Ark Putney Academy is celebrating winning a £5,000 Pupil Premium Award after the school was named as one of the top schools in the country for helping disadvantaged students achieve good GCSE results.
As well as achieving great results, GCSE results rose last year despite a national drop, Ark Putney is aware that students need more than just academic success in order to achieve their potential.
A new independent report from the independent Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) demonstrates the success of the Mathematics Mastery programme. Carried out by academics from Cambridge University and the Institute of Education, the data indicates that the programme may have the potential to halve the attainment gap with high performing countries in the far East.
Masterly musicians and skilled singers from across the Ark network filled some of East London’s biggest performance venues with music as they took part in Ark’s ‘Sing into Spring’.
‘Sing into Spring’ saw students from 18 primary and secondary schools in the network take part in the event at Stratford Old Town Hall, Theatre Royal Stratford, and Stratford Circus.
Performing contemporary pieces like Laura Mvula’s ‘Sing to the moon’ alongside traditional English and African folk songs, the students later met in the Town Hall to take part in a musical closing ceremony.
Southwark MP and Justice Minister Simon Hughes visited Ark Globe Academy to congratulate the high-performing school on their work ensuring all pupils reach their potential.
Mr Hughes congratulated Ark Globe Academy on winning a £5,000 Pupil Premium Award after the school was named as one of the top schools in the country for helping disadvantaged students achieve good GCSEs results.
The Guardian newspaper has praised St Alban’s Academy in Birmingham, calling it a ‘school that unites faiths’, after staff and students worked to create an inclusive and tolerant atmosphere in the community.
Ark has defied the national drop in GCSE results this year, with another improved set of scores, making us one of the strongest school groups in the country.
The proportion of Ark students getting 5 A*-C GCSE grades including maths and English rose from 57% to 59% in our 11 secondary schools. Nationally, the percentage of students achieving the same measure fell from 60.6% to 56.6%. Ark was also the only one of the 10 largest academy networks to see its GCSE results improve this year.
Budding musicians at Ark Conway Primary Academy entertained Cabinet ministers yesterday in a musical performance.
Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education, and Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, were treated to singing, as well as ukulele and cornet music, by talented pupils from the school.
The education minister, Nick Gibb MP, has praised Ark’s schools and staff in a speech to international educational experts.
The schools minister told delegates at the OECD’s inaugural Education Policy Outlook Conference that King Solomon Academy’s “excellent results” showed “that with the right methods, the background of a child is, and should be, no barrier to achievement”.