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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 ten years, working in schools in south London before joining Ark Acton Academy in 2018. She is the Vice Principal, teaches Sociology and leads on Culture and Curriculum. She was recognised in a list of the 100 most inspirational teachers in the UK by The Guardian newspaper and the Department for Education.

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.

Monday 1st March 2021

When schools closed in March 2020, many parents were forced to try and replace teachers overnight. Families had to maintain routines, encourage their children to engage with their schoolwork while dealing with work and life challenges.

Thursday 4th February 2021

In September 2020, 180 Year 7 students began their secondary education at the new Ark Blake Academy in Croydon when it opened its doors. Despite it being only a small cohort of students, we have observed numerous cases of COVID-19-related anxiety – both mild and severe. The impact of lockdown and school closures is affecting students’ social and emotional development. 

Thursday 28th January 2021

Our schools continue to face their biggest challenge in ensuring education continues during the pandemic, so how have they done this? We hear from Una Sookun who joined Ark Globe Academy in 2013.