: 52°35′20″N 1°50′13″W / 52.58892°N 1.83682°W / 52.58892; -1.83682
Local authority Birmingham
DfE URN 138136 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1662
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–18
Houses Lincoln, Gloucester, Hereford and York.
Colours Red (Lincoln)
Blue (Gloucester)
Purple (Hereford)
Yellow (York)
Website The Arthur Terry School

The Arthur Terry School is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status in the Four Oaks area of Sutton Coldfield, England. It is Ofsted Outstanding and was an Arts College before the Specialist Schools initiative was made defunct. Its current headmaster is Sir Christopher Stone.


It is served by one local school bus services, the 757 to Perry Common, New Oscott and Streetly, operated by National Express West Midlands.

It is situated south of the Butlers Lane railway station, between Four Oaks and Mere Green. It is north of the B4151, which is between the A454 and A5127.


Bi-lateral school[edit]

The school was built in 1963 (opening on 10 September) and was named after Arthur Terry, who was the Mayor of Sutton Coldfield from 1934 to 1935. It was sometimes known as the Arthur Terry Grammar/High School, with around 950 boys and girls. Boys were required to wear bow ties, with a light shade of bronze; this was the idea of the head master, Mr Dennis Lindley. The uniform was initially popular.

It was run by Warwickshire Education Committee, specifically the excepted district of the Borough of Sutton Coldfield. It was a bilateral school with a grammar stream, similar to a grammar school. From April 1974 it was administered by Birmingham City Council.


In March 1999, BBC Radio 4's Music Machine programme came from the school, interviewing the clarinettist Emma Johnson.

The school underwent a £15 million rebuilding program, designed by architects Watkins Gray International (, that saw most of the original school demolished to make way for the new buildings; only the Sports Hall, Drama Studio and Sixth Form Centre have remained.


The school became an academy in August 2012, and is no longer under LA control, However the school continues to coordinate admission with Birmingham LA.


As a Performing Arts College, the school is also well known for its shows each year, including Grease, Les Misérables and Godspell. The school's most recent production was of West Side Story, the final to be led by head of performing arts Mr. T. Hadley who is leaving to pursue a career in the training of athletes after over 30 years at the school.

The school implemented a vertical tutoring system at the start of the 2007/8 school year. Every tutor group now has a mix of 2-5 students from each Year Group.

The school also has its own student-run radio station, named ATRfm which broadcasts internally.

Head Teacher[edit]

The head teacher Sir Christopher Stone was knighted for his help & role in the department of education. The school's website says: "Friends, staff, students and Governors are delighted to congratulate Christopher Stone, Executive Headteacher of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, on the honour of Knighthood conferred on him in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. This is a fitting tribute to a man who has given his whole working life to the service of young people and families in a variety of guises within education.

Sir Chris expressed his delight at receiving the award stating ‘I am thrilled and absolutely delighted! This award recognises the outstanding contribution made by so many wonderful colleagues, past and present, with whom I have worked. Awards like these are not about the individual, but represent the huge collective commitment made by so many people. It is a privilege to work with them and our delightful children.’’ Staff and students will be sharing and celebrating this great achievement when we return in the New Year and ensuring that Arthur Terry continues to be the top performing Comprehensive in Birmingham."

Academic performance[edit]

It gets extremely good GCSE results, along with A-level results; the best for in Birmingham for both, as of the January 2013 league tables.

They also made great effort in the open day in 2012 with thousands of children pouring in.

In 2012, The Arthur Terry School achieved their best ever results to date with all GCSE students gaining A*-C in both Maths and English. Also in 2012 it was chosen to become one of the first National Teaching Schools.

Notable alumni[edit]


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