Ofsted & Performance

There is currently no Ofsted judgement for Arbour Academy.


The school was last inspected by Ofsted on the 8-9th October 2019 as The Canterbury Centre and was judged to be a good school. 


Summary of Key Findings for Parents and Pupils


This is a good school.

  • Pupils describe this school as being ‘like one big supportive family’. Parents and pupils agree that this is a safe, happy school where pupils thrive and succeed.
  • Relationships are a priority in this small school. Staff take time to get to know each pupil, their interests and aspirations.
  • Pupils talk enthusiastically about their learning. They all agree that they love subjects which they found overwhelming in their previous schools.
  • Parents are extremely happy with the school. They speak positively about the difference the school has made for their children both academically and personally. Typical comments included that that the school was ‘life-changing’.
  • Pupils’ behaviour is very good. The pupils and parents who gave their views agreed that there is no bullying in the school.
  • The school’s values of ‘belonging, engaging, learning and compassion’ are golden threads that run throughout the school.
  • Pupils make remarkable progress, often from very low starting points. The vast majority catch up in their learning, gain their GCSEs and progress on to sixth form, college or training providers.
  • The culture of safeguarding is very strong. Staff know every pupil very well and work closely with parents and other professionals to keep pupils safe.

Results & Performance Data

GCSE attainment data is available on request. This information is not published on our website as, due to small numbers of pupils, individual pupils are identifiable.