News

Wednesday 9th December 2015

BBC Radio 4's The Educators went to meet the two new headteachers of one of Ark's secondary schools in Birmingham for a special programme on the challenges of turning a school around.  

Wednesday 2nd December 2015

One of the biggest challenges in schools across the world is to ensure that students in lower income communities have access to the same quality of teaching and learning as those from more affluent backgrounds. The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) in South Africa is piloting a new model

Tuesday 1st December 2015

Two Ark schools have been celebrating world culture by hosting their first ever assembly together - despite being over 4,000 miles away.
Children at Ark Atwood Primary Academy, started their International Day with live video assembly over Skype with Lajpat Nagar III, a new primary school in South Delhi which is Ark's first ever school abroad.

Friday 20th November 2015

Over the last couple of weeks, 11 of our London schools and two of our Portsmouth schools participated in the Shakespeare Schools Festival 2015. From a 1940s themed Queen Lear to Much Ado About Nothing set to a Madonna soundtrack, to a Twelfth Night involving Space Hoppers, we witnessed fantastic performances from our talented students.
Sarah from Ark Brunel played Lady Macbeth, she said “it was scary, but when we got on stage, the lights meant that you couldn't see beyond the first row. I'm glad that I did it and am proud of myself."

Ark India Lajpat Nagar first day
Thursday 19th November 2015

The first ever school outside of the UK supported by an academy network held a special celebration assembly today, four months after opening. The school, Lajpat-Nagar III Primary School in South Delhi, India was established through a new partnership between Ark and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), the local government, and is free to attend. 

Friday 13th November 2015

Ark St Alban's Academy was today featured in a TES cover feature: "Birmingham's shining bright." The story reveals how schools in Birmingham, once thought of as underachieving, have recently seen an impressive increase in results. The TES notes that at Ark St Alban's "80 percent of students qualify for the pupil premium, yet 69 per cent achieved 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and maths - well above the national average of 52.8 per cent."

Friday 23rd October 2015

Figures released by the Department for Education show that Ark Kings Academy in Birmingham is the most improved sponsored academy in the whole country over two years. 
Since 2013, GCSE results at Ark Kings are up 27 percentage points, while the national average for all schools is down by 6 points.

Thursday 15th October 2015

Ark's King Solomon Academy was today confirmed as the best non-selective school in England with the publication of secondary school league tables by the Department for Education.
93% of students at King Solomon Academy, which is located in the most economically deprived ward in London,  got at least 5 GCSEs rated A*-C including English and maths, the main measure of secondary school performance.

Ark Oval Primary
Tuesday 13th October 2015

New figures show that five year olds at Ark schools are outperforming the national average by over a fifth (22%).
81% of pupils at the academy network’s primary schools secured a ‘Good Level of Development’ in the early years, compared to 66% nationally.

Thursday 24th September 2015

Official figures released today by the Department for Education on key stage 1 results (pupils aged seven) and phonics checks show that Ark achieved results well above the national average on every headline measure.

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