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Privacy notice

Ark respects your privacy and is committed to protecting the personal data you share, and we hold about you. We will only use your information to help us inform you about our work and let you know about opportunities and events which may be of interest to you.

Ark is a charity working to transform lives through education. We exist to ensure that every young person, regardless of their background, has access to a great education and real choices in life. We support schools and the development and implementation of initiatives that address some of the most intractable and challenging issues in education and society.

This notice outlines how Ark – Ark Schools (05112090), Ark UK Programmes (05932797), EdCity Development Limited (11511870), EdCity Office (11596797), EdCity Management Company (11528726) collects and uses personal data for the purpose of direct marketing. Ark is the ‘Data Controller’ whose registered address is 1 Nicholas Road, London, W11 4AN.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Ark’s Data Protection Officer at

How and why we collect information

The majority of information we collect is provided directly by individuals, either through signing up on our website, opting in when registering for one of our events, or signing up to hear from us face-to-face.

The legal basis for processing and holding this data is personal consent. We will collect data, consent and renewed consent in line with the Ark Data Protection Policy.

The data we collect will only be used to keep individuals informed and aware of Ark. Where we hold and collect information, this will be used to share news about activities we believe may be of interest to you, to invite you to an event or to update you on general Ark activity and news.

We do not harvest information or conduct third party searches using your data or share data with third parties beyond the scope of this privacy notice.

What information do we hold?

The information we hold typically includes name, contact details, location (i.e., South-East, North-East), how and where you gave consent, and events you have attended.

For those who have signed up to hear from Ark Teacher Training, we may also hold information including your teaching subject of interest, year of graduation, subject studied at university and which university attended.

This is to ensure we understand the background of our audience and are able to send targeted information which we believe will be of interest to you.

We regularly review our records of consent, which are held in line with Ark’s Data Protection policy and Retention and Disposal Policy, which are available on request.

How do we store, protect and share your information?

All information is held on secure databases and files managed by Ark. Where information is stored and processed by an externally owned database or platform, we have formal agreements in place with each organisation to ensure the adequate safeguards and required level of protection are maintained. Relevant technical security measures are in place to ensure access is only available to specific Ark employees, as per the Ark Data Protection Policy.

We will never sell your information to third party organisations.

Your Rights

You have the right to unsubscribe from our emails at any time and you can do so by clicking the ‘Unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of any email you receive from us.

We also offer an ‘Email Preferences’ page where you can update your personal information at any time and change your marketing preferences. You can access this page by simply click on the ‘preferences’ link in the footer of any email sent to you by Ark.

You also have the right to request a copy of the information we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies changed.

You have the right to request that Ark removes any information held about you. This will be actioned within one month and any information we hold deleted and we will keep a record of the withdrawal request for future verification purposes. If an individual has previously donated to Ark, we will also keep this information as required by law and for our accounting and financial auditing purposes. For more details on how we collect and use personal data from supporters, please see here.

If you would like to exercise any of the above rights, please contact Ark’s Data Protection Officer by email using

If you have any questions or concerns about this notice or the way we are collecting or using your personal data, we request that you raise your concern with us in the first instance.

Further to this, if you are unhappy with our response to your complaint, you can also contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) who will investigate the case at their discretion: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 if you prefer to use a national rate number.


This policy will be reviewed periodically, and any changes published on this page. Please check this policy regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes to processing or data collection.

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