Ark has 35 schools in its network as of September 2016, including an increasing number of primary schools.
The following academies are currently in development:
- Ark Bayes, Croydon
We have been working with Croydon Council and the Education Funding Agency to develop a three-form entry primary school to answer the need for primary places in the borough. Ark Bayes Primary Academy will form strong links with Ark Oval Primary Academy, located a short walk away. The schools will work closely together to share resources and educational expertise to provide excellent educational opportunities for families in the area.
- Ark Blake, Croydon
Also expanding Ark’s South London cluster of schools will be Ark Blake Academy, a secondary school located a few hundred metres from Ark Oval in Croydon. Croydon Council has identified a significant need for secondary places in the coming years and Ark Blake Academy will provide six additional forms of entry to answer this need. The school will work closely with Ark Oval and Ark Bayes (once opened). Pupils from the two primary schools will be guaranteed a place at Ark Blake Academy.
- Castledown Primary
The stakeholder consultation with Castledown Primary School to join the Ark network concluded on 1 March. Confirmation about the transition will now be determined by the Regional Schools Commissioner.
- Ark Pioneer, Barnet
Ark Pioneer Academy is an all-through school for 3-19-year-olds being developed on the former Underhill Stadium site, which was the home of Barnet FC until the team relocated in 2013. The school will be non-denominational and non-selective, serving the local community. Designs for the school have been developed alongside an expert architectural and construction team, and we look forward to developing a brilliant school that the local community will be proud of.
- Ark Somerville, Brent
Ark Somerville Primary Academy will be a new three-form entry school in Wembley. Close to two Ark secondary schools – Ark Academy and Ark Elvin – the school is due to open near Wembley stadium and adjacent to York House. We are currently in the process of designing the new school building to be ready to submit for planning later in the year.
- Ark Soane, Ealing
Ark Soane Academy is a new six-form entry secondary school and Sixth Form which is due to open on the site of Acton College, Ealing. The site will be home to residential blocks and the school. The design process for the school has begun and will be working with architects to create a wonderful new building, which will open in 2019.
The London Borough of Ealing has a significant need for new, high quality secondary school places. This is particularly true in Ealing and Acton, where the new academy will draw its students from. Ark Soane Academy will join our wider West London cluster of schools with close links to Ark Priory Primary Academy and Ark Byron Primary Academy, both of which are located in Acton.