School Closure

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25th March 2020

Please click here for our most recent letter to parents and carers dated 25th March 2020.


We all have our part to play in helping to stop the spread of Coronavirus. This means we must stay at home to protect the NHS and help save lives.


Community Classrooms for vulnerable students and key workers’ children


Parents should keep children at home wherever possible and thanks to everyone across our community who has followed that advice. The fewer children making the journey to school and the fewer children in our Community Classrooms, the lower the risk of the virus spreading.


The purpose of our Community Classroom is to provide care for the children of key workers and children who are vulnerable. Only children in these categories can attend. Information on the list of key workers is here.


Any parents who meet the criteria and who want their children to attend the Community Classroom must let us know, giving details, otherwise we cannot guarantee places.


We will ask parents on a weekly basis tore-confirm if they want to continue using the Community Classroom in school.


We are working to maintain as much stabilityfor the students education as possible. Whilst it is not possible to fully replicate the educational experience at home, we are putting in place plans to make sure students can still access work and teachers are able to support their learning. Learning resources for each year group have been posted on our website and you and your children can email our staff for support. Staff email addresses can be found

We will update this page and keep in touch with parents and students via our website, texts and letters.



Please continue to follow health guidance.   



Thank you to everyone for your understanding during these challenging times and a heartfelt thanks to our NHS and key workers who are working so hard to look after us all.


If you need to contact the school, please phone 02392824204 and leave a voicemail. Voicemails are being forwarded to the relevant member of staff. Alternatively you can email



This is an unsettling and disruptive time for everyone and we will work together as a school and local community to face the challenging times ahead. Thank you for your support and understanding during these exceptional circumstances. If we can do anything more to help your family, please do not hesitate to get in touch.



What we do

At Ark Charter, we run a variety of lunch-time and after-school clubs and activities, such as sports clubs, Sailing, Diversity Group, Cadets and many more.

4 times a year we run Enrichment Days, during which students have an opportunity to participate in a subject-stretch, character building or careers education activity. This develops our core values of COURAGE and RESPECT. Activities may include sports, cooking, art, music, university and college workshops, personal effectiveness, soft skills and employability workshops, careers fairs and guest speakers. There is an emphasis on team work and creativity. Activities encourage new friendships and working relationships between staff and students and peers.

All students will finish the activity having achieved something as part of a group and as part of a personal developmental process.

Finally, our students in year 7-10 participate in ‘Activities Week’ in July which includes Sports Day. Last year we held an International Day for students so they could explore cultures from around the world and appreciate the diversity within our community. STEM featured prominently with the maths department hosting a code breaking event and the Science department exploring the world of Forensic Science. Students also participated in a range of off-site enrichment activities such as sailing, visits to the Ben Ainslie Tech Deck as well as reward trips to Marwell and Flip Out.


Why we do it

The aim is to develop the whole child and offer opportunities and experiences beyond the academic subjects studied for GCSEs.  These should result in ‘real’ outcomes which can be central to all students’ CVs, personal statements and records of achievement.

The aim is also to develop relationships and enhance the core curriculum, feeding into our core values of ASPIRATION FOR ALL and ACHIEVEMENT FOR ALL.

Enrichment Clubs pdf