Grammy award-winning British rock band Mumford & Sons are auctioning a limited edition, autographed banjo to raise money for Ark Putney Academy’s music department.
Deering Banjo custom designed a banjo for each country the band visited during their sold out May tour. Mumford & Sons are auctioning off one of these banjos in support of Ark Putney’s innovative music programme. They hope the auction will raise £5,000.
Ark Schools Chair Paul Marshall has been awarded a knighthood for services to education in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Marshall, who was one of the co-founders of Ark, was recognised not only for his work with the high-performing network of schools, but his impact on education in England more generally.
A new report authored by Ark, released and published in conjunction with independent think tank Education Policy Institute, formerly CentreForum, warns that government policy changes designed to help working families could have the unintended consequence of making quality early years education less available to disadvantaged communities.
Ark Swift Primary Academy is celebrating gaining national recognition for staging a remarkable turnaround – less than three years after joining the Ark network.
In a report released this week, Ark Swift Primary Academy was judged “Good” by Ofsted, which commended the school’s focus on reading, writing and mathematics, as well as its outstanding range of extracurricular activities.
An English teacher at Ark Putney Academy has won one of ten "Inspirational Teachers" awards from Oxford University after intervening to ensure that a talented sixth form student achieved a place at the university.
Edward Davison, Deputy Head of the school's Sixth Form, was honoured with the award after helping Maan Al-Yasiri secure a place at Brasenose College, Oxford, which boasts the current British and Australian Prime Ministers amongst its alumni.
Ark St Alban’s Academy this week hosted teachers from across the country in a free conference on helping students manage the change to linear GCSE exams.
The conference was the latest in Ark’s series of free professional development sessions open to all teachers, regardless of whether or not they work in an Ark school. The day gave practical advice and schemes of work for the new GCSE specification, in which a student’s grade relies entirely upon the final exams, rather than coursework or modular exams.
Ark St Alban’s Academy has been shortlisted for Secondary School of the Year at the Times Education Supplement (TES) School Awards 2016. Ark St Alban’s is one of just eight schools in the country to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. The school has also been shortlisted for the Science, Technology and Engineering Team of the Year Award making it one of the only schools to be shortlisted in two categories.
Jane Fletcher will join Ark as our new Regional Director for Secondary Schools, starting in September.
Ms Fletcher comes from Harris Girls’ Academy in East Dulwich, where she has been Headteacher and Executive Headteacher since 2008, leading the school to a 2012 Ofsted Outstanding rating.
Jane is an educator with a proven track record of transforming schools. Harris Girls’ has been in the top 3 percentile nationally for progress for the past 5 years consecutively and is currently in the 1st percentile.