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.
15 of Ark’s secondary schools have battled it out for victory in the Ark Senior Great Debate Championships, with rousing rhetoric from Ark Helenswood Academy winning the trophy for the school and Isaac Newton Academy coming a close second.
Last summer, seven Ark teachers spent part of their summer holidays in Uganda and India working with some of our global partners as part of the Ark Global Teaching Fellowship. The programme gives teachers the opportunity to share their expertise in a particular area of school leadership - previous Fellows have worked across areas such as curriculum development, teacher training and school culture.
The programme offers a truly unique professional development experience, and in many cases, a truly life changing experience.