Ark William Parker Academy student Russell Reid is set to follow his lifelong passion for maths and science with a place to study Physics at Oxford University, Corpus Christi College, after earning 3 A*’s and an A in his A level exams.
From an early age, Russell has known he wanted to pursue the subject. He says: “I enjoyed maths when I was growing up and you would come up with equations, but you couldn't really conceive what they meant easily – physics is a way to input that into the real-world.
The sky’s the limit for high-flying Evelyn Grace Academy student Tiana Thompson, who is hoping her GCSEs will start her on a path to studying aeronautical engineering at university. Tiana earned As in maths, history and English and an A* in art and design.
Tiana says: “When I was younger, I travelled around a lot with my family, so I’ve always been fascinated by planes and how they work. When I fly now, I love sitting near the wings to watch the hydraulic equipment.
Over 170 primary and secondary students converged on London Met University, all competing for the Mega Maths Wrangle Trophy 2016.
At our annual maths competition, 22 schools brought their top mathematicians to participate in challenges ranging from Mensa puzzles to construction challenges, culminating in a dramatic Times Table Rock Star finals.
Ark’s Education Partnerships Group (EPG) is partnering with the Liberian Ministry of Education to design and implement an innovative academy style programme. Partnership Schools for Liberia aims to bring expertise from the non-state sector into the public system to dramatically improve numeracy and literacy outcomes in this fragile post-Ebola post-war West African nation. With 11 organisations applying to take part in the pilot, this programme has the potential to kick start a thriving, competitive education ecosystem in Liberia.
Haengeun, a former Ark Burlington Danes Academy student and Marshall Wace bursary recipient, graduates from the University of Oxford this summer. Here, she reflects on her time both at BDA and Oxford and shares her exciting plans for the future.
The demands on a teacher’s time are endless. Often, it’s the administrative tasks that are the most burdensome. In a recent government survey on teacher workload, recording, inputting and monitoring data was one of the most commonly cited “unnecessary” tasks.
The UK isn’t currently known for its dominance in mathematics education or achievement. But with the backing of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mathematics Mastery wants to change this. Mathematics Mastery is an innovative maths teaching framework initially developed by Ark teachers. The programme works in partnership with schools to empower and equip educators to deliver world-class mathematics teaching.
The team that wins the Barclays Premier League Trophy will have proven themselves to be the best against tough competition. In this sense, the trophy represents resilience, drive, discipline and an unwavering focus on accomplishing a dream.
While the intended outcome is quite different – a place at university or a fulfilling career – Ark hopes to inspire our students to embody these same ideals. It was therefore an amazing opportunity for our students to see hard work personified when Barclays took the Premier League Trophy on tour across six of our schools.
Over a decade ago, as part of our efforts to transform children's lives around the world, we partnered with Hope and Homes for Children. This organisation had already been working tirelessly to reform Romania's childcare, but their capacity improved dramatically with Ark's investment.
Together, we were able to close damaging institutions and successfully move children into loving homes either with families or dedicated carers. Importantly, we also successfully campaigned for deinstitutionalisation to become national policy.
‘We sometimes forget what we are educating them for – it’s for life, for work, not just the Sixth Form. For example, communication and resilience, they’re life skills that need to be taught through regular interactions and experiences,’ says Yvonne Powell, Principal at Ark’s Walworth Academy. She believes that in order to prepare her students for long-term success, Walworth must give them skills beyond the academic.