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  • Wren Academy
    Hilton Avenue
    N12 9HB
  • Head: Mr Michael Whitworth
  • T 020 8492 6000
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  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 4 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Barnet
  • Pupils: 1,200
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Open days: October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 2nd February 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Steps leading down from the entrance hall to the library, ‘the heart of the school’, are lined by ledges where children can sit and chat, under treble-height rooflights, giving an amphitheatre-like atmosphere. ‘The teachers don’t tolerate any bad behaviour,’ say parents. ‘It is a lovely, safe environment for learning’; and indeed the school had a supremely ordered feel during our visit. Art, design and technology very strong and creative – as one would expect in a school with a design specialism. Projects include designing sculptures of dream ice cream sundaes...

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Executive principal

Since June 2007, some 15 months before the academy opened, Mr Michael Whitworth (40s). Previously head of Kelmscott School in Walthamstow. Born and brought up in Northumberland, he graduated as a historian and has recently taught history and religious studies. After working in both private industry and the civil service, he entered teaching and has worked in schools in London, Hertfordshire and Essex. He was attracted by the ‘unusual opportunity to create a brand new school from scratch’, and built up the school’s reputation very rapidly. ‘I think the governors recognised my capacity to stick to a task and see it through.’ Understated but extremely caring, say parents, very driven and with sights set very high. Married with two young children.

Principal of the secondary school is Gavin Smith.

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