ARK Schools today reported the network’s seventh GCSE results for the eight ARK academies which have GCSE students. Across the network, 58% of pupils achieved five A*-C grades including English and mathematics, with attainment in both English and mathematics outperforming national attainment. Across the network:
- 65% of students achieved A*-C in English (national attainment 63.6%) with 31% achieving A*-B
- 75% of students achieved A*-C in mathematics (national 57.6%) with 39% achieving A*-B
- 71% of students made three levels of progress between KS2 and KS4 in English (national 2012, 69%)
- 78% of students made three levels of progress between KS2 and KS4 in mathematics (national 2012, 70%)
ARK’s aim is that all its students will have a choice at 18 of going on to university. That means moving schools to an increasingly academically rigorous curriculum. All but one ARK academy reported growth in the number of students achieving the English Baccalaureate standard of five GCSEs at A*-C including English, maths, a humanity, a modern language and a science, with 37% of Burlington Danes students achieving this standard and 19% at St Albans Academy in Birmingham and Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton.