Preparing students for life beyond school

We know that there is more to success than academic achievement. A great education isn’t simply about passing exams, it’s about enabling students to develop the qualities and skills that they need to be successful at school and beyond.

Our mission is that every student in an Ark school can access the university or career of their choice. Alongside maximising academic achievement, we also ensure that students develop the habits and skills most desired by universities and businesses, have access to the experiences and role models that will raise their aspirations and are guided in their decisions about what happens after school.

Our classrooms are rich with opportunities to develop curious, independent, empathetic and digitally literate young adults. These characteristics and skills are part of our school culture, ethos and values, and we recognise and celebrate their development on a regular basis (is this true in every school?)

Outside of the classroom, we commit to every student experiencing music, sport, cultural and other enrichment activities to cultivate individual passions and interests. Through a network of partners, we guarantee that students will have the opportunity to work with a range of universities, colleges and local businesses, broadening their horizons and exploring the pathways that are available to them after school.  Through the broader Ark network, we provide unique opportunities for students across our schools to interact, flexing their public speaking skills at the Junior and Senior Great Debate, finding their inner Einstein through our Science research competitions, or competing for the coveted Ark Athletics trophy. We believe that these experiences are a key ingredient in developing our students into confident young adults who can succeed and thrive in the wider world.

At the heart of our support is the guidance that students receive, empowering them and their parents to make informed and ambitious decisions about their future. Teachers, tutors and former students are all trained to provide high quality and up to date advice on searching and applying for the best quality college, university and apprenticeship places. And the support doesn’t stop there. Financial bursaries, connections to work experience and internships and the opportunity to receive ongoing coaching are all available to former students who have become part of our growing alumni community. 

To view our latest destinations figures, please see the ‘Where do our students go next’ page of this website under the About Us tab.