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We raise money that goes directly to the work we are doing in our schools and for our students. Support from individual donors, trusts, foundations and corporate partners enables Ark to provide access to opportunities that have an immediate impact on our students and develop new ventures that allow us to make a difference to the lives of thousands of children.
Ark Academy primary pupils performing in the Ark Music Gala at the Barbican

Delivering change where it matters most

As an education charity that runs a network of 39 schools and builds successful ventures to promote educational equality, there are many ways to support our work and deliver real change in the lives of young people.

We believe that schools are uniquely placed to reach children and communities. With your help we are able to make a difference to individual students, whole-school communities, and influence the wider educational system.

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The core funding for our schools comes from government, based on the number of pupils in our schools, like any other state education provider. But this funding simply does not cover all the activity we want to deliver.

We believe that every child should have access to opportunities that go beyond what schools can offer. Whether this is high quality extracurricular programmes, support for mental health, quality careers advice or exceptional buildings and facilities. We also raise money to support some of our most talented pupils as they go to university and nurture excellence through scholarships at school.

We have a strong track record in piloting and scaling new ventures – often grown from expertise learned in our schools – which aim to solve intractable problems and drive system change. 

Our fundraising priorities focus on the activities that we know are turning the dial for our students, but that schools often struggle to fund from their already-stretched budgets.

Mental health and wellbeing

We take a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing, including support for school leaders and safeguarding leads, and specialist one-to-one provision for our students.

Ark Sport

Our Ark Sports programme seeks to level the playing field by providing our students with access to a wide range of sports, opportunities to compete on behalf of their schools at a network and national level, and scholarships to nurture those who demonstrate talent.

Bursaries, careers and further studies

Ark’s Destinations programme prepares students for university, apprenticeships, or the world of work. Through partnerships, we also offer means-tested bursaries to help remove financial barriers.

Ark Music

Ark Music ensures every student in our network has access to quality music provision. The programme also provides free targeted support for budding musicians, and scholarships for those who demonstrate talent.

School-specific projects

In any given year we have multiple school-specific projects that need funding. These range from capital projects to playground equipment, greening the schools to educational trips and residentials.

Early Years

Improving early childhood care and development is one of the best opportunities to improve future academic, economic, health and wellbeing outcomes. Ark Start offers high quality, affordable care and firm educational foundations for the youngest children.

Ways to give

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Give online

To give online, please use our secure donation form.

Bank (BACS) transfer

To give via bank transfer, please complete this donation form and transfer your gift to Ark using the following bank details:
Account: Absolute Return for Kids (ARK)
Sort code: 30 00 09
Account number: 0093 8208

To allow us to maximise the value of your donation, please ensure you tick the Gift Aid box and sign the donation form if you are a UK tax payer. Please include any specific instructions and requests as to how you would like your donation to be spent.

Fundraise by completing a challenge

Swim, cycle, run and raise funds for the school of your choice. Set up your JustGiving page or get in touch with us to find out more. We are currently seeking riders for the London to Brighton Cycle Ride. Contact us for more information.

Leave a legacy

By leaving a gift to Ark in your will, you can make a lasting difference to future generations of children in Ark schools. If you want to leave a gift in your will to Ark or have questions about doing so, please contact us.

Looking for another way to support Ark?

Ark has a wide range of programmes and projects, and we would be happy to work with you to find ways to partner or give. Please get in touch to have a conversation about how you can support our work.