Matthew Arnold School, a coeducational secondary state school and sixth form, located just west of Oxford’s city centre in the parish of Cumnor. The school has around 1,300 pupils from age 11 to 18 and is named after the 19th-century poet, Matthew Arnold.
Originally called Matthew Arnold Secondary Modern, the community school was built in 1958 and had 540 students. It was administered by Oxfordshire County Council but in August 2015, Matthew Arnold School converted to academy status and is now part of the Acer Trust. However the school continues to coordinate with Oxfordshire County Council for admissions.
Part of what makes the school so special is it’s catchment area. The school welcomes students from its large catchment area which includes Botley, Cumnor and surrounding villages leading towards Abingdon in the west of Oxford to Kennington and villages further south and also includes the residential areas towards the inner city. However, because of its ‘Good’ Ofsted rating, it is often over-subscribed with many families from other parts of Oxford wanting to send their children there and will move to be in catchment. The school also has a commitment to support children with Special Educational Needs.
Matthew Arnold School is a great school where learning really matters and where students are supported to flourish in their academic and personal lives. We expect the very best from everyone and for everyone. Our school is a place where people make a contribution to the community, are kind to each other, are open minded and value all others. We work together so that students leave our school with the power and confidence to create their future.
Headteacher: Mr Anthony Broadley
School Address: Matthew Arnold School, Arnolds Way Oxford, OX2 9JE
Tel: (01865) 862232