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Arnold School
Lytham Road, FY4 1JG, UK Blackpool
+44 (0)1253 346391


Arnold School was founded by Frank Truswell Pennington on 4th May 1896. Known initially as South Shore Collegiate School, the school moved to its present site in Lytham Road when Pennington took over and gradually, expanded the buildings of an earlier Victorian School. He then adopted the former school’s name of Arnold House School, named after Dr Thomas Arnold, Headmaster of Rugby School. The name was later amended to Arnold School.

Whilst academic excellence is extremely important to us, equally so are development of character, talent and independence, and we set great store by these core values. Through sport, drama, music and many other extra curricular activities, we create an environment in which these values can be promoted and sustained, and it is this that makes Arnold such an exciting place to be.


Arnold Kindergarten is open throughout the year, providing children with a high quality of care and education whilst offering parents a choice in how their children might attend. The structure is designed to ensure sufficient information for our staff to create the most appropriate programme of activity for every child, and yet offer parents the flexibility they require.

Our Kindergarten curriculum which is based on both The Birth to Three Framework and The Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage, is designed to provide children with the support to extend their knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence. Well-planned and purposeful activity with appropriate support and intervention by nursery staff is carefully structured and designed to build on what children already know and can do.


Arnold Junior School has a long standing and enviable reputation for providing quality education. Our dedicated and enthusiastic team of professionals enables our pupils achieve their full potential by exposing them to a wide range of experiences and learning environments.

From the age of two, when the majority of pupils start their journey through Arnold School in our Kindergarten, they enjoy a truly enriched and broad curriculum both in and out of the classroom. Opportunity is the key word at the heart of our nursery and primary provision; we provide our children with countless opportunities to learn and develop new skills. The result is that our pupils leave the Junior School with a wide range of academic and social skills, great self confidence and self belief and an enthusiasm for learning that will enable them to meet the challenge of the Senior School.

Our expectations are high and we expect our children to contribute positively to their learning, to show respect for others and to be proud of their school. Their contribution is valued and in turn they are taught to value the contributions of others. The school has an ethos and sense of purpose that encourages pupils to learn, regardless of their ability.


The Sixth Form has a very strong sense of identity and purpose amongst its students as the aims and objectives for the next two very important years are set out early on. One of our fundamental aims is to work with students to secure the necessary grades and qualities for their chosen objective. If they are not sure what their objectives are after A levels the staff are here to guide and advise. We aim to give individual attention and the support necessary to maximise potential.

However it is more than just about achieving the right grades, the Sixth Form is also the start of developing study skills, time management, responsibility and self discipline that will be required in later life. The enrichment programme that is on offer provides a wide range of activities that completes an all round education.

The Sixth Form is made up of almost 200 pupils with the majority carrying on the natural progression from Year 11 at Arnold. Each year, up to 10 pupils join from other schools and bring with them a welcome infusion of new talents and ideas. The current entry requirement for the Sixth Form is 5 C grades at GCSE, however we would advise that pupils have at least a grade B at GCSE in the subjects that they hope to continue with to AS Level. New pupils are asked to complete an application form and to come for interview with Mr McKeown the Head of Sixth Form.


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