Principal's Welcome


Gavin SmithWelcome to the Wren Academy website. We know that the site is the first point of call for many people new to the Academy and a regular destination for those who work with us more closely. As a consequence we want this to be a friendly and informative site which gives visitors detailed information about Wren in an appealing, interesting and exciting way. We also hope the site keeps you up to date with the latest news and events from the school.

Wren Academy has come a long way since the school opened to its first Year 7 in 2008.  We are now an all through school with over 1200 students aged between four and 18. The school has continued to grow as we have taken on new primary cohorts since 2015. The school is proud of its successes; we have been given two outstanding Ofsted judgements and achieved highly in GCSE and A Level results. We have also established a national reputation for excellence in teaching and learning, developing an approach which focuses consistently on enabling young people to be effective learners.   Having been involved in the setting up of the primary, secondary phase and Sixth Form I am delighted to recommend each stage of education to parents and children interested in becoming part of the Wren community.

Whilst we feel our lessons and enrichment help to make Wren an exceptionally rewarding school to attend or to work in, perhaps the most unusual thing about the Academy is the quality of the relationships you will find here.  Students at Wren like and respect each other and value their opportunities to learn.  They get on exceptionally well with staff, so adults and students work together in a productive and trusting atmosphere.  Students are given a high degree of responsibility and thrive on it leading to the exceptional behaviour Wren is so well known for.  Student leadership is at the heart of our philosophy with student curriculum advisers, lesson observers and interviewers working along with a more traditional student council.  We believe that Wren students are given unequalled opportunities to learn, to encounter positive life experiences and to excel.  Underpinning all of our work with students and staff is our Christian ethos which permeates all aspects of our work at Wren.

I hope you already share, or will come to share, my belief that Wren is an exceptional school to attend as a student or to work in as an adult.  I feel extremely privileged to be the Principal and to have been involved with Wren Academy from the beginning.

Gavin Smith, Principal