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Thursday 4th April 2013

On 27 March, Evelyn Grace Academy left the fourth annual ARK Schools Spelling Bee with the Champion’s Shield. They proved that their team were the best spellers by accumulating the most points across various spelling challenges throughout the day.
An Evelyn Grace student said: “To practice, my mum read words out (she pronounced them wrong) and I had to figure out what it was and spell it anyway!”

Thursday 28th March 2013

Jerry Collins, principal designate of ARK John Keats Academy in Enfield, discusses the challenges and opportunities he faces opening a new school in a short video interview. “It’s not very often one gets the opportunity to work in a school that is starting from scratch,” says Mr Collins, “one that has a vision for children that is going to transform their lives.”
ARK John Keats Academy will be a new all through academy for children from 4 - 18. Its primary school will open in Bell Lane, Enfield in September 2013.

Wednesday 27th March 2013

ARK Putney Academy has been graded good in all four categories in its first Ofsted inspection - an exceptional achievement in just six months. Ofsted said that ARK Putney “is a well-led academy” whose students' progress by the end of year 11 exceeds the national average.

Monday 18th March 2013

Last year ARK Schools launched Mathematics Mastery, a new approach to maths teaching and learning for primary and secondary schools. Drawing on good practice from ARK, the UK and abroad (in particular Singapore, which regularly leads international league tables), the programme seeks to address England’s under-achievement in maths by using a more focused approach to teaching.
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Friday 15th March 2013

On 1 March, seven young apprentices from Isaac Newton Academy Ilford took part in an airline-themed business challenge at top international consultancy firm Oliver Wyman. Students were tasked with choosing a new destination for a struggling airline; developing a marketing strategy and advertising campaign, and increasing profit margins by creating a new in-flight menu.

Thursday 14th March 2013

ARK Schools is pleased to announce the appointments of Helen Thurston as head teacher of ARK Rose Primary Academy in Birmingham and Amy Baird as primary head of school designate of ARK John Keats Academy in Enfield, which opens this September. Announcing the appointments ARK Schools’ Director of Education, Sophy Blakeway, said:  “We are delighted that Helen Thurston and Amy Baird have been appointed to lead ARK Rose and ARK John Keats Primaries. Both heads bring excellent track records to their new roles and are enthusiastic and highly skilled school leaders."
 

Wednesday 13th March 2013

On 7 March at Chitungwiza Central Hospital in Zimbabwe, Health and Child Welfare Deputy Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora joined ARK's Chief Executive, Lucy Heller, to launch a programme to save the lives of  Zimbabwe's mothers and babies.
The Safe Arrivals programme, in which ARK has invested £1.5 million, aims to radically improve maternal and newborn survival rates by training frontline health workers and installing cost-effective, life-saving equipment in hospitals.

Wednesday 6th March 2013

On 5 March, ARK Schools launched the Reflections on Leadership series with a lecture and Q&A by former Foreign Secretary and Schools Minister, the Rt Hon David Miliband MP. Hosted by the University of London and introduced by Professor Sir Adrian Smith, the event is part of ARK Schools’ wider leadership development programme, which is designed to inspire current and future school leaders.

Monday 4th March 2013

Friday, 1 March was "National Offer Day" for secondary schools, when parents find out the school to which their child has been allocated.  ARK Schools offered 1,920 Year 7 places at 13 academies for this September, including at ARK All Saints in Camberwell, the founding year group of the new academy. In total our academies were nearly four times oversubscribed. 

Thursday 24th January 2013

The Department for Education today confirmed ARK Schools’ sixth GCSE results, covering the five ARK academies which had a GCSE cohort in 2011/12. Since each school opened as an ARK academy the average annual increase in pupils achieving five GCSEs at A*-C including English and mathematics is 6.6 percentage points.
The DFE data confirms that 56% of ARK pupils achieved five A*-C grades including English and maths in 2012, compared with an average of 19% in the predecessor schools seven years ago.

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