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Tuesday 8th February 2022

In 2022, Ark celebrates its 20th year. We’re using this anniversary as an opportunity to tell our story – where we’ve come from, and where we’re going in the future.
Ark has a diverse history of helping children, both in the UK and worldwide. We’ve dug through some of our archive footage, to show some of the varied work Ark has taken part in over the years, and to announce our 20-year celebration.

Monday 7th February 2022

At Ark, our mission is to help students reach their potential and we’re committed to helping young people into employment through as many career paths as possible.
Apprenticeships are a brilliant way to gain real-life experience and a chance for young people to apply what they are learning while getting paid. For employers, apprenticeships allow them to grow their talent in-house while offering practical experience alongside an education. 

Ark Music
Wednesday 2nd February 2022

Margaret O’Shea, Head of Creative and Extended Curriculum at Ark Schools, spoke at the Music Teachers Association event on Music in Multi-Academy Trusts on Thursday 3 February, 2022. Here, she tells us about the five ingredients that have helped make Ark Music such a success.

Science Mastery
Tuesday 11th January 2022

Shauna O'Brien, Head of Secondary Science Mastery, shares some exciting news as Ark Curriculum Plus expands its programmes.  
Ark Curriculum Plus is a non-profit organisation dedicated to transforming education in the UK. 
Our mission is student success through empowered teaching. We believe that every student can succeed, and that the teacher makes a difference. We have created multiple complete curriculum programmes over the past ten years to ensure teachers have the required resources and subject knowledge. 

Danny Richards
Monday 10th January 2022

Great schools are made of great leaders. At Ark, we know strong senior leadership is key to ensuring our students have access to an excellent education. That’s why we recognise the value of supporting and investing in our staff at every stage of their career. From nationally accredited development programmes to residential trips with peers, leaders are given all the tools and support to develop.

Giving Tuesday - thank you
Tuesday 30th November 2021

Our ventures share updates on how funding from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Community Match Challenge scheme helped them support their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Monday 29th November 2021

Jo Facer is Principal at Ark John Keats Academy based in Enfield, North London. Having trained as an English teacher with Teach First, she’s worked in several schools as Head of Department, Assistant and Vice Principal.

Daniel Ayane
Wednesday 3rd November 2021

Ark is proud that our students are twice as likely to study at top-third universities. Every student should feel empowered to move on from school to a place that’s right for them. Daniel Ayane, alumnus of Ark Burlington Danes Academy (BDA), took a leap of faith after school and moved to the US to study at Harvard University.
Now 24 years old, we were delighted to catch up with Daniel as part of our #ArkPeople series and hear how his American adventure is panning out.

EducAid Charity Sierra Leone
Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Photo credit: EducAid Sierra Leone
Aashti Zaidi Hai, CEO at Global Schools Forum (GSF), reflects on her organisation’s journey to independence, as the latest Ark Venture to successfully spin out of the Ark incubator.
GSF works to strengthen global education through supporting non-state organisations. Its 64 members operate across 51 countries in Africa, Asia and South America, running or supporting 30,000 schools, and providing five million children with access to education.

AVA mental health
Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Throughout the pandemic, students have experienced worrying disruptions to their education, family loss or serious illness, increases in family members’ job insecurity, and isolation from family and friends. In many cases, the difficulties have triggered anxiety and mental health issues.