Raising aspirations is at the heart of everything we do at Ark Pioneer.
Understanding the impact of education
Ark Pioneer pupils understand the impact that school and further education can have on their future life. We inspire pupils to think more deeply and more broadly about the world around them and the opportunities it presents.
A world of career options & university exposure every year
As part of our Values & Character programme, and within the curriculum for each subject, we will teach the key learning habits and dispositions needed to succeed at university and in the workplace. Pupils will learn to be independent and organised. We will teach them how to take notes and conduct research, how to listen, discuss and debate; they will be confident speaking in public.
In addition to this, we will guarantee access and exposure to the experiences that will help them to shape a vision for their own future and guide their decisions about their university or career pathway after school. During assemblies and tutor time, we will introduce and discuss further study, career options and aspirational role models. Guest speakers will share their career insights with pupils.
Our teachers introduce and discuss further study, career options and aspirational role models. Guest speakers share their career insights each half term, for example, Ali Khalid, a Formula 1 engineer spoke to pupils in the autumn term 2019 about his industry, inspiring the whole community. Our pupils visit a university each year, with visits increasingly tailored to individual aspirations as they get older. Last year, our founding pupils were lucky enough to visit Cambridge university.
We believe these opportunities give our pupils a comprehensive understanding of a range of careers and the qualifications, skills and experiences they need in order to pursue them.
Pupils recognise how their learning, character and personal development supports their future prospects and can reflect on this when making decisions about their future. Ark Pioneer offers an extensive enrichment programme. This gives our pupils the opportunity to develop lifelong talents, skills, interests and passions.