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Ark is a network of 38 schools in the UK, in Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth. Each of our schools has its own distinctive character, reflecting its local community.

Nearly a third of Ark’s schools are newly built – to provide pupil places for communities that need them. 

All Ark’s new start schools that have been inspected by Ofsted have been rated good or outstanding

Two of Ark's new schools, Ark King Solomon Academy and Isaac Newton Academy are in the top 1% nationally for pupil progress

Most Ark schools were existing schools that joined the network to improve – often from difficult circumstances. Of Ark’s 24 transition schools, 21 are now performing at a higher national ranking than before they became Ark schools (based on 2016 data).

How our students do when they are in school is only part of the story. It’s just as important to us that they leave school with the skills, knowledge and insight to make ambitious choices about their future.

  • In 2016-2017, 81% of our sixth form students gained a place at university, compared with a national average of 48%
  • The proportion of economically disadvantaged students going from an Ark sixth form to university is double the national average
  • 20% of Ark’s sixth form students go to a Russell Group university – double the national average
  • Our Professional Pathways programme works with hundreds of year 12 - 13 students across the network. The programme helps them to make informed decisions about whether to pursue an apprenticeship or university after leaving school