Our vision

Ark is an education charity and one of the country’s top-performing academy operators. Our network comprises of both new-start and transition schools that have become Ark academies. No two of our schools are the same but we all share the same mission. Our aim is to create outstanding schools that give every Ark pupil, no matter their background or prior attainment, the opportunity to go to university or pursue the career of their choice.

We have six key principles that we will follow in order to make our schools happy, friendly and nurturing for your child.


With the right teaching and support, we believe every child can realise their potential.
We set exceptionally high expectations for all our pupils and do whatever it takes to achieve them. Our aspirations are no lower for our most vulnerable pupils.


​Our schools are characterised by a respectful and orderly environment, where teachers focus on teaching and pupils on learning.

Good behaviour is taught, reinforced and recognised throughout every school and poor behaviour is not tolerated. We do not accept excuses and we do not make any either.


We work side by side with our teaching staff to ensure excellent teaching and support them with exceptional training and development.

To ensure no child is left behind, we have developed data management tools which allow teachers to monitor pupils’ progress and quickly identify when children, or indeed teaching staff, need extra support.


When pupils secure firm foundations in English and mathematics, they find the rest of the curriculum far easier to access. That’s why we prioritise depth in these subjects, giving pupils the best chance of academic success.


To embed core subjects and make time for enrichment, many of our schools run a longer school day.

Others are open at weekends and during school holidays, offering revision and master classes as well as residential stays, day trips and summer schools. In all our schools, every hour of every day is devoted to children learning and no time is wasted.


We organise our schools so that every pupil knows and is known well by their teachers.

Children do best when teachers and families work together: we involve families in all aspects of school life and encourage participation and collaboration. We keep parents well informed of pupils’ targets and progress and work together to understand any challenges children may face at home or at school. Together we aim to create a safe, happy and dynamic school environment.