School life

“Leaders, staff and pupils work together to make the school a harmonious community. Pupils are respectful, courteous and kind to each other.”

Ofsted, 2019

What does it feel like to be an Archer? Here are some key aspects of everyday life at our school.

Discovering new passions

Our enrichment programme gives students the chance to try new things and discover hidden passions and talents. We encourage them to be adventurous when making their choices, and thoroughly enjoy watching them learn new things about themselves.

We also run a number of clubs, teams and societies across the week, open to all, and take advantage of all that London has to offer through our popular Culture Club.

Getting stuck in

Our can-do culture is rooted in our Archer values, and underpins school life. We encourage our students to be curious and creative, to throw themselves into new opportunities, and to keep going in the face of adversity.

We also inspire them to come up with their own ideas for enriching school life, and empower them to make them happen. Recent examples include the creation of a Global Ambassadors environmental group and an LGBTQ+ society.

Being part of a house

All Archer students belong to one of our three houses: Ignatius, Lovelace and Seacole. This creates opportunities for students to mix with others outside their classes, and across all year groups, and to take on leadership roles such as house captains.

The competition between the three houses can be fierce, especially on Sports Day and at the end of the academic year, when we announce the winner of the house points cup.

Knowing who to talk to

Thanks to the close-knit relationships within our school community, our students know that there will always be someone to talk to, whatever they may be facing.

Form tutors and heads of year really know their students and understand the best way to help them. And our older students support our younger ones, through an established peer-mentoring programme.

We also have a wider pastoral team, including mentors and counsellors, for both formal and informal support.

Taking the chance to lead

From sports and house captains to prefects and head students, Archers have lots of chances to lead. Each site has a student leadership team and they take their responsibilities seriously, whilst enjoying the chance to help shape their school.

We also encourage our students to develop their leadership skills in more informal ways, such as acting as playground monitors and literacy supporters at our core primary schools.

Diversity and Inclusion

We pride ourselves on being a diverse community, and have put in place a range of initiatives to drive and celebrate inclusion within and beyond our school. 

Click here to take a look at the latest issue of our Diversity and Inclusion magazine, created by our student-led Empower Society.

Find out what Ofsted had to say about life at our school