Latest blogs

Ark Music Festival
Wednesday 25th July 2018

On 23 June 2018, over 650 Ark students came together to perform in the first ever Ark Music Festival, Summer Sounds.

Students performed in front of family, friends and members of the local community at Ark Swift Primary Academy in West London.

Deliberate practice in knowledge-rich lessons
Friday 29th June 2018

The video below features Ark Academy teacher, Sophie Vellacott, demonstrating how to deliver a knowledge-rich lesson.
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Wednesday 27th June 2018

Kruti Bharucha is CEO of Peepul, an Ark venture. Peepul is an education non-profit that aims to transform children’s lives in India.

Thursday 21st June 2018

Lauren Thorpe is Head of Data and Systems Strategy at Ark. 
She has a background in Computer Science and was formerly the Principal of a Secondary Free School in London.

Jamie Parkhouse
Thursday 14th June 2018

Jamie Parkhouse is the Teaching and Learning Lead at Ark Brunel Primary Academy, which joined the Ark network in 2013. Jamie started as an NQT at the school six years ago and has a successful track record leading Key Stage 1. In this blog, he talks about how he now works to improve teaching and learning across the whole school, and how getting all staff to accept change can sometimes be a challenge. 

Meryl Noronha
Wednesday 30th May 2018

Meryl Noronha is second-in-charge in English, KS3 leader and mentor at Ark Elvin Academy in Wembley. Meryl joined the school four years ago, at the same time the school joined the Ark network. She shares her unusual route into teaching, what it’s like to be part of a transition school and how she’s been supported to develop and progress in her career.

Ark Charter Academy
Monday 21st May 2018

Zack Morgan is the Head of Science at Ark Charter Academy in Portsmouth.

Andrew Welch
Monday 21st May 2018

Andrew Welch is a trainee geography teacher at Ark Globe Academy in south London. Andrew is part of the first Now Teach cohort, a teacher training programme and Ark Venture for experienced career changers looking to reapply their skills to the classroom.
Andrew talks about his decision to go in to teaching as a second career and the challenges and highlights of the year so far.  

Teacher playing football with children
Monday 14th May 2018

Jo Loughran is the Director of Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma movement led by Mind and

Friday 11th May 2018

Fatima Ali is a 17 year-old A level student at Ark Academy in Wembley, North London. She is hoping to attend university with the goal of becoming a barrister.
“I was struggling with my studies at primary school, but once I started secondary school at Ark Academy, my grades improved dramatically. I had great encouragement from the teachers. The way they explained things in class really supported me to understand better and helped me with everything I’ve achieved so far.