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  • Ark Greenwich Free School
    403 Shooters Hill Road
    SE18 4LH
  • Head: Mr Rhys Spiers
  • T 020 8319 3692
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.arkgreenwi…
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Greenwich
  • Pupils: 523
  • Religion: None
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 12th February 2020
    • 2 Full inspection 17th May 2016

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Requires improvement on 11th February 2014
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

We believe that all pupils can succeed if given outstanding teaching and pastoral care.

The Greenwich Free School is a smaller, more personal school, with no more than 100 pupils in each year group. This means teachers can get to know every pupil as an individual and be able to closely nurture and challenge them all.

We demand a lot, setting high standards for pupils and staff, with a 'no excuses' approach to attitude, work and discipline. We also recognise the importance of pupils' well-being building their characters and skills, and developing young people who will truly flourish. We have a longer school day, a wide range of daily extra-curricular activities and a more personalised curriculum for our pupils. Crucially, our teachers are given the time, training and management support to be truly outstanding.

The curriculum focuses on depth before breadth. Our priority is to ensure every pupil masters the most important subjects and skills particularly English and Maths as a base for further study and the world of work. Our objective is to develop pupils who are happy at school and committed to doing the best they can. We want all our pupils to be able to get to university and succeed there.

Life in the Greenwich Free School is hard work, but it is also truly engaging, exciting and fun. It is a school to be proud of and we are proud of our pupils.
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Who came from where

Who goes where

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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