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The UK’s only island city, Portsmouth has a rich nautical history. But there’s more to Portsmouth than just historic docks; the city boasts miles of coastal walks, world-class museums and attractions, award-winning restaurants and a plethora of water sports.
View of Gunwharf Quays and the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth

There are three Ark schools in Portsmouth: our two primaries, Ark Ayrton and Ark Dickens, and our secondary, Ark Charter Academy. These schools are supported by two Regional Directors, each with a dedicated focus on primary or secondary with the primaries also benefiting from an Executive Principal who works across both schools.

These three schools are all located within a mile and a half of one another, giving you the added benefit of not just training and support from staff at your school but from those across those the city, in addition to working closely with other schools in the network.

Thinking of relocating?

We can offer relocation packages of up to £3,000 to support you with your move to Portsmouth where you’ll benefit from unparalleled support from experienced leaders and education experts.

Hear from some of our staff about what it’s like to live and work in the city.

I’ve been really fortunate to be able to select from a menu of opportunities and experience new things within the school. I’ve never felt like I’ve been directed down a particular path and have been given the option to explore different routes. I feel quite lucky to be in that position and that’s why I’ve been here for so long.

Zack Morgan Assistant Principal, Ark Charter Academy


The second largest city in the UK, Birmingham boasts a vibrant and diverse culture with a rich history, over 8,000 acres of parks and green spaces, a thriving foodie scene and more canals than Venice!


With almost 2,000 hours of sunshine per year, a large art community, an extensive seafront, excellent pubs, bars and restaurants and a thriving music scene Hastings is the perfect place to relocate to for a change of pace.


The UK’s capital city has some of the best and fastest-improving schools in the country. However, considerable work is still to be done to ensure that all children in London have access to an excellent education. In London, you will work in a school that is every bit as diverse, vibrant and exciting as the city.