Ark is delighted to announce Urmila Chowdhury as Executive Principal for the charity’s first primary school in India.
As part of the Ark India schools team, Urmila will lead the development of Ark’s primary education, working alongside colleagues from Ark’s UK and international teams. Urmila will be leading our team of teachers and education specialists as Ark embarks on setting up its first school in India.
A new Headteacher has been appointed to lead Ark Chamberlain Primary Academy, currently Oldknow Academy, when it joins the Ark network in September. Wendy Baxter is currently Headteacher at Meadstead Primary Academy in Barnsley where she has taken an underperforming school to one rated ‘good’ by Ofsted in just over a year.
A network of schools in Uganda supported by Ark is celebrating their best ever exam results this year after the number of students achieving good results jumped ten percentage points.
In total, 48% of students across 21 PEAS schools, which are supported by Ark, achieved the top three grades in their 2014 Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examinations - the Ugandan equivalent to GCSEs - up from 38% in 2013 and three percentage points above the national average.
Students from St Alban’s Academy have wowed schools from across the UK with their debating skills during a Model United Nations conference.
300 students from across the UK took part in the educational simulation, in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations, at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form in Birmingham. Of those 300, two students from St Alban’s Academy in Highgate achieved recognition - Samira Ali was awarded best resolution of the conference and Zakaria Mohammed won most effective speaker.
An inspirational teaching assistant from Ark Blacklands Primary Academy is in the running to win a national teaching award after using gardening to help pupils with challenging behaviour.
James Havbro, who runs an outdoor learning centre at the school for children with difficult behaviour, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Pearson Teaching Awards – often thought of as “the Oscars of teaching”.
Ark Byron Primary Academy in Acton is pleased to announce that Fiona Kaplan will be the Head of School when it opens in September 2015.
Ms Kaplan brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm, having previously been Assistant Headteacher and Early Years Leader at nearby Wendell Park Primary School.
“Maths can be fun,” says Ian Davies, holding an empty pint glass. Ian is the Director of Curriculum for the Mathematics Mastery programme. He’s on a mission to change the way people learn about maths. “Quite often people think maths is a scary, horrible subject, because they’ve haven’t been given a good understanding of it. Pi day is a chance to celebrate some of the fun things about maths.”
Plans for a new school building were unveiled last night at ARK Kings Academy in Kings Norton, Birmingham. The event was attended by local Councillors, members of the local community, and the Prospective Conservative MP for Northfield, Rachel Maclean. The new building is part of the government funded Midlands Priority Schools Building Programme and work will begin this summer.