Introduction

Our school mural

Our school was opened in 1970 in its current location and underwent an extensive rebuilding programme between 2006 and 2008.

Arden is a popular school serving the Sparkhill area in Birmingham.

We are a member of the Greet Teaching School Alliance as well as the Sparkhill Circle - a cluster of local schools working together for the benefit of all.

Our Early Years Foundation Stage has 90 children in Reception and also a 70 place part-time Nursery (morning and afternoon sessions). It is hoped that many of our children will attend the Nursery before moving on into our Reception classes.

Our Early Years provision offers a wide variety of experiences and opportunities for our pupils to express themselves and learn. Our pupils’ personal, social and emotional development is key and our dedicated team of EYFS staff ensure pupils’ needs are met every day. Child initiated learning is a fundamental part of our practice in EYFS enabling our pupils to develop quickly into independent learners.

At Key Stage 1 a high emphasis is placed on reading. This is crucial to success in both writing and mathematics. We follow the Letters and Sounds as well as Jolly Phonics programmes and pupils achieve well at the end of Key Stage 1.

In Key Stage 2 we focus on developing a broad range of skills in English and mathematics in particular. One of our fundamental aims is to prepare the children for secondary school, getting them ready for the next stage of their education.

Our curriculum is robust, our curriculum is rigorous and our curriculum is broad and balanced. We place great emphasis on being a 'physically active school' and as such we host a number of sporting activities throughout the year.

e also place a great deal of emphasis on 'healthy eating’, ensuring that our children are aware of the benefits that a healthy diet has on a long and active life.

We have numerous clubs before, during and after the school day. These change every half term to give everyone an opportunity to take part in the club of their choice.

We welcome everyone into our school enabling our children to Love Ourselves for Who We Are.

School Times

Classes Morning Session Afternoon Session
Nursery 8.45am to 11.45am 12.45pm to 3.45pm
All other year groups 8.55am to 12.00 noon 1.00pm to 3.30pm

As a school we place a great deal of importance on attendance and punctuality, parental support is vital for us to achieve our goals.