Latest blogs

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.

Wednesday 1st March 2023

Laura Stone is Vice Principal for Culture and Ethos at Ark Putney. She also worked in Ark's Central team before returning to the classroom. Here, she shares her experiences working in different positions across the network. Laura's story is part of our #ArkPeople series.
From the classroom to the office

Girls on Track
Friday 10th February 2023

We're celebrating International Day of Girls and Women in Science by looking at the work Ark is doing to broaden the horizons and raise the aspirations of young girls to develop a passion for the sciences.
This blog comes from Erika Nabeshima, Project Lead for Primary Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.

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.