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Monday 3rd July 2017

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. 

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. 

Putney
Tuesday 6th June 2017

Alexandra Charalambous is a voice specialist, lecturer and teacher trainer. She recently led a practical workshop at Ark's Teach 2017 conference, which explored how the voice works.
Research has shown that an ineffective voice can produce disaffection amongst sections of pupils. In the short film below, Alexandra offers practical tips on how to best use your voice in the classroom to engage students of all ages.

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.

Understanding the teenage brain
Saturday 6th May 2017

Bradley Busch is an HCPC registered Psychologist. He is a partner at InnerDrive, developing student mindsets in schools and designing and delivering teacher CPD. Bradley has become one of the leading experts on how psychological research can best help students and teachers. He writes regularly for The Guardian and works with Premiership footballers and athletes from Team GB.

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.

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