Regional Director's welcome

Thank you for visiting this Ark Acton Academy website to find out more about the school and it's transition to the Ark network of schools.

My name is Jerry Collins, and I am a Regional Director at Ark. My role at this school is to ensure, by working alongside the senior leadership team, staff and governors, that the transition into the Ark network is as smooth as possible, and that the school is set on a steady path of improvement. Our focus is now, and always will be, on our students.

I want to see this school succeed. At Ark, we don’t want to take away the things that make the school special – we have never aspired to be a network of one-size-fits-all schools. Instead, we want to provide our schools with support, resources and a network of specialists.

Ark is one of the top multi-academy trusts in the country and has a strong track record of improving schools. Most of the schools that join the network come to Ark rated inadequate or in special measures. Yet 23 of 25 are now performing at higher national rankings, most of them considerably so, and none remain in special measures. Last year, 81% of Ark students went to university, compared to a national average of 48%.

As a network, our schools work together closely, support each other and share best practice. Ark Acton Academy will definitely benefit from strong links with our other Ark schools in the local area too. We’re confident that we are in a great position to support the staff and students at the school to achieve.

At Ark, we believe that every young person, regardless of their background, deserves a great education and real choices in life. I hope you’re as excited as we are to set out on this journey together.

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Jerry Collins                              

Regional Director