Closing gaps, opening doors appeal

Every child deserves the same chance to learn and fulfil their potential at school. Yet some are held back, not because of ability but because of circumstances.

These same students have been hit disproportionately hard by the pandemic, with many suffering a loss of learning and a deterioration in their mental health and wellbeing. As we mark Ark’s 20th anniversary, we are more determined than ever to close this widening education gap.

Whether it’s music lessons for all, the best computer labs or work experience placements with our corporate partners – the added extras we provide ensure all our students, whatever their background, can seize opportunities and open doors to future success.

The pandemic has made the need for this extra support even more pressing. And we need your help to fund two programmes that will make a significant difference to our students.

2 in 5 of Ark’s students are eligible for Free School Meals – double the national average.

Our Funding Priorities

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School librarieslibraries libraries

We know good reading skills are an essential part of learning. With your help, we can provide libraries and books to give our 29,000 students access to the joy and value of reading.

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Inspiring Excellence Scholarships

Our scholarships will enable talented students from low-income households to pursue their passion in music, as well as sport and other extra-curricular activities.

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