ARK Conway: First 'outstanding' Free School

Thursday 18th July 2013

ARK Conway Primary School in Hammersmith has been graded outstanding in every category by Ofsted, the first Free School to secure the highest rating from Her Majesty’s Inspectors. The school was commended for its “high quality teaching that inspires and motivates all pupils to try their very best.”
Head teacher Damian McBeath said; “We are delighted that the hard work and dedication of staff, parents and pupils have been recognised by Ofsted. The academy has only been open since September 2011 and from the outset, we have focused on delivering the highest-quality education for our pupils. They are happy, inspired to learn and making incredible progress.”

The Ofsted report also commented on the breadth of learning at ARK Conway: “Pupils enjoy a wealth of high-quality learning experiences that include opportunities to excel in art and music”. Parents too hold the school in high regard with one commenting, “We felt like we’d won the lottery when our child gained a place here.”
The report said:

  • All pupils make rapid progress and achieve highly, particularly in learning to read and write and in their understanding and application of mathematics.
  • High quality teaching inspires and motivates all pupils to try their very best.
  • Teachers set high expectations for learning and behaviour and pupils respond extremely well so that their all round achievement is outstanding.

Education Secretary, Michael Gove, said: “ARK Conway has demonstrated how a brilliant school, with a culture of high expectations, great leadership and inspiring teachers can be truly excellent across the board within two years."
Lucy Heller, ARK Schools Managing Director, said: “ARK Conway is committed to ensuring that all pupils realise their potential. This judgement shows what can be achieved when excellent teaching and high expectations are at the heart of school life.”

Read what the London Evening Standard had to say here »