Ark’s 2019 provisional results

Monday 2nd September 2019

Congratulations to all our students on their exam results this summer. Thanks to their hard work, results across the network are up in primary, secondary and sixth form.


Network-wide, Ark pupils are up 3pp, with 72% achieving the expected standards in reading, writing and maths - a strong 7pp above national average.

We were particularly pleased with results at our two primaries in Portsmouth, with 80% at Ark Ayrton achieving the standard, up 36pp on last year, and 65% at Dickens, up 25pp on last year.


Results across the network have improved. 76% of our students achieved a 4 or better in their English GCSEs, and 67% in maths. 31% of our students achieved the EBacc, well above the expected national average. Some highlights:

  • Students at Ark King Solomon Academy were particularly successful, with 95% of students achieving 4 or better in English, and 87% in maths.
  • Ark’s most improved school was Ark William Parker in Hastings – especially welcome ahead of the school joining Ark Helenswood in September to become Ark Alexandra.

Sixth form

73% of A-level grades were A*-C. Some highlights:

  • Many Ark sixth form students have earned places at prestigious destinations - 69% are on their way to university, with 41% to top third institutions, 21% to Russell Group universities, and seven students receiving places at Oxford or Cambridge.
  • Ark Globe was the network’s highest-achieving and most-improved sixth form, with a 14pp improvement over last year’s percentage of students achieving 3 or more A*-C (or equivalent).
  • Students taking applied courses did particularly well. Our Professional Pathways Foundation Year students, who took a Level 3 business qualification (equivalent to an A level) and retook maths and/or English GCSE, achieved a 95% pass rate in their business qualification, and 43% and 64% pass rates for maths and English respectively, almost double the national averages. Several students received highly competitive apprenticeships including with Sky, Transport for London, and Bloomberg.