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.


Why work for us?

Our success has been down to the hard work of our staff, which is why we are so dedicated to developing and supporting you.

Ark Charter Academy is a school that shows the impact great teaching can have. Before becoming an Ark school, 22% of students achieved 5 A*-C at GCSE (including English and maths). Charter is now one of the most improved schools in the country and the success rate now sits at 73%.  This transformation was recently praised by the Prime Minister when he visited the school.

This would not have been possible without great teachers which why we offer the very best training and support for all of our staff at every stage of their career. We provide regular coaching sessions, weekly departmental meetings, twice as many training days as standard, plenty of collaboration in school and across the Ark network.

Our CPD offer is tailored based on the individual needs of the teacher and the department and caters for staff at every stage of their career with strands for NQTs, middle leaders and senior leaders.

Charter’s is a culture that encourages creativity and flexibility in approaches to teaching and learning. “It is not about one particular lesson plan or style, it’s about doing what is best for your class.”

We take your wellbeing is taken seriously, all meetings are scheduled for within the working day, teachers have more free periods than county council schools and we have even appointed a Staff Wellbeing Coordinator. 

“The school is really accommodating and really tries to treat staff as individuals and look after their individual needs.”

Are you interested in training to become a teacher at Charter Academy? Find out more at

Interested in training with Ark or finding out more? Get in touch or take a look at our list of vacancies.