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Giving Tuesday - thank you
Tuesday 30th November 2021

Today, Ark joins #GivingTuesday 2021, the global day of generosity, and this year we’re reflecting on how funding supported young children and families (30th November).

Raheem Sterling at Elvin
Wednesday 17th November 2021

England and Manchester City star Raheem Sterling this week returned to Ark Elvin Academy, his former secondary school in Wembley in London, to launch his new Foundation.
The Raheem Sterling Foundation will focus its work on supporting young people in London, Manchester and Kingston, Jamaica, his birthplace. He was joined at the school by his mum, Nadine, and former coach, Clive Ellington, and unveiled the Foundation’s official plaque and charter at the school.

Remembrance day, 2021
Thursday 11th November 2021

Today, Ark’s 39 schools in Birmingham, Hastings, London, and Portsmouth honoured those who served to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life.
For Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day, each school held an assembly that included a two-minute silence to remember those who have died in wars around the world.

WLP consultation
Monday 1st November 2021

Over the past few years, there has been a growing oversupply of primary places in Hammersmith and Fulham. The borough currently has an oversupply at Reception level of nearly 20% – 8% higher than the London average.

Monday 18th October 2021

Leading researcher Dr Susan McGrath and Sarah Taunton, Head of Programme for Professional Pathways at Ark, shared key findings and recommendations from a three-year research project evaluating Ark’s post-16 vocational programme at today’s launch event. 
Fulfilling the potential of BTEC learners: the Ark Professional Pathways programme’ includes qualitative and quantitative research involving more than 700 Ark students to assess the success of the Professional Pathway programme.  

Boulton school and Principal Herminder Channa
Monday 11th October 2021

Ark Boulton Academy in Sparkhill, south Birmingham, is now one of only two secondary schools in England to have achieved the School of Character Kitemark Plus.

Ark Acton pupil Zaniya playing lacrosse
Wednesday 6th October 2021

Ark Acton Academy has introduced new compulsory weekly sports sessions and its students are reaping the benefits of increased morale, lower post-pandemic anxiety and greater focus.
Along with a new range of optional clubs at lunchtime and before and after school, all of Year 8 and Year 10’s students now have a compulsory weekly sports session, alongside their regular PE lessons.

Monday 4th October 2021

The first Year 7 students started at Ark Soane Academy, our brand-new non-selective school in Acton last month.
The first phase of the school’s buildings are complete and students are enjoying the facilities on offer. 
178 students joined the new school in September, including Hudayfah Malik, Retadj Amrane, and Younis Ali. 

Friday 1st October 2021

Ofsted inspectors have praised Ark Alexandra Academy’s positive progress and said, “Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action in order for the school to become a good school”.
The school’s current Ofsted rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ was conducted in 2017 when it was known as Ark William Parker Academy.
Since merging with Ark Helenswood and becoming Ark Alexandra in 2019, the school has rapidly improved, which was noted on 13th July 2021 when Ofsted last visited as part of its monitoring schedule.

Friday 3rd September 2021

Many of our schools have made the most of the summer to help students catch up. Along with a focus on literacy and numeracy, students have embarked on a range of adventures. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with many students feeling much more positively towards school as a result of activities over the summer. We spoke to some of our headteachers and principals to find out how their summer schools went.

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