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Thursday 7th November 2019

Ark’s Project Oxbridge is supporting 50 Ark students, selected for their academic potential, to gain places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Our skills workshop, in partnership with OxFizz, helps students prepare for the notoriously difficult admissions interviews. We caught up with Beheshta, a student hoping to gain a place, and James, an Oxford graduate, to get their take on the day, and the challenge ahead…

Ark schools
Tuesday 5th November 2019

Everyone has had at least one teacher in their life that inspired them.
But what inspires teachers? What sparked their interest in teaching? How do they get through the difficult days? And how do they work to get better? We spoke to dozens of teachers from across Ark’s schools in Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth. Although they come from very different backgrounds, we found, when it comes to life in their classrooms – teachers all have a lot in common.

sian maddrell
Wednesday 30th October 2019

Siân Maddrell recently joined Ark as the new Secondary Regional Director for South London. Siân is a successful school leader with more than 25 years’ experience. She was previously Headteacher of The Grey Coat Hospital and Chair of the Westminster Heads’ Collaborative. She talked to us about her journey in education so far.

Ark Tindal Primary Academy
Monday 16th September 2019

Karen Wespieser, Director of Operations at Driver Youth Trust, examines the crucial role that relationships between teachers and parents play in the education of children with literacy difficulties, and shares so

Mathematics Mastery
Friday 30th August 2019

Lisa Coe is a Primary Development Lead for Mathematics Mastery, one of Ark's ventures, and works with around 30 primary schools across the UK.

Tuesday 20th August 2019

Rich Davies is Ark's Director of Insight. He is responsible for bridging the gap between the organisation's data and action. He advises senior leaders on strategic issues and works to ensure that all Ark leaders, teachers and students can make data-informed decisions.

Wednesday 7th August 2019

Isa Mahamud is currently studying medicine at the University of Southampton. He is an alumnus of Ark Walworth Academy, in South London. Recently he spoke at an event for Ark's Project Healthcare programme, talking about his experiences and hoping to inspire the next generation of students to pursue a career in medicine.

Tuesday 9th July 2019

As early years practitioners gather for this month’s Nursery World Conference, Lydia Cuddy-Gibbs, Head of Early Years for Ark Schools reflects on what drives her practice, and how to make a difference in early years.