Latest blogs

Joycelyn Thompson
Monday 6th November 2023

During Black History Month, the 2023 theme of 'Saluting our sisters' prompted conversations across the network about the incredible black women who motivate and inspire us.
We spoke to Joycelyn Thompson, Head of Safeguarding at Ark, about her career journey and pioneering a new approach to safeguarding in multi-academy trusts. Her story is part of our #ArkPeople series.

Courtney Wilson
Thursday 26th October 2023

Courtney Wilson is a Co–Head of Department teaching English at Ark All Saints Academy. Here she shares her experience as a black educator. Her story is latest in our #ArkPeople series.
Teaching as a natural route

Sophie Bell
Friday 30th June 2023

Sophie Bell, Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at Ark John Keats in Enfield never imagined she would become a teacher.

Ark Music Gala Barbican Centre
Tuesday 30th May 2023

We have designed our Ark Music programme to provide students with a comprehensive musical education, incorporating two distinct strands of activities:

Judith Hunt
Wednesday 24th May 2023

Judith Hunt worked in the public sector for years before shifting to education. She shares some of her journey and why she loves working as Operations Director at Ark Victoria. Judith's story is part of our #ArkPeople series.
I'm originally from Preston, but our family moved to Birmingham when I was a teenager. My generation wasn't encouraged to do A levels or to attend university. Most of us finished school at 16 and got a job.

Ryan Critchlow
Monday 24th April 2023

Ryan Critchlow has 20 years of teaching experience and has been at Ark John Archer for nearly seven years. Being a maths teacher was not part of his life plan, but he's developed a real passion for it and has been encouraged to develop his skills in ways he never expected. His story is part of our #ArkPeople series.

Tuesday 18th April 2023

Our schools play a crucial role in shaping the lives and futures of young people. However, in recent years, many schools have faced significant financial challenges. The pandemic has only exacerbated these difficulties, with schools having to invest in additional measures to ensure the safety and well-being of their students. Therefore, it's become more critical than ever for schools to engage in fundraising efforts to support their students and maintain the quality of education they provide.

Thursday 30th March 2023

Amelia Watt, a Year 1 teacher and Inclusion Lead at Ark John Archer Primary, has always been interested in children’s development. She reflects on the impact of the lockdown on children, how the school helped children recover, and their focus on reading. Amelia’s story is part of our #ArkPeople series.

International Womens Day
Wednesday 8th March 2023

As the world celebrates Women's History Month and International Women's Day 2023, it's important to reflect on women's strides towards gender equality and acknowledge the work that still needs to be done. We spoke with some fantastic women working across the Ark network who shared their inspirations, stories and reflections on the role of women in their life and what this day means to them.

Hannah Schofield-Newton
Friday 3rd March 2023

Hannah Schofield-Newton is a Year 2 class teacher and part of the senior leadership team at Ark Atwood Primary. We spoke to her about her work as the Network Lead for Early Reading and why it’s essential for children to foster a love of reading from an early age. Hannah’s story is part of our #ArkPeople series.