Ark Kings students with solar panel
Friday 19th April 2024

Two Ark schools in Birmingham are the first to benefit from a new partnership between National Grid Electricity Distribution and Solar for Schools.
Ark Victoria Academy and Ark Kings Academy have both been fitted with new solar panels. The installations were part-funded through a grant from National Grid, which has pledged £2.7m of investment by 2028 to help schools reach net zero goals.

Tina Alexandrou
Monday 15th April 2024

The Ark Schools Board has announced the appointment of Tina Alexandrou as its new Chair. Tina succeeds Paul Marshall, one of Ark’s founders, who indicated earlier in the year his intention to step down from the Ark Schools Board to focus on other philanthropic and business commitments.

Tuesday 26th March 2024

The music charity Restore the Music has announced £40,000 of funding for musical instruments and equipment at three Ark schools.
Ark Kings Academy will receive £20,000, while Ark Tindal Primary Academy and Ark Globe Academy will receive £10,000 each.

Lucy Heller
Monday 25th March 2024

This article was written by Ark CEO Lucy Heller, originally published in Schools Week on Friday 22 March 2024.
Among the many challenges facing the next government, one of the biggest and most immediate for the sector will be ensuring there are enough good teachers. We need to recruit great people into the profession and we need to ensure they stay.

Joseph Coelho
Friday 15th March 2024

A highlight in the school calendar, World Book Day always brings our staff and students together to celebrate a love of reading.
This year, Ark was delighted to welcome Children's Laureate, Joseph Coelho.
Coelho, an Ark Putney alumnus, started the day by reciting one of his poems and answering questions from students.

Ark White City
Tuesday 19th December 2023

Ark primaries have placed top among the country’s multi-academy trusts, following the publication of national standardised tests (SATs) for Key Stage 2.
Across the network, 75 percent of pupils achieved the expected standard or above in reading, writing, and maths – surpassing the national average of 59 percent by 16 percentage points. A third of our primary schools ranked in the top 10% nationally for combined outcomes.
These achievements are particularly noteworthy, considering Ark serves one of the highest proportions of disadvantaged pupils among academy trusts.

Lucy Heller
Friday 15th December 2023

This article was written by Ark CEO Lucy Heller, originally published on the Financial Times on Saturday 9 December 2023.

Ark Walworth at UKSA
Tuesday 28th November 2023

We know that our schools and the families they serve are at the forefront of the cost-of-living crisis, and that tight budgets mean extra activities and improvements are often sacrificed. Where we can, we are working with funders, partners and volunteers to ensure our schools continue to be dynamic and enriching spaces for students to enjoy every day.

Isaac Newton Academy
Monday 20th November 2023

The hard work and high aspirations of students and staff across Ark are reflected in the final destinations data for 2023 school leavers.
An impressive 83 percent of our Year 13 graduates accepted a place at university, compared to 64 percent nationally in 2022.
Furthermore, 47 percent of all Key Stage 5 leavers have gone on to study at a top third university. This means that Ark students are at least three times more likely to progress to top third providers compared to students nationally.

Friday 10th November 2023

Students and staff across the Ark network paused at 11am today to mark Remembrance Day. Our schools in Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth participated in two minutes of silence to honour fallen soldiers. In their special assemblies, schools also reflected through poetry readings, musical performances and the laying of wreaths.