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.


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.