SPArk homepage on a laptop
Wednesday 6th April 2022

SPArk is Ark's new student-facing learning portal, which aims to enable more effective independent learning at home. The portal includes workbooks, videos, games and events for all subjects and year groups. We launched SPArk at the start of the pandemic to provide network-wide remote learning resources to students across all year groups. This accompanied the deployment of over 20,000 Chromebooks to enable our students to get online while at home.

Healthcare careers at Ark Walworth
Tuesday 5th April 2022

On Wednesday 23 March we held a medicine and healthcare careers fair at Ark Walworth Academy. Experts from more than 14 disciplines gave Ark students information about their jobs, and advice about working in the sector.
You can watch the highlights of the event here:

Ark Swift name the crane
Thursday 17th March 2022

Two Year 6 pupils from Ark Swift Primary Academy have chosen names for the gigantic cranes being used to construct their new school.
The building will open in September 2023 and bring together two Ark primary schools – Ark Swift and Ark Burlington Danes (BDA), creating a two-form entry school named Ark White City Primary Academy.

Ark Music Sing into Spring – Primary
Wednesday 16th March 2022

The Ark Music team recently held their annual celebration of singing, in preparation for the summer Music Gala at the Barbican Centre.
Sing into Spring brought together more than 400 Ark students and their teachers last month. Here’s a snapshot of what happened:

KSA students meet Chancellor Rishi Sunak
Wednesday 9th March 2022

A group of students from Ark’s King Solomon Academy (KSA) discussed careers in economics and politics at a memorable meeting with the Chancellor Rishi Sunak at the Treasury in Whitehall in London this week.
The special event was organised to mark International Women’s Day and the Year 10 and Year 12 female students took the opportunity to reflect their hopes for the future, their career aspirations, and how best to break down barriers faced by women.

Stephen Cowan and Lucy Heller
Wednesday 9th March 2022

Hammersmith & Fulham council leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan, and Ark chief executive, Lucy Heller, have hailed the £150m, not-for-profit regeneration of the EdCity site as “an exciting moment for the White City community and beyond”.
The two joined forces on Tuesday 8 March to mark the start of work to construct the new community facilities on the site, including a new Ark primary school, youth zone, affordable homes and office accommodation.

Wednesday 9th March 2022

Former Ark students can now apply for an Ark Teacher Training (ATT) grant to support their first years of training.
Students will be eligible to receive funds up to £3,000, paid over the three terms of their training year.
Ark Teacher Training is an ‘Outstanding’ school-based two-year Initial Teacher Training programme, where people train on the job and learn from a network of education experts. Trainees are based in a school from day one, engaging with children straight away.
Leila MacTavish, Head of Ark Teacher Training, said:

Ark Globe Matt Jones
Tuesday 8th March 2022

Ark Globe Academy is pleased to confirm that is has received a Good rating in their latest Ofsted report, with pupils saying they are proud to be part of the school.
The report published today said: “Pupils feel proud of the school”, adding that “Leaders have high aspirations for every pupil. Staff are united to achieve the school's mission statement, which is to prepare all pupils for university and to be leaders in their community.”

Wednesday 23rd February 2022

BTECs should be retained and continue to be properly funded as part of a range of post-16 options offered to students, according to Ark Schools in a position paper published today.

ArkTalks January 2022
Friday 4th February 2022

We held our first #ArkTalks event of the year last month, which looked at the recent comprehensive spending review and the settlement achieved for education.  
We were delighted that, once again, Times Columnist Rachel Sylvester chaired the event. She was joined by Luke Sibieta from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, who leads their annual report on education spending; Jonathan Simons, Partner and Head of the Education Practice at Public First; and Sam Freedman, Senior adviser to Ark and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government.