Our Vision: The Arden Centre for Community Learning

The Arden Centre for Community Learning (ACCL) is a response to the strategic need to build new houses in our Community and in line with the results of the KDBH Survey which identified a clear need to improve leisure facilities (indoor and outdoor); education facilities and activities/facilities for young people

  • A response to the strategic need to build new houses in our Community.
  • KDBH Local Survey – clear need to improve Leisure Facilities (indoor and outdoor) and Education facilities and activities/facilities for young people.
  • A New Arden with modern features and learning facilities that will further enhance students’ learning experiences and help retain and recruit the very best teachers in the country.
  • Many more and wider opportunities for Community use.
  • A new 3 storey 10 form entry school (as now) able to  accommodate all the children in the Arden catchment area.
  • A 600 seat Performing Arts Theatre.
  • A Sports Centre with a possible swimming pool.
  • A 4G floodlit pitch and MUGA.
  • A Gymnastics Centre.
  • A Day Nursery.
  • A Youth Zone.
  • Potential to co-locate a new Primary School.
  • There will be full community use and the opportunity to engage young and old alike.

The benefits to our community of a new state of the art School and Centre for Community Learning

  • A new state of the art School and Centre for Community Learning.
  • Better Community Safety when travelling to and from school with a significant reduction in traffic and parking on journey to school routes.
  • Significant yearly savings (£150,000) on site refurbishment and renovation enabling greater investment in learning facilities that will further enhance students’ learning experiences and pastoral care.
  • Help retain and recruit the very best teachers in the country.
  • New Youth Zone – a safe place for our young people to be active, happy and learn.
  • A reduction in the school’s annual energy consumption creating savings of some £100,000.
  • Better sport, leisure and learning facilities for the whole community during and outside school hours.
  • NO impact on teaching and learning during construction.
  • Building houses on many smaller sites will create more disruption and limited community benefit
  • Supporting growth of the local area and related infrastructure.