Ark Acton Academy Principal's Welcome

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Ark Acton Academy

As Principal of the school, my commitment is to putting learning at the heart of all that we do and to making every minute of our students’ time in school count. At Ark Acton we believe that education is the key to a happy and successful future and that academic achievement for all students should be at the centre of all that we do each day.

We are proud to be providing an education to the young people in our local community and ensuring the academic success that will create positive futures for the diverse ethnic groups within that community. Ark Acton is a mixed 11–18 school which is truly comprehensive in its nature. At Ark Acton we believe that all students should have the opportunity to go to university irrespective of their background and we are proud of the fact that each year students from Ark Acton go on to study in the country’s top universities. Our students have started degrees at Imperial, UCL, King’s, Bath, and Durham.  In the last two years we have had 8 students start medicine degrees.

As a school that puts learning at the heart of all that we do, we expect the highest standards from our students. All of our students are given the opportunity to excel at what they do best and are supported in their mastery of the curriculum through well-planned and challenging lesson activities. Our curriculum provides all students with an excellent grounding in traditional, academic subjects whilst also offering opportunities to pursue their passions. We see it as our duty to know every student and unlock their potential. We believe in investing in our staff and aim to develop teachers to be the very best they can be professionally. We expect our teachers to be subject experts.

The school offers a range of enrichment opportunities in order that students leave the school with the skills and knowledge that will ensure they play a full part as citizens in the local, national and global community. The enrichment programme at Ark Acton provides students with experiences that inspire and challenge. We offer a range of enrichment activities that include sports clubs, computer programming, debating society, music and art clubs. We are a school that is both focused on learning, but which also develops student character. It is our expectation that Ark Acton students have a strong character showing respect, integrity, maturity and pride in themselves and their school.

In September we joined the Ark family of schools. For over 12 years Ark schools have been amongst the best in the country. The Department for Education has named Ark as the best large school group for the progress that students make. We look forward to providing children in our local community with the excellent opportunities to succeed that Ark will bring. Teachers will have access to the very best training and can share the best practice that exists across the Ark network. A great education opens doors for a child’s future and being in the Ark family of schools we will provide your child with that great future.

We are always pleased to welcome visitors to the school. If you would like to visit Ark Acton and see for yourself the opportunities and experiences that we provide please contact the school office. We look forward to meeting you.

Gill Stewart
Acting Headteacher