Wednesday 13th March 2013

On 7 March at Chitungwiza Central Hospital in Zimbabwe, Health and Child Welfare Deputy Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora joined ARK's Chief Executive, Lucy Heller, to launch a programme to save the lives of  Zimbabwe's mothers and babies.
The Safe Arrivals programme, in which ARK has invested £1.5 million, aims to radically improve maternal and newborn survival rates by training frontline health workers and installing cost-effective, life-saving equipment in hospitals.

Wednesday 6th March 2013

On 5 March, ARK Schools launched the Reflections on Leadership series with a lecture and Q&A by former Foreign Secretary and Schools Minister, the Rt Hon David Miliband MP. Hosted by the University of London and introduced by Professor Sir Adrian Smith, the event is part of ARK Schools’ wider leadership development programme, which is designed to inspire current and future school leaders.

Monday 4th March 2013

Friday, 1 March was "National Offer Day" for secondary schools, when parents find out the school to which their child has been allocated.  ARK Schools offered 1,920 Year 7 places at 13 academies for this September, including at ARK All Saints in Camberwell, the founding year group of the new academy. In total our academies were nearly four times oversubscribed. 

Thursday 24th January 2013

The Department for Education today confirmed ARK Schools’ sixth GCSE results, covering the five ARK academies which had a GCSE cohort in 2011/12. Since each school opened as an ARK academy the average annual increase in pupils achieving five GCSEs at A*-C including English and mathematics is 6.6 percentage points.
The DFE data confirms that 56% of ARK pupils achieved five A*-C grades including English and maths in 2012, compared with an average of 19% in the predecessor schools seven years ago.

Thursday 10th January 2013

The Financial Times has analysed the relative performance of different academy groups in raising the attainment of children with low, middle and high prior attainment when they come to secondary school. The FT has conducted a detailed analysis and concluded that ARK academies have the greatest success in raising the attainment of those pupils who start secondary school furthest behind.

Thursday 10th January 2013

ARK Schools is consulting on an amendment to the admissions policies for each of the schools within the ARK Schools network, for September 2014 intake. The admissions policies and the proposed amendments can be viewed online at each respective school website. Links to ARK Schools websites can be found here.
Comments on the proposed amendments to the policies should be submitted either by email to 

Friday 21st December 2012

ARK Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Jerry Collins as principal designate of the new ARK all through academy to open in Enfield in September 2013.

Wednesday 12th December 2012

Two outstanding ARK academies, King Solomon in Westminster and St Albans in Birmingham, were centre stage in a BBC Radio 4 programme, "Inside the Academy Revolution," made by The Guardian's Zoe Williams.
In the programme, Ms Williams heard how high expectations of every child, a culture of hard work and good behaviour all help to raise achievement dramatically. Parents, pupils and teachers said how much they valued their schools and how much they'd achieved.

Thursday 29th November 2012

At an event attended by 75 representatives of government and non-governmental partners, ARK marked the handover of our HIV care and treatment programme, which has improved the lives of more than 36,000 children.
"We are confident that ARK's impact will be felt for a long time, especially when we know that they are leaving better access, better quality and better care at lower cost for adults and children living with HIV/AIDS ," said Dr. António Assane, Mozambique's Director of National Medical Assistance.  

Thursday 15th November 2012

Last week, ARK India Country Director Amitav Virmani co-hosted a private dinner in Delhi for UN Special Envoy (and former UK Prime Minister) Gordon Brown and Sarah Brown, Chair of the Executive Board of the Global Business Coalition (GBC) for Education.