Archway School

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Archway School
Type Community school
Headteacher Collin Belford
Location Paganhill
51°45′03″N 2°14′16″W / 51.75096°N 2.23778°W / 51.75096; -2.23778Coordinates: 51°45′03″N 2°14′16″W / 51.75096°N 2.23778°W / 51.75096; -2.23778
Local authority Gloucestershire
DfE URN 115723 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Capacity 1,215
Students 1,170
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18

Archway School is a comprehensive co-educational school for pupils aged 11 to 18 in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. The headteacher is Colin Belford.

Set in at the western edge of the Cotswold town of Stroud, the school takes its name from a sandstone arch set close to the School's northern entrance. It is believed to be the only contemporary monument to the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. The residence of Henry William Wilberforce in Stroud is understood to be the main reason behind its construction. Taking its cue from this monument, the school maintains a progressive liberal approach to teaching, setting it in slight contrast to its more traditional grammar school counterparts Stroud High School and Marling with whom the school has an unfriendly rivalry. Notably the school has in the past experimented with elective subjects for its pre-16 pupils, but has since dropped these failed policies.

The school's country setting provides it with expansive playing fields, including cricket nets, rugby and football pitches, a full size running track, tennis courts and a hockey redgra. The school has a 20-metre (66 ft) heated indoor swimming-pool, and in 1997 opened a fully fitted sports centre including a dance room, gym and large sprung-floor hall. Cross-country running also commonly takes place across the nearby Randwick hills.

The setting of the school also made it ideal for the filming of the BBC's 'The Casual Vacancy' in 2014, which featured both the buildings and students.[1]

Archway also has its own sixth form, which has developed rapidly over the past few years and will continue to do so as it is increasing numbers of vocational courses, as well as expanding the traditional AS and A2 courses available. It is part of the Stroud Post-16 Consortium with Downfield Sixth Form (a collaboration between Marling School and Stroud High School) and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College. The Sixth Form is headed by Mr Julian Young and a student led committee.

The sports centre includes the "Jack Russell Lounge," named after famous former student the England wicket keeper Robert "Jack" Russell another former pupil is Tom Smith, lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Birmingham-based indie rock band Editors,[citation needed] Actress Lizzy McInnerny and maritime historian Louis Paul Barnett went to Archway School also.[citation needed] Former professional footballers, Ian Olney[citation needed] and Mike Cook[citation needed] also attended Archway and current Cheltenham Town striker, Ethan Moore, is a former pupil.[citation needed]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Archway School sets the stage for JK Rowling TV drama". Stroud News and Journal. Retrieved 2017-10-04.