Thursday 18th July 2013

ARK Conway Primary School in Hammersmith has been graded outstanding in every category by Ofsted, the first Free School to secure the highest rating from Her Majesty’s Inspectors. The school was commended for its “high quality teaching that inspires and motivates all pupils to try their very best.”

Friday 5th July 2013

ARK Schools is delighted to announce that Laura Stone, Head of Humanities at Burlington Danes Academy in Hammersmith, London, has been named “Inspirational Teacher of the Year” at the 2013 Times Educational Supplement Awards, held on 05 July.

Thursday 4th July 2013

On 3 July, we staged our biggest Music Gala yet at the Barbican in London. More than 500 pupils from our 18 school network took part in the highlight of our year. Jubilant at their performance and the audience reaction, pupils as young as five showed few nerves as they performed pieces from Elgar to Rihanna to a packed auditorium. Highlights included an energetic horn section performance of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” by Isaac Newton and Walworth Academies, prompting a standing ovation.

Tuesday 2nd July 2013

Middle Row Primary School, which is to become an ARK academy in September, has won glowing praise from Ofsted and been rated a good school in its latest report from her majesty's inspectors of schools. The north Kensington primary school was rated good in every area of the inspection, for achievement, teaching, behaviour and safety, and leadership and management. The inspectors said that: "All groups of pupils achieve well because teaching is good overall and some is outstanding."

Tuesday 2nd July 2013

"Despite initial clashes between parents and teachers towards the change, parent governor Sahel Ali said: "From the day we became an academy, there were massive changes. The level of education has improved, parents are 100 per cent satisfied, even those who opposed the changes agree it was worth doing." --The Fulham Chronicle, 1st July, 2013

Thursday 27th June 2013

ARK Schools is delighted to announce that the Phoenix Canberra Federation in Hammersmith will become an ARK primary academy in September and that current Headteacher, Michael O’ Grady, will continue as the new academy’s headteacher.

Wednesday 19th June 2013

ARK Schools is delighted to announce that Somers Park Primary School in Portsmouth is to join the network and reopen in September as ARK Ayrton Primary Academy. ARK Ayrton will be joining Charter Academy as part of the 27 strong, high achieving ARK Schools network.

Tuesday 18th June 2013

ARK Schools is delighted to announce the appointment of Bethan Thomas as headteacher designate of the new primary academy to open in September as the successor to Kensal Rise Primary School.

Wednesday 12th June 2013

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Schools in England gave the third ARK Schools Reflections on Leadership lecture. A moving, humorous, thoughtful and self deprecating discussion, he recounted the experiences, key questions and personal opportunities of his 45 year career in education.
He began by congratulating King Solomon Academy on their recent Ofsted inspection and their leadership team’s success in focusing on better leadership, governance and teaching as a means to better serve their pupils.

Friday 7th June 2013

(Pictured, William Parker Academy Principal Designate Mark Phillips, and Lucy Monk, Helenswood Headteacher)
ARK Schools welcomes two new Hastings schools into its ranks, marking the network’s expansion into its fourth metropolitan area, joining academies in London, Birmingham and Portsmouth.