Ark students across the network have been opening their results this morning, excited to find out what their next big step will be. All of our sixth forms have positive stories to share, with students gaining entry to Russell Group universities and setting out on the path to the careers of their choice.
Amarachi, Year 13 student at Ark Evelyn Grace Academy got two As and a B in her A levels, and is off to study English Literature at Warwick University.
Ark Blacklands Primary Academy in Hastings is one of eleven new schools chosen to become a Research School. The school has been awarded £200,000 over three years to boost the quality of teaching in the region through better use of research.
Amy Hanna, Head of English at Ark Academy in Wembley, has won an £11,000 prize to fund a fantastic idea that has ignited her students’ passion for English. Amy was awarded the prize by judges of the Let Teachers SHINE competition. This funding will help get her educational YouTube project off the ground and launch it to a wider audience of students.
More than 600 students from 28 schools came together for Ark's 9th Music Gala, held at London's Barbican Centre on 30 June. The annual celebration, part of Ark's extensive music programme for schools, gives students from throughout the network the opportunity to perform at a world-class venue in front of family and friends.
Lucy Heller, the Chief Executive of Ark, has been profiled in the Tes this week.
Lucy was interviewed by Will Hazell, who talked to her about the cuts in education funding, improving the gender balance among MAT leaders and staff and standing up to selection.
On the latter she comments, “If you want to get a measure of a society, it’s not, in a way, what it does for the brightest, for the most able – it’s how it treats its most disadvantaged.”
Ark Oval Primary Academy in East Croydon this week celebrated the opening of its brand new teaching building. The event was attended by the Mayor of Croydon, Toni Letts OBE, local councillors, school governors and senior leaders.
The Key Stage 2 choir opened the proceedings, followed by heartfelt speeches from the head girl and head boy, Rym and Joshua.
Ark Little Ridge Primary Academy in Hastings is celebrating its Ofsted report, which has graded the school as good with outstanding features. The school was previously deemed as requiring 'special measures' before it joined the Ark network in 2014.
The effectiveness of leadership and management at Ark Little Ridge was graded as outstanding, with Ofsted inspectors saying, "Leadership in the school is inspirational" and "the school has improved markedly since it opened."