Matthew Arnold School, Staines-upon-Thames

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The Matthew Arnold School
Established 1975
Type Academy
Executive Headteachers Alex Russell
John Kibble
Acting Headteacher Mary Gould
Location Kingston Road
TW18 1PF
England England
Coordinates: 51°25′35″N 0°29′15″W / 51.4264°N 0.4874°W / 51.4264; -0.4874
Local authority Surrey County Council
DfE number 936/4202
DfE URN 138765 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Colours      Green and      yellow

Matthew Arnold School is a co-educational secondary school with academy status located in Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, England. The school educates pupils from the age of 11 ("Year 7") to 16 ("Year 11").


Matthew Arnold is on the outskirts of the east of Staines-upon-Thames, south of the A308, towards Ashford. It has transport links via buses and trains. Matthew Arnold takes in many pupils from a variety of schools, including Buckland Primary School, Laleham Church of England School, Kingscroft School, Town Farm Primary School, Our Lady of Rosary, Stanwell Fields, Clarendon, Ashford Park, Echelford Primary School and many more.


Mathew Arnold School was started before the Second World War and some pupils were admitted before hostilities started (the boys section). The School was finished after the war as two separate Secondary Modern Schools. There was no state Grammar School in Staines-upon-Thames. Boys and Girls who passed the 11+ went to Ashford County School (Mixed) or Hampton Grammar School (boys only), (latterly Hampton School). With comprehensivisation on the 70s Mathew Arnold became a mixed comprehensive school. It became a comprehensive in 1975. The school became an academy in 2012.

Academic performance[edit]

In January 2008 the school was awarded "The Most Improved School in the Country".[1]

In 2014 the school was placed in special measures following an Ofsted inspection report that rated the school as 'inadequate'.[2] As part of an improvement plan the school has joined the Bourne Education Trust, a Surrey-based multi-academy trust that includes Epsom and Ewell High School and Jubilee High School.[3]

Fictitious alumni[edit]

Ali G, the fictional character created by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who calls it "Da Matthew Arnold Skool".[4]

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