Tuesday 2nd July 2013

"Despite initial clashes between parents and teachers towards the change, parent governor Sahel Ali said: "From the day we became an academy, there were massive changes. The level of education has improved, parents are 100 per cent satisfied, even those who opposed the changes agree it was worth doing." --The Fulham Chronicle, 1st July, 2013

Thursday 27th June 2013

ARK Schools is delighted to announce that the Phoenix Canberra Federation in Hammersmith will become an ARK primary academy in September and that current Headteacher, Michael O’ Grady, will continue as the new academy’s headteacher.

Wednesday 19th June 2013

ARK Schools is delighted to announce that Somers Park Primary School in Portsmouth is to join the network and reopen in September as ARK Ayrton Primary Academy. ARK Ayrton will be joining Charter Academy as part of the 27 strong, high achieving ARK Schools network.

Tuesday 18th June 2013

ARK Schools is delighted to announce the appointment of Bethan Thomas as headteacher designate of the new primary academy to open in September as the successor to Kensal Rise Primary School.

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.