Jim Ryan
Executive Managing Director


Solihull Metroplitan Borough Council

Birmingham SENAS

Worcestershire SEN Assessment Service

Sandwell MBC

Connexions Birmingham & Solihull






Archway Academy Independent School

About us

Archway Academy is an independent school which caters for learners from 14 o 19 years old. (Learners of 19 years of age can only be accepted into the Traineeships & Study Programmes at Archway if they have learning difficulties.) It offers an alternative curriculum for learners who have struggled to achieve in the mainstream school environment. It also specializes in providing help for learners who have learning difficulties or behavioral issues.

Founded in 2003 by Principal and Executive Managing Director Jim Ryan, it was registered as an independent school in October 2007 following a stringent Ofsted inspection. Education and skills are provided for students who come mainly from Birmingham and Solihull, but also from Sandwell, Worcester, Kidderminster and Bromsgrove.

The academy delivers a specialist approach for those who may otherwise have had to go to residential education institutions and its one-to-one provision allows young people to remain within their own communities and receive holistic support from the academy. This involves working with their families and various agencies to deliver an educational package that will enable young people to take a responsible place in society.

Welcome Message from the Executive Managing Director

The best advertisement for Archway Academy is its students and if you ask current parents, schools and education authorities, they will invariably speak of Archway Academy as a friendly, happy and well balanced education and skills facility. I hope the prospectus provides a helpful introduction to Archway Academy.

The best way to understand us however, is of course to visit Archway Academy on a working day and to see for yourself – please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange an appointment.

As Executive Managing Director I am personally committed to our statement ethos; integrity is non-negotiable, exceed expectations, challenge conventional wisdom, respect for all and I feel extremely privileged to lead Archway Academy with such a development past and exciting future. We pride ourselves on our commitment to the individual – every student is valued and encouraged to develop their own character and talents to the full. Confidence and maturity are nurtured by experienced academic and pastoral staff, along with an atmosphere of opportunity, enquiry, equality/diversity and excellent structures of care for our students. Our primary duty is safeguarding all our children and young people at Archway Academy.

Helping every student fulfil their potential has been the hallmark of Archway Academy and progress and success are fundamental to what we do. Education and skills is however, about so much more than qualifications, important though they are. The wide range of experiences and extra curricular provision on offer in sport, art, music and dance make for cheerful and self disciplined students who have an appetite for discovery and ambition for further education and employment. All students enjoy the benefits of a personal education and skills tutor who will monitor progress at frequent intervals, encourage good learning and challenge and affirm as appropriate.

Jim Ryan
Executive Managing Director


   Parents Comments  

"If any programme could get their son/daughter back into education, Archway is the one."

"We both recommend it."

".......I think it is perfect, definitely I would recommend it."

".......All the staff are very helpful if you have any worries.....they are there to help."

" For any child requiring special needs I would recommend the Archway Academy ."

         Archway News        

Inspection Marks - "Good to Outstanding" 30 Mar 2012

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