Friday 13th March 2015

“Maths can be fun,” says Ian Davies, holding an empty pint glass. Ian is the Director of Curriculum for the Mathematics Mastery programme. He’s on a mission to change the way people learn about maths. “Quite often people think maths is a scary, horrible subject, because they’ve haven’t been given a good understanding of it. Pi day is a chance to celebrate some of the fun things about maths.”

Two students at Ark Kings Academy
Thursday 26th February 2015

Plans for a new school building were unveiled last night at ARK Kings Academy in Kings Norton, Birmingham.  The event was attended by local Councillors, members of the local community, and the Prospective Conservative MP for Northfield, Rachel Maclean.  The new building is part of the government funded Midlands Priority Schools Building Programme and work will begin this summer.

Thursday 26th February 2015

Artwork produced by students across the Ark network have been auctioned alongside works by big names like Henry Moore and David Hockney in an event organised by Bank of America Merill Lynch.

Ark Putney students at royal holloway
Monday 23rd February 2015

Ark Putney Academy is celebrating winning a £5,000 Pupil Premium Award after the school was named as one of the top schools in the country for helping disadvantaged students achieve good GCSE results.
As well as achieving great results, GCSE results rose last year despite a national drop, Ark Putney is aware that students need more than just academic success in order to achieve their potential.

Maths Mastery
Friday 13th February 2015

A new independent report from the independent Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) demonstrates the success of the Mathematics Mastery programme. Carried out by academics from Cambridge University and the Institute of Education, the data indicates that the programme may have the potential to halve the attainment gap with high performing countries in the far East.

Thursday 12th February 2015

Masterly musicians and skilled singers from across the Ark network filled some of East London’s biggest performance venues with music as they took part in Ark’s ‘Sing into Spring’.
‘Sing into Spring’ saw students from 18 primary and secondary schools in the network take part in the event at Stratford Old Town Hall, Theatre Royal Stratford, and Stratford Circus.
Performing contemporary pieces like Laura Mvula’s ‘Sing to the moon’ alongside traditional English and African folk songs, the students later met in the Town Hall to take part in a musical closing ceremony.

Monday 9th February 2015

Southwark MP and Justice Minister Simon Hughes visited Ark Globe Academy to congratulate the high-performing school on their work ensuring all pupils reach their potential.
Mr Hughes congratulated Ark Globe Academy on winning a £5,000 Pupil Premium Award after the school was named as one of the top schools in the country for helping disadvantaged students achieve good GCSEs results.

Friday 6th February 2015

Last summer five Ark teachers were given the opportunity to travel to Uganda and South Africa to teach alongside colleagues working to improve education in sub-Saharan Africa.

Monday 2nd February 2015

The Guardian newspaper has praised St Alban’s Academy in Birmingham, calling it a ‘school that unites faiths’, after staff and students worked to create an inclusive and tolerant atmosphere in the community.

Thursday 29th January 2015

Ark has defied the national drop in GCSE results this year, with another improved set of scores, making us one of the strongest school groups in the country.
The proportion of Ark students getting 5 A*-C GCSE grades including maths and English rose from 57% to 59% in our 11 secondary schools. Nationally, the percentage of students achieving the same measure fell from 60.6% to 56.6%. Ark was also the only one of the 10 largest academy networks to see its GCSE results improve this year.