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.
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.
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.
Schools across the network celebrated female power on International Women’s Day, #IWD2017, yesterday.
The annual event inspired activities in Ark schools that highlighted the achievements of women from local communities, businesses and universities as well as inspirations from across the globe.
Daisy Christodoulou, Head of Assessment at Ark, has added to the assessment debate with her new book, Making Good Progress? The future of Assessment for Learning. The book analyses the impact that Assessment for Learning has had in classrooms.
Micah Dolphy, student at Ark Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, London, has released her first book, Poetic Surds. The collection of poems was written in tribute of Micah's late father.
To celebrate the success of Poetic Surds, Ark Evelyn Grace was chosen by Micah to host a special book launch on Wednesday 8 February 2017. The book launch was well attended by Micah’s family, friends, school and local community.
On Saturday 4 February 2017, teaching and education professionals came together to discuss 'What makes excellent teaching?'
The event featured keynote speeches from Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner, and Lorraine Clarke, Principal of Ark Blacklands and Ark Little Ridge primary academies. Throughout the day teachers took part in practical workshops and inspiring talks, ranging from Technology for teaching and Understanding the teenage brain to The behaviour management cycle and The characteristics of great teachers.
Ark King Solomon Academy, a non-selective school near London’s Edgware Road has been ranked in the top five schools in the country - higher even than any selective school, according to league tables released by the government.
The Education Secretary, Justine Greening, announced the opportunity area programme would now be expanded to 12 new areas, including Hastings.
In a speech delivered on 19 January, she set out the role of education in removing obstacles to social mobility, and the importance of ensuring that all young people can fulfil their potential.
Stuart Barter is a Specialist and Mentor Leader at Artis, an arts education company helping children achieve at school by integrating the arts throughout their learning. Stuart is running a workshop at Teach 2017, in which he will introduce performing arts tools to creatively explore stories, settings and characters.