It takes a special kind of resilience, determination and great teaching to go from being a political refugee to a place at Oxford University – but Maan Al-Yasiri had all three in spades.
Maan’s family is originally from Iraq, but moved to Syria to escape political persecution before Maan was born: 'I have three uncles who were political opponents of the Saddam regime and one of them spent time in Abu Ghraib prison.’
With our students collecting their A level results yesterday, there was plenty to celebrate. Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to keep up to date – and look out for our posts on GCSE results day next week.
Ark students have been celebrating today as they receive their A level results and get their places at some of the best universities in the country confirmed, including four who now have confirmed places at Oxford and Cambridge.
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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.