News

Lorraine Clarke receiving Pearson Silver Award
Friday 16th June 2017

Lorraine Clarke of Ark Blacklands Primary Academy in Hastings has won a Pearson Silver Teaching Award in the category Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School. 

Rebecca Clark
Wednesday 14th June 2017

Rebecca Clark, recently the Regional Schools Commissioner for South-West England, will be joining Ark as our new Secondary Regional Director for London and Portsmouth. 

Lucy Heller
Friday 9th June 2017

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
Wednesday 7th June 2017

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
Wednesday 24th May 2017

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."

Ark Boulton Academy
Wednesday 24th May 2017

Ark Boulton Academy in Birmingham has been rated good in every category in its first Section 5 Ofsted report.

Thursday 30th March 2017

Ark Conway Primary Academy in Hammersmith has been recognised at an awards ceremony for its commitment to workplace wellbeing. The school were awarded Gold in Mind’s inaugural Workplace Wellbeing Index, which shows they are achieving excellence within their workplace.

Ark music
Wednesday 29th March 2017

Performing a range of pieces, from Beethoven movements to Michael Jackson pop songs, nearly 100 Ark students gathered together recently for a three-day residential music programme.
Ten Ark schools participated in the event, which brought together singers from Ark’s "Spark" mass choir and instrumentalists from Ark’s "Fusion" ensemble.

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

On Tuesday 21 March Ark hosted “Art for Ark,” an auction arranged in partnership with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch has supported Ark since 2004, most recently working with Mathematics Mastery to help transform maths attainment across the UK.
Forty-five pieces of artwork from students and teachers across the Ark network were hung in London’s famed Saatchi Gallery. Guests, including staff from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, were invited to bid on the pieces in a silent auction.

Ark Blacklands Academy
Wednesday 15th March 2017

Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd visited Ark Blacklands Primary Academy on Friday 3 March to congratulate the school on being rated as outstanding in a recent Ofsted inspection.
Ark Blacklands became one of only eleven schools in the country to go straight from an inadequate grading to outstanding.

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