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Our schools operate in challenging social contexts, with over half of our year 11 students eligible for Pupil Premium funding – double the national average. These students were also 40% more likely to have entered secondary school at least one level behind their peers, with three schools – Charter Academy, St Alban’s Academy and Ark Kings Academy – having among the 5% lowest attaining intakes in the country.
Despite this, our schools achieve great results:
- Ark was recently rated by the Department for Education (DfE) as the highest performing large multi-academy trust for value added, which measures how much progress students have made since primary school.
- Four of our secondary schools – Ark Burlington Danes Academy, Charter Academy, King Solomon Academy and St Alban’s Academy – were in the top 60 schools in the country on this measure.
- Ark students are three times more likely to achieve five good GCSEs than the national average if they start secondary school behind.
- Our primary schools are also achieving good results in areas of great need (two thirds of our year 6 students were eligible for Pupil Premium funding).
- Our primaries are improving at a rate well beyond the national average; the percentage of students achieving expected levels in reading, writing and maths increased by 14 percentage points last year, compared with just four percentage points nationally.
- Ark schools significantly exceed the national averages for year 1 students passing the phonics screening check. In three primary schools – Ark Globe Academy, Ark Academy and Ark Conway Primary Academy – 100% of students passed the phonics check.
We’re proud that our schools have achieved some of the best results in the country. We’re also proud of the Ark staff who have built environments where pupils can succeed. Of the schools that have been inspected by Ofsted, 88% of Ark schools are rated as good or outstanding – this compares with a national average of 80%.