Thursday 13th July 2023

According to the latest Department of Education data, Ark primary schools collectively surpassed the national average for key stage 2 by 16 percentage points. 
Across the network, 75 percent of pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, compared to 59 percent nationally. While the national figures have remained static compared to 2022, our schools have built on the success of last year and raised outcomes by a further two percentage points.   

Pride month at Ark 2023
Wednesday 28th June 2023

The spirit of Pride took full effect this month at Ark, with rainbow flags, vibrant banners and posters of LGBTQ+ icons on display around the central office. We also hosted activities including a panel discussion on LGBTQ+ issues, aimed at raising awareness and promoting understanding.
The Ark community values diversity and inclusivity. We believe it's vital that we create a safe and welcoming environment for all our students and staff, irrespective of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Ark central Windrush celebrations
Thursday 22nd June 2023

As the UK marks the 75th anniversary of the Windrush, the Ark network also took a moment to appreciate the contributions and sacrifices made by the Windrush generation.
Our schools showed a film featuring the experiences of those who travelled on the ship and what that choice has meant for their families. The film included historical extracts, interviews and narration from King Solomon Academy and Ark Byron students.

EdCity number one topping out
Tuesday 30th May 2023

On 24 May, there was a chance to mark the progress on the office building that will soon be transformed into Number One EdCity, the future home of Ark. To commemorate the completion of the structural elements of the building, EdCity partners and stakeholders gathered on the rooftop to drill the final board into place.

Ark Ventures
Monday 3rd April 2023

There are some important changes coming at Ark. Since our foundation in 2002, innovation and entrepreneurship have been central to our approach.
We exist to make sure that all children, regardless of their background, have access to a great education and real choices in life. In seeking to close the gap for every child, education has been the driving force of our work over the last 20 years.

Wednesday 8th February 2023

We know that there are many talented pupils in our network of schools and that they will thrive with the pathways, support and guidance that are available to their more affluent peers. Ark’s scholarships programme is deliberate about unearthing talent and giving these young people the opportunity they would not otherwise have to develop their passions and compete in the real world.

Lucy Heller
Monday 6th February 2023

This article was written by Ark CEO Lucy Heller, originally published on the Financial Times on Saturday 4 February 2023.
Many of us in the education world had mixed feelings during the teachers’ strike on “Walkout Wednesday”. No one wants children to be missing out on school. But equally, it is hard not to sympathise with staff who have seen their pay fall by almost 15 per cent since 2010, while their job gets ever tougher, particularly in recent years.

Thursday 2nd February 2023

Extracurricular activities like sport hold benefits for students both in and outside the classroom. At Ark, we’re committed to giving all our students opportunities to participate in sports activities, and we are actively working to expand our provision.
Inaugural netball tournament

Athletics Championship 2022
Thursday 1st December 2022

Salesforce has pledged more than £600,000 over two years to enable Ark to provide extracurricular music and sports programmes to our 29,000 students.
Extracurricular activity and working outside the classroom can positively impact young people's prospects when they leave school.
Group activities, such as singing in a choir or playing on a sports team, help create a sense of belonging to a group, support social connectedness, and reduce loneliness.

Remembrance Day
Friday 11th November 2022

On Remembrance Day, Ark’s 39 schools came together to mark the moment.
Also known as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day marks the ceasefire that began at 11am on 11 November 1918 and brought an end to the fighting in the First World War. Since then, Remembrance continues to unite people across faiths, cultures, and backgrounds, honouring the personal sacrifices made by men and women, past and present, to protect the freedoms we have today.