The academy is a non-selective, co-educational school with a Church of England ethos. It admitted its first cohort of Year 7 students in September 2009, taking over from the predecessor school, St Luke’s C of E School.

Success so far

Charter Academy promotes the highest aspirations, motivation and achievement for all its students.

New buildings

Ark Charter has benefitted from two multi-million pound modernisation progammes, the latest being our new Christopher building which is due to open in September 2020. Please see our facilities page for more information.

Healthy Eating

Students who enjoy a healthy diet and life style will be more attentive and find learning less stressful. We pride ourselves on the menu that we provide, delivering tasty healthy meal options on a daily basis. Please see our menu page for more information.

The Academy provides:

  • Specialist status in Mathematics and the Performing Arts, offering a wide variety of opportunities to every student.
  • Excellent teaching which is continually monitored to improve practice.
  • Depth before breadth: an intense focus on English and Mathematics to raise attainment and provide a sound foundation for the whole curriculum.
  • A curriculum that supports individual needs and facilitates individual acceleration.
  • A strong culture defined by mutual respect and good behaviour.
  • Regular assessments so that parents can follow their child’s progress.
  • Encouragement to participate and excel in every aspect of Academy life.
  • An ethos that celebrates success, while challenging every student to realise their potential.
  • High quality enrichment classes, educational visits and extracurricular events.
  • High quality learning environment, with a new planned partial rebuild including a sixth form.
  • High quality science facilities including two new labs.
  • Individual music tuition.
  • Excellent sporting facilities, including a 20 metre indoor heated swimming pool, kayaks, large sports hall, multi gym and outdoor floodlit multi use games area.
  • Breakfast is provided for all students from 8am onwards. A mid-morning snack is provided for all students, every day.
  • Part of a network of schools with specialist support.
  • The Academy has a Christian ethos and we welcome students of all faiths, or none.

School trips are a great opportunity to learn outside the classroom in new, interesting and practical ways. They form an integral part of a Charter Academy and we want each student to experience at least one trip per year.

Experiencing something in real life on a school trip that students have learnt about in the classroom helps it make much more sense. Examples of the trips that we run at Charter Academy to experience learning in action include:

  • Theatre trips to see plays pupils are studying in English and Drama lessons.
  • Field trips to enrich the geography curriculum.
  • Trips to museums to support the history curriculum.
  • Excursions to local attractions to discover the local community.
  • Visits to various universities to discover what university life is like.
  • Sailing experiences.
  • Forest School.
  • Workshops at local colleges.