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Monday 26th July 2021

Ark is advertising an opportunity for a member of Ark’s alumni community to join its Board of Trustees.
With its 39 schools, Ark is committed to improving the way it engages with students and the wider communities they serve.
Liz Dawson, Ark’s Director of Governance, says, “We’re looking for someone who will help bring a student voice to the Board’s discussions and decision-making and offer a unique and invaluable perspective to the wide range of issues we deal with.”

Friday 18th June 2021

Joseph Townsend trained with Ark Teacher Training (ATT) in 2014 and has never looked back. He shares his journey from leaving university and working abroad to training with ATT at Ark Atwood Primary Academy in West London, where he’s now Assistant Headteacher.

Monday 7th June 2021

Supporting the wellbeing of students is at the heart of Ark’s recovery plans. Here, one of our students, explains how lockdowns have affected her mental health.

Throughout the pandemic and beyond, Ark Schools are prioritising student wellbeing.

Wednesday 2nd June 2021

In September 2020, 180 Year 7 pupils began their secondary education at the new Ark Blake Academy in Croydon; over in West London, anticipation mounts as Ark Soane Academy in Acton will finally open to students this September. Ark Blake’s Principal Peter Shaw and Ark Soane’s new Principal Matt Neuberger talked to us about opening new schools in an unpredictable environment.

Friday 21st May 2021

Over the last year, our Ark Music team has used online spaces to connect arts education practitioners through a series of roundtable discussions, exploring relevant issues in the arts sector and bringing together teachers, freelancers, and Ark Schools alumni through reflective conversations.

Wednesday 19th May 2021

Nickael Briggs has been a teacher for eight years, working in schools in south London before joining Ark Acton Academy in 2018. She is the Assistant Principal, teaches Sociology and leads on Culture and Curriculum. This year, she was recognised in a list of the 100 most inspirational teachers in the UK by The Guardian newspaper and the Department for Education, which we highlighted in February.

Friday 30th April 2021

Schools will soon be faced with a choice that will determine how they offer teacher training and professional development for early career teachers’ first two years in school. Matt Dunne, Director of our Teaching School in South Birmingham, discusses how schools can save money and reduce workload by choosing the Full Induction Programme.

Monday 19th April 2021

Ark Start is our new early years education programme that has opened two new nurseries, one at Ark Oval Primary Academy in East Croydon and other at Ark John Archer Primary Academy in Battersea.

Friday 16th April 2021

Ark John Keats Academy (AJK) is an all-through school in Enfield educating 4-19-year-olds. The academy's primary phase opened in September 2013, and its secondary phase opened the following year. Olamide Ola-Said joined the school via Teach First in 2013, in its very first year, as a reception teacher, and as a founding member of the school.

Friday 12th March 2021

Lauren Thorpe, Ark’s Director of Strategy, explains how our digital strategy will help us move from lockdown crisis response to achieving a longer-term vision that will improve our students’ independent learning skills.