Wednesday 4th December 2013

Lord Ian Livingston of Parkhead, the Minister of Trade and Investment and the former CEO of BT, delivered the fourth in our Reflections on Leadership lecture series at the University of London on 28 November.  Lord Livingston said that for him, leadership comes down to the very simple maxim: “Leaders make change happen.”
Bold in the face of adversity

Monday 2nd December 2013

On 9 December we will be holding a recruitment event to find great English, maths and science teachers.
The event, held at our central offices in London, will feature a panel of senior teachers and leaders from across our network, including Jerry Collins, the Principal of the new ARK John Keats Academy.  They will discuss what principals look for in outstanding teachers, their experiences of teaching at an ARK School as well as what “outstanding” looks like in practice.

Monday 2nd December 2013

Over 70 pupils from six ARK schools took part in mock trials, case reviews and networked with practicing lawyers, barristers and legal executives at a Legal Professions Careers Information Day at the Law Society in London on 22 November. Pupils from Ark, ARK Putney, Burlington Danes, Evelyn Grace, Helenswood and Walworth academies were able to ask questions in workshops, over lunch and at panel sessions hosted by leading legal professionals.

Saturday 30th November 2013

ARK schools fielded their best Year 8 mathematicians at the annual ARK Maths Challenge in November, this year hosted by Ark Academy in Wembley.
Students competed in four challenging rounds of individual and team tasks aptly named swimming, boxing, marathon and relay in recognition of the different skillsets used in each.

Thursday 28th November 2013

For the past two years, ARK has been working with the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) to control diarrhoea, one of the leading causes of death in children. Piloting in Lusaka Province, our three-year programme aims to halve diarrhoeal deaths and reduce overall child mortality by 15% through a combination of prevention and treatment.

Tuesday 26th November 2013

ARK Schools is delighted to announce that Isaac Newton Academy in Redbridge has appointed Tam Broadway as the founding head teacher of its new primary academy which opens alongside the existing Isaac Newton Academy in September 2014.

Monday 25th November 2013

Drive for Literacy, run jointly by ARK Schools and the Driver Youth Trust, supports pupils who need extra help with reading and writing. Working across several ARK schools, the programme helps teachers to identify children with dyslexia and give them the support they need.

Friday 22nd November 2013

Ark Ayrton Primary Academy recently played host to author/poet Brian Moses, with two local schools joining pupils in years 1­-­6 to take part in special workshops run as part of Portsmouth BookFest 2013.
Brian used percussion instruments, different voices and movement to bring his poetry alive, kindly donating a signed copy of his first novel to Ark Ayrton. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed listening to his readings and were even able to join in with his poems.

Friday 22nd November 2013

Students from ARK Putney Academy have been solving engineering problems as part of their work experience with our corporate partner Bouygues UK, with their solutions to be incorporated into the design of the new ARK John Keats building.
Year 13 students Josh, Tyrell and Emira spent their half-term holiday designing stairs and working on database analytics.
Tetris in real life

Thursday 21st November 2013

Last week, ARK and our partner PEAS hosted a delegation of senior Ministry of Education officials from Uganda and Zambia. The group came together for an ARK-hosted workshop on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) for education, where we discussed the rationale for the policy, its potential scope as well as important principles that policy makers should bear in mind when designing new education frameworks. Experts from ARK Schools ran specialist sessions on legal, financial, human resources and infrastructure issues to answer the group's technical questions.