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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.


Vision and values

Our Vision:

“We want every student to become compassionate, academically successful, valued members of our community”

We embody this by adopting the three values: Justice, Courage and Respect. We are committed to ensuring the Charter community of staff and students live by these three values and promote them through our everyday lives, whilst also promoting the six Charter skills:

Honesty – Charter students have the courage to be honest, having faith in forgiveness.

Kindness – Charter students respect themselves and each other, always showing kindness.

Independence – Charter students have the courage to strive to find solutions by themselves.

Team Work –Charter students respect the opinions of others and excel at working with each other.

Determination – Charter students never give up.

Responsibility –Charter students understand the justice in accepting responsibility for their actions.

Our vision is that all our students achieve their full potential. We are committed to delivering an outstanding education within a nurturing environment where each child is able to achieve the highest possible academic outcomes. We want our students to progress to university, or a career of their choice and to lead happy, purposeful lives, so we have clear and simple expectations of all our students.

All students must:

  • Attend school every day and on time. We expect 100% attendance and punctuality.
  • Be fully equipped for lessons every day and arrive with the right attitude for learning.
  • Display excellent behaviour and determination to achieve their best.
  • Respect and value other people, irrespective of difference.
  • Show respect for the learning of others.
  • Work collaboratively with other students.
  • Listen and talk to resolve conflict.

We are a Church of England school and as such promote Christian values. We do, however, welcome students of all faiths and of none. We value our students regardless of faith.

Every day students are engaged in enjoyable, worthwhile and meaningful activities. We know we are doing our jobs if students have a sense of pride in themselves and the academy.

In June 2017 we had our SIAMS Inspection, for which we were awarded 'Good'. More details can be found in the report below:

Ark Charter Academy SIAMS report


Charter Academy is Church of England school (CofE). We are establishing a set of values which will help us to build a community together. They are based on the life and teachings of Jesus found in the Bible, but offer a foundation for life together that embraces those of all faiths and none.

Justice at Charter Academy:

Standing up for fairness and equal opportunities - defending the weak and powerless.

Students who display the Christian value of justice do not wish to achieve at the expense of others but wish to achieve so that they can support others in turn. They learn by enabling others to strive to do their best because of a drive to make the world a fairer place. They take responsibility and when they spot injustice, they ask what they could do to bring about a fairer situation. They are likely to understand that with ‘rights’ comes ‘responsibility’ and are likely to be motivated by initiatives such as raising money for charity (Pi Day, Christmas Jumper Day). They are the sort of students who will risk coming forward to tell a teacher if they know someone is being bullied.

Staff at Charter display the Christian value of justice and will ‘go the extra mile’ for disadvantaged children. They will be careful to ensure that reward systems are deployed fairly. They will be quick to offer support to others who are struggling with their practice. They are highly motivated to make the Academy a place where all can succeed. They are never prepared to ‘turn a blind eye’ on unjust situations.

  • 'The Lord God has told us what is right and what he demands: "See that justice is done; let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God.” Micah 6:8 (CEV)
  • Justice "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." John 1:9
  • The parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard shows how God goes beyond even justice and fairness, and shows abundant grace. All His workers receive a full day's pay, however long or short their day has been. Matthew 20:1-16

Courage at Charter Academy:

Enduring in our commitment to what is right and true - not giving in to discouragement.

Students who display the Christian value of courage do not give up easily and will face up to their own difficulties and the challenges that daily life may present. They are not afraid to speak up for what they believe is right and are prepared to take risks. They have a determination to see things through rather than flit from one thing to another. They may be prepared to risk their own social status by befriending children who struggle to make friends.

Staff at Charter display the Christian value of courage see the importance of standing up for their educational convictions, though they will equally be prepared to put long-term efforts into the realisation of these convictions. They will not give up on students and they will persist in attempting to address the needs of the vulnerable.

  • Jesus told his followers that, ‘If anyone wants to be my disciple, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’ (Matthew 16:24).
  • There are many stories of courage outlined in the Bible. Most famously, David is seen to be courageous in his actions against Goliath. David’s boldness of faith allows him to defeat his giant – something which the students at Charter Academy can aspire to with the help of God.

Respect at Charter Academy:

Valuing each other and celebrating our differences.

Students who display the Christian value of respect show cooperation and responsibility both at home and within the community.  They have self-respect and are confident about who they are and earn the respect of others. Students respect parents and carers. Students have respect for those in authority, cooperating with police, teachers and those who work for our safety in different ways; they are prepared to listen and learn from others who have experience. They respect that everyone's feelings should be considered; everyone's faith is sacred.

Staff at Charter display the Christian value of respect and listen to the needs of students and parents. They respect the challenges that they may face and help others when needed. Staff will encourage students to value other people's different lifestyles, beliefs and opinions.

  • “Show proper respect to everyone” (1 Peter 2:17)
  • “Don't be jealous or proud but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves.”  (Philippians 2:3)
  • “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27)
  • The people in the Temple were showing off by offering lots of money. The Widow secretly offered two mites, which is all she had.  Jesus saw this and told the Disciples that she “put more in the offering than all of the others… the others put in what they had to spare of their riches; but she ...put in all she had.” (Mark 12:41-44). The Widow’s offering shows respect to the poor. We should show respect to everyone.