Wednesday 12th June 2013

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Schools in England gave the third ARK Schools Reflections on Leadership lecture. A moving, humorous, thoughtful and self deprecating discussion, he recounted the experiences, key questions and personal opportunities of his 45 year career in education.
He began by congratulating King Solomon Academy on their recent Ofsted inspection and their leadership team’s success in focusing on better leadership, governance and teaching as a means to better serve their pupils.

Friday 7th June 2013

(Pictured, William Parker Academy Principal Designate Mark Phillips, and Lucy Monk, Helenswood Headteacher)
ARK Schools welcomes two new Hastings schools into its ranks, marking the network’s expansion into its fourth metropolitan area, joining academies in London, Birmingham and Portsmouth.

Wednesday 5th June 2013

Ofsted inspectors have rated King Solomon Academy in North Westminster outstanding in every category for a second time. ARK Schools opened the primary academy just five and a half years ago, adding a secondary school in 2009. Reporting on the two-day inspection in May, the inspectors said: “The academy’s mission, ‘To provide a rigorous and transformational education that prepares our pupils for success at university and beyond’ has become a reality at this outstanding academy.”

Tuesday 4th June 2013

ARK Schools is delighted to announce the appointment of Alison Downey as the new Principal of ARK Putney Academy. Ms Downey will assume the leadership of the academy, recently rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, from September.

Monday 3rd June 2013

All four of ARK’s recent free school applications have been approved by the Secretary of State for Education.
Over the next two years, the following schools will join the network:

Monday 20th May 2013

The one thing my postgraduate teacher training course had simply not prepared me for was that more than a third of my first class of seven and eight year-olds might not be reading and writing with any degree of confidence.

Friday 17th May 2013

ARK Schools today announced the appointment of Mark Phillips as principal designate of the proposed new William Parker Academy which ARK anticipates opening in Hastings in September. Mr Phillips is a respected school leader who is presently the principal of ARK Putney Academy in Wandsworth.

Tuesday 30th April 2013

John McCarthy, journalist, writer and broadcaster, took to the stage before an audience of ARK Schools’ head teachers and senior leadership teams in the second of our Reflections on Leadership series. For over an hour, he held the audience’s full attention as he discussed the values and qualities that helped him to survive more than five years in captivity, following his kidnapping by Islamic Jihad in Lebanon in 1986.

Monday 22nd April 2013

Amitav Virmani, Country Director of ARK India, recently chaired a press conference in Delhi to mark the third anniversary of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE).

Thursday 4th April 2013

On 27 March, Evelyn Grace Academy left the fourth annual ARK Schools Spelling Bee with the Champion’s Shield. They proved that their team were the best spellers by accumulating the most points across various spelling challenges throughout the day.
An Evelyn Grace student said: “To practice, my mum read words out (she pronounced them wrong) and I had to figure out what it was and spell it anyway!”