Arrow Vale Community High School is a 13-18 mixed co-educational comprehensive school, serving the eastern side of Redditch. It currently has 900 pupils on roll with 150 in the Sixth Form. In January 1999 the School was awarded 'Specialist Sports College' status and in addition has 'Access Initiative Funding' to enable full wheelchair access. The staffing in September 2005 was equivalent to 63 full time teachers who work in attractive modern buildings, the oldest of which date from 1976 when the School was founded. The buildings are grouped around two quadrangles, consisting of a splendid Sports Centre including an ICT suite, a floodlit Astroturf facility, main building with learning resource centre, Sixth Form facilities and administration area, a magnificent theatre and drama workshop plus a music suite. Construction of a new Sixth Form block is due to begin in November 2006. The grounds are pleasantly landscaped and well maintained, and it could be accurately said that Arrow Vale offers as pleasing an environment to work in as anywhere in the County.
Redditch, which was a small industrial town in 1965, has seen forty years of rapid redevelopment in which its population has more than doubled. It has a great deal of reasonably priced housing both near the School and further afield, a large modern shopping centre and one of the best road systems anywhere in the country.
The countryside around Redditch is pretty with a number of attractive villages. The town is ideally placed for days out with Worcester, Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon all within half an hour's drive. The Cotswolds are easily reached within forty minutes. Much of the countryside west of the Severn is idyllic and unspoiled. Redditch advertised itself as 'the hub of England', the motorway network being only ten minutes away and a regular train service to Birmingham New Street.
Staff is organised into Departments. Some of the larger subject areas contain further posts of responsibility for individual subjects or disciplines. Cross curricular groups are established and focus on areas including teaching and learning, self-evaluation and induction. Some of these areas have discreet teaching time whilst others are taught within the subject context. The delivery of these strands is the collective responsibility of all staff.
The School is networked and has benefited from Worcestershire policy to achieve connectivity at broadband level between all high schools, libraries and County Hall. This has enabled both curriculum and administrative enhancements to work in each area. All teachers have laptops.
Specialist Sports College
As a Specialist School we take our responsibility to the local and wider community very seriously and are looking to become a focus for lifelong learning and education participation in its widest sense, as well as within the curriculum framework. We seek to maximise the gifts and talents in all of our students and staff.