Jake, former Ark Putney Academy student, is studying Astrophysics at University College London. This summer, he moved to Pasadena, California to work at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA JPL is the leading centre in America for the robotic exploration of the solar system. Here Jake talks about this incredible experience and looks back on how his school and the Reuben Scholarship helped make this possible.
Ark’s journey started with one school, ten years ago.
Before Burlington Danes became the first Ark school in 2006, it was one of the worst performing schools in London; now, it’s considered one of the best.
In the years since opening, Ark Burlington Danes has opened a new sixth form college and a primary school, whilst the secondary school has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. We spoke to staff and students at the school to find out what makes it so special.
Teachers from the Ark network recently attended a two-day Reading Reconsidered workshop facilitated by Doug Lemov (author of Teach like a Champion), Erica Woolway and Maggie Johnson from Uncommon Schools. The workshop aimed to provide teachers with the tools to deliver high quality literacy teaching and help drive results. We sat down with Doug, Erica and Maggie to talk about their new techniques for teaching reading, many of which we will be implementing in Ark schools.
Next up in our series of Ark teacher blogs, Jonelle Monte, Deputy Head Teacher at Ark Bentworth Primary Academy, discusses the challenges and triumphs she has faced in her first year of leadership.
Little over a year ago, I was a Year 6 teacher at Ark Bentworth - 12 months later and I’m about to begin my second year as Deputy Head. I always aspired to be a leader but never expected it to happen in such a short space of time.
Comparative judgement is an approach where teachers are presented with pairs of student work. They are asked to choose which of the two is better.
After several teachers’ judgements are made, an algorithm uses these judgements to provide a score for each student. Ark is piloting this approach with the help of Dr Christopher Wheadon, the founder of No More Marking, an online comparative judgement engine.
In the first of our new series of blogs from teachers across the Ark network, we hear from Tom Sawbridge, Assistant Principal at Ark Academy. Here, Tom discusses building character amongst sixth formers using a tool of his own design, the Ark Diploma.
I’m Tom Sawbridge, Assistant Principal (Sixth Form) at Ark Academy in Wembley, West London. When I joined in September 2015, I was put in charge of the personal development of our post-16 pupils.
Daisy Christodoulou, Head of Assessment at Ark, explains the new GCSE accountability measures and what they mean for schools.
As of summer 2016, schools in England are being judged by four new accountability measures.