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Hannah Gerken
Thursday 5th December 2019

Hannah Gerken is an Ark Helenswood (now known as Ark Alexandra) and East Sussex Sixth Form alumna. She left school in 2016 and was the first in her family to attend university choosing to study midwifery.

Wednesday 27th November 2019

Helen Drury, Founder of Ark Venture Mathematics Mastery, reflects on the significance of the results of a trial, published by EEF’s E

Tuesday 26th November 2019

Hannah Plimmer is a Senior Recruitment Adviser at Ark.

Ark Oval students studying
Tuesday 19th November 2019

Lekha Sharma is a Deputy Principal at Ark Oval Primary Academy and leads on her school's curriculum design and delivery.

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.

Monday 7th October 2019

More than 1600 teachers and educators from Ark schools came together on Friday (4 October) for an afternoon of reflection, learning and collaboration as part of the Ark 2019 Teacher Summit, held at Central Hall Westminster. 

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