From the moment we first considered sending our son to Argyle House School, all our questions were answered fully and openly. Although our son (Jamie) has only been at Argyle House School for 3 weeks, he already feels that he belongs!

The induction process for our son has been smooth, well planned, stress free and has undoubtedly enabled him to settle very quickly and happily into an unfamiliar environment.

Our son is seen and valued as an individual, whom we are sure will flourish emotionally, socially and academically, in a supportive environment. Now at Argyle House School our son is once again enthused to learn.

Our child is thriving and flourishing in a positive atmosphere, where children want to learn and are encouraged and supported to do so.

We have found everyone (children, office staff, teachers, caretaker and headmaster) to be friendly, approachable, welcoming and helpful.

Everyone matters at Argyle House School!

Mr and Mrs Shaw

Before teaching at Argyle House School I worked at several state comprehensive schools. This is the first school I have taught in where it is ‘cool’ to do well. Overall pupils here are a delight – they are polite, courteous, they want to learn and are keen to succeed.

Mrs Cahill

At Argyle House School we are small enough to know and care for each child individually whilst also providing a broad and stimulating curriculum and environment in which your child can grow and be supported throughout until they are ready to go into the world and sample all it has to offer them.

Mrs L Mcintosh

We have three sons at this school, each with different abilities. The essence of the school is the teaching staff and their ability to cater to the individual needs of our children, drawing on their strengths and supporting their weaknesses. The greatest testament, however, has to be what the boys said when we asked them what they thought of Argyle House School. They said that it was like a home from home, that the teachers were great fun and they enjoyed their lessons. The boys always come home happy and full of chat about their day, as parents we can’t ask for much more than that.

Mr and Mrs Shotton

The small size of the senior school enables staff to know each student's individual strengths and weaknesses. A major strength of the school is pastoral care as the staff get to know pupils from an early age in the primary department through to the end of the senior school.

Mrs Watt

Senior Department

Subjects taught: Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, History, Geography, French, German, Business Studies, Music, Home Economics, PSHE, Drama, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, ICT, Physical Education, Art.

GCSE choices are made at the end of year 9, which affects the subjects studied.


In Mathematics, the emphasis is on a mixed approach with traditional and modern techniques used, where children are taught to their own ability. There is an emphasis upon mental skills and using these to solve problems.

Modern Languages

French and German are studied, because competence in a European Modern Language is vital in many areas of work today. The department is equipped with specialised equipment, and computer programs to support learning.

In Years 10 and 11 the children have regular interaction with native language assistants.


All children study the separate sciences; Chemistry, Biology and Physics, within a fully equipped laboratory, which includes its own computer system and software; children also investigate scientific theories through practical lessons, and these are reinforced by visits to industrial and ecological centres.


This is taught to every senior child, where every child is equipped with their own keyboard or other musical instrument to allow them the best opportunity to learn.

Information Technology

The Information Technology room is equipped with the latest PC hardware and software. There is a PC for every child. All the children participate in ICT lessons throughout the Senior Department, but are taught beyond the requirements of a GCSE examination, to stand them in good stead for any future employment or university. This resource is used throughout the curriculum to further enhance learning. The internet is readily available and every child will be given an e-mail account when entering the school; this is to allow the work to be sent home directly.


In Art and Design, pupils are taught to develop skills in order to be able to explore new ideas. The children investigate different techniques from observational drawing to developing watercolour skills.

Home Economics

This is taken by all the children to allow a basic understanding and knowledge of food science. This is only taught to the end of Year 9.


This is studied within a traditional, formal framework, employing a variety of strategies, including didactic teaching, discussion, group work, debate, TV and theatre visits. Thus, children acquire the skills necessary for their GCSEs and wider lives.


Work within Drama is designed to complement, contribute and support the general aims of the school. Pupils of all abilities are encouraged to fully develop both academically and socially. The family values of caring and respect which are an important part of the school ethos are also important values within the Drama Department.

Personal, Social and Health Education

This is taught as an individual subject. The children have the opportunity to discuss relevant issues or design information leaflets. Many outside agencies help with the successful deployment of this subject.

History and Geography

Children learn to understand the consequences of social and cultural values in historical events. Interpretative and analytical skills are acquired whilst studying Geography. This promotes a sound basis for the knowledge and understanding needed in Year 11 for GCSEs and adult life.


From Year 10 onwards, the children participate in careers talks to help determine the occupation/vocation they may wish to pursue in the future. This is carried out by the careers advisor and Connexions. This process culminates in Year 11 with individual interviews. These are then followed up by parental consultation with the Head Teacher to ensure that the best result is achieved and that each child’s ‘Action Plan’ provides a clear focus for a successful future. The children also undergo a week of Work Experience in Year 11, where the main objective is to gain an understanding of the skills required for that given field.


Sport is enjoyed by every child, where the child takes part in skill based lessons, and gradual integration of competitive team games. Sport lessons are conducted in the sports hall and at our local sports fields, a few minutes walk from our main site. Swimming is taught throughout the school calendar for children from 4 years upwards. The children have regular games with other local schools as well as inter-house school competitions, which run throughout the school calendar.

Two major sporting events in the school calendar are the Swimming Gala and Sports Day, where parents are invited to attend and offer their support at these enjoyable events.

Teams; U11 Football, Netball and Cross Country; U13 and U16 Rugby; U13 and U16 Netball; U13 and U16 Basketball (Boys and Girls); U13 and U16 Football (Boys and Girls); U13 and U16 Tennis (Boys and Girls) Cricket.

Pastoral Care

Because Argyle House is the only school run by a family, each child is known to all the staff individually and cared for as if they are part of the school family. The system in place allows the staff to support and be sympathetic to every child’s needs. The staff are always readily available for consultation and advice. The children can ask any member of staff for help, but because this is such an important area for the development of the child, specific teachers have been assigned for this role to ensure that this is sensitively managed.