Matthew Arnold School, Staines

Matthew Arnold School, Staines
The Matthew Arnold School
Established 1975
Type Comprehensive
Headteacher Mrs J M Pearson
Chairman Mr I Denison
Specialism Business & Enterprise
Location Kingston Road
TW18 1PF
England England
Local authority Surrey County Council
DfE number ???/4202
DfE URN 125263
Ofsted Reports
Staff approx. 100
Students 936
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Colours      Green and      yellow
Former name Staines Grammar School

Coordinates: 51°25′35″N 0°29′15″W / 51.4264°N 0.4874°W / 51.4264; -0.4874

Matthew Arnold School is a British co-educational secondary school in Staines, a suburb of London, taking pupils from the age of 11 ("Year 7") to 16 ("Year 11").



The school is a specialist Business and Enterprise College. It is situated in the east of Staines, south of the A308, towards Ashford.

Catchment area

Matthew Arnold is on the outskirts of Staines, with 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. 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.

Academic performance

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

Fictitious alumni

Ali G, the fictional character created by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who calls it "Da Matthew Arnold Skool".[2]

See also


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