Latest blogs

Ark Music at Conway Hall
Wednesday 25th January 2023

Music plays a vibrant role in the life of Ark’s schools. Designed to build confidence, ability and harness a life-long love of a variety of music, the Ark Music Programme offers a wealth of experience for all students at all levels. Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated team of music teachers, we’ve seen creative and talented musical communities develop across our network. The subject has grown in popularity, so much so that approximately eleven percent of Ark students take music at GCSE, compared to just five percent nationally.

Little Village baby bank
Wednesday 25th January 2023

Ark has joined forces with Little Village, Baby Bank Network Bristol, and Save the Children to develop and support a network for more than 200 local baby banks operating across the UK.
Aisha Washington, Ark Venture Partner, explains how the network will support the UK baby banks that act as lifelines to thousands of families by providing clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children.

Sixth Form conference
Wednesday 21st December 2022

Our Sixth Form and Destinations team helps our students to achieve the results they need for the university or career of their choice. They work with partners to give students access to incredible resources and organise conferences, webinars and workshops.
Sarah Taunton, our Head of Programmes, shares what the team has been up to this term and their exciting plans for 2023.

Ark Greenwich
Wednesday 30th November 2022

Ark Greenwich Free School Principal, Rhys Spiers, has spoken of his pride in the children, staff and parent community as it now ranks in the top 1% of state schools nationally following exceptional Progress 8 scores. He shares the school's journey to this success.

Tuesday 29th November 2022

This Giving Tuesday is a time to show support for the causes we care about and, for Ark, a moment to celebrate the generosity of our partners and donors.
Holly Mumford, Ark's Head of Development, reflects on the progress and successes we've seen thanks to this fantastic support.

Ellie Whitehorn
Friday 25th November 2022

Ellie Whitehorn joined Ark in March 2020 as Network Lead for Primary English. She is also a governor at Ark Franklin, holding the Safeguarding Link Governor role. As part of our #ArkPeople series, we asked Ellie to tell us about her varied role and the strategies in place to support teachers get the best from their children.

GSF Fellowship in Kenya
Thursday 24th November 2022

The Global Schools Forum (GSF) and Ark Fellowship programme was launched to help foster peer learning and professional development for Ark staff and some of GSF’s member organisations.

Ark Start
Wednesday 23rd November 2022

Katie Oliver, formerly Ark's Director of Operations, now heads up Ark Start, our pilot programme to broaden and extend work in early years education. The first nursery at Ark John Archer opened in 2020 and the second at Ark Oval in 2021. With expansion plans in the pipeline, Katie updates us on how our young learners are doing and on campaign work.

Elesha Miller
Monday 31st October 2022

With 18 years of experience within Education, Elesha Miller, Operations Director and a senior leadership team member, leads a great operations and support team at Ark Walworth Academy. Elesha's story is part of our Black History Month feature and is the latest in our #ArkPeople series.
From south London to LSE

Quenelle Forbes
Thursday 27th October 2022

Quenelle Forbes graduated from our Ark Teacher Training programme last year. An English teacher, she shares her passion for the subject and love of reading with students at Ark Academy. We spoke to Quenelle during Black History Month,.as part of our #ArkPeople series.
Getting into teaching
I did an undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy and my Masters in Business Intelligence and Digital Marketing. I also love writing and have been running a blog since 2015.

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