A new report from the education research foundation The Sutton Trust released today shows that leading academy groups such as Ark are having a transformational impact on their pupils.
The analysis of results from 34 academy chains shows that Ark schools secured the best results for disadvantaged pupils getting at least 5 good GCSEs including English and maths in 2014.
Ark has today published provisional results across our primary schools. They show pupils at Ark primary schools have posted their best ever key stage 2 results this year with 72% getting a ‘Level 4’ in reading, writing and mathematics. This represents a five point rise on last year’s average of 67%. There was also a five point rise for those getting ‘Level 5’.
To put these figures in context, around half of Ark pupils in year 6 are eligible for the Pupil Premium and a large proportion of pupils start primary school behind expected levels.
Over 300 students from across 13 Ark schools sprang, ran and jumped into action for Ark’s key stage 3 sports day.
The students took to the track at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre – a venue which has seen Olympians Usain Bolt, Christine Ohuruogu and Seb Coe compete – in a day of track and field events.
Highlights included a new 800m record set by Helenswood Academy student Keira and an amazing 1.6m high jump by Ark Globe Academy student Jamal Bangura.
Pupils at Ark schools have posted their best ever key stage 2 results this year with 72% getting a ‘level 4’ in reading, writing and mathematics. This represents a five point rise on last year’s average of 67%.
Ark recently hosted a policy discussion with King’s College London to debate their experience of education reform over the past decade. It was the culmination of a joint research project which resulted in the publication of a report entitled ‘Lessons Learned’ bringing together a range of essays on unlocking educational potential.
Over 750 students from across the Ark network joined together in a musical celebration at the Barbican for Ark’s seventh – and, to date, the largest – annual Music Gala.
The event included a single massed choir of 400 voices, as well as a rich variety of repertoire including music from the Tudor era, a Russian folk song and contemporary pop hits like Ella Henderson’s ‘Ghost’.