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Principal Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to Ark Acton Academy. Our ethos as an Ark School is clear and we are unwavering in our dedication to it. We simply believe that every child, regardless of background or prior achievement, can be successful if given great teaching and pastoral support.

It is my role as Principal to create an environment where it’s safe to be happy and where everyone strives for success. Our mission is to create a school of the highest standard that achieves this through recruiting and training excellent teachers and support staff, and by developing a pastoral system that ensures no child is left behind.

Our mastery curriculum is at the heart of school life and ensures that all students get the opportunity to study academic disciplines and to wrestle with ways of thinking that take them beyond everyday understandings. Alongside this we invest heavily in staff training and development to ensure that every student is taught by a subject expert who is passionate about their subject and its importance to understanding the world around us.

Whilst we want all our students to leave Ark Acton Academy with the currency they need to access the next stage of their education and to have an unrelenting focus on hard work and discipline, we know that getting great exam results is only half of a good education: we are determined to deliver as many opportunities as we can for every child to flourish outside the classroom. We want our students to be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with a child from a private school and compete for the same university place or job.

As part of Ark Schools, we have access to world class staff training and development, as well as expertise from across the network. Being part of a family of schools ensures that we can keep learning and evaluating our impact to ensure that every child who comes to Ark Acton leaves as a well-rounded and polite individual with the drive and resources to lead a happy and successful life.

Mr O Knight, Principal.