Welcome to Henley-in-Arden School

 Nestled in the heart of rural Warwickshire, Henley-in-Arden School is one of the education world’s hidden gems.  With pressure on school places in Solihull and Birmingham, and a growing desire for a smaller, friendlier school experience, more and more parents are discovering our 650 pupil secondary school, especially as families are no longer restricted to choosing a school in their own local authority.

Being a smaller school doesn’t stop us providing a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including many very successful sports clubs.  Particularly noteworthy is our emphasis on the Performing Arts.  A quick glance at our website’s alumni page reveals our strengths in drama, dance and music with students graduating from top specialist schools including the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts and Guild Hall; our students go on to fantastic successes, for example recent ex-pupils Connor Ball (star of The Vamps) and Poldark actor Alexander Sebastian Morris.

What if the arts aren’t for you? No problem. We are also resolutely focused on academic achievement. Our 2018 academic results place us in the top 20% of schools nationally with many of our pupils transferring to prestigious sixth forms.  Very many pupils go on to Oxbridge and “Russell Group” universities.

In extremely challenging times over the last year, I would like to formally recognise the comprehensive work of the Henley staff, in delivering excellent remote learning provision that was acknowledged as exemplary by an external improvement advisor.  The attitude of staff towards supporting and challenging students’ learning and aspirations, alongside excellent student behaviour, culminated in impressive outcomes for the outgoing student cohort, using Centrally Assessed Grades (CAGs) in 2020.  For many students, the grades successfully facilitated their career progression post Henley.

Our aim to ensure all teaching is inspirational and creative, as well as providing an environment that supports student and staff well-being, is at the heart of these excellent results.

Nowadays, families have a wide range of schools to choose from as parents are no longer confined by traditional ‘catchment areas’.  Nevertheless, we’re always surprised how many families aren’t aware that a school such as Henley-in-Arden is an option for them – but we are! Anyone wanting to visit is welcome to contact us to book an appointment.


Mr Mark Wilson NPQH