Today it has been announced that an all-through school in Birmingham previously known as Perry Beeches V will be joining the Ark network in March 2018. Ark Victoria Academy will be an all-through school, serving families in the local community of Small Heath.
The name Ark Victoria was chosen by the headteachers because of its proximity to Small Heath Park, visited by Queen Victoria in 1887 where she was greeted by thousands of school children.
Gail Peyton, Ark’s Regional Director of Primary Education in Birmingham, said, "I have been working alongside the headteachers, staff and trustees at Perry Beeches V for several months and have been particularly impressed with their integrity and commitment to the pupils and families that they serve. They have remained focussed on the pupils’ education and have worked together with us to ensure that the transition to Ark is smooth.
We are delighted that Perry Beeches V will be joining our family of schools in March and we look forward to continuing to provide a high quality all-through education for the families of Small Heath."
Like the predecessor school, Ark Victoria will remain non-selective, non-denominational and mixed. Current pupils and staff will automatically transfer to the new school on 1 March 2018.
Ark has also today begun a consultation to amalgamate Perry Beeches V with its neighbouring school, Ark Chamberlain Primary Academy, to create a four form-entry, all-through school serving the families of Small Heath. If approved, the schools will amalgamate on 1 September 2018 under the name Ark Victoria Academy.