Are you a great teacher? Seven great reasons to work at Ark Putney

Thursday 14 May 2015

Are you a talented teacher looking to take the next step in your career?  You should work at Ark Putney Academy – and here are seven reasons why: 

1) The beginning of an exciting new chapter

We are coming to the end of a major £30 million refurbishment; this will completely transform our community for both pupils and teachers. We have already unveiled our exceptional sports facilities –including a new four-court sports hall, an activity studio for classes such as boxing and dance, and three new outdoor games areas. We are looking forward to having a brand new art space on the top floor, along with brighter and more spacious corridors and classrooms ready for September 2015. Principal Alison Downey says, ‘a positive school environment is so important– and, by the end of this project, our teaching and learning environment will be truly exceptional.’

2) We are constantly improving

We’ve been celebrating a successful year so far with strong GCSE results that place Ark Putney above the national average and ahead of other schools in the local area. Our A-Level students have received university offers from leading institutions including Oxford and Cambridge. These reflect just some of the school’s successes that have led Ofsted to award Ark Putney an overall 'good' rating.

3) Be part of a real community

We have a proud history serving the local community, before joining the Ark network in 2012 the school was known as Elliott school and was an important part of the local community for many years. We recognise that students need more than just academic excellence to achieve, we pride ourselves on developing our students outside of the classroom, giving them the skills and opportunities they need to build strong foundations for their future. We encourage students and staff to be an active member of both our school and local community.

4) Continue to develop throughout your career

We recognise that to achieve great things, we need great people. That’s why we will help you to be the very best that you can be, throughout your entire career. We offer twice the standard number of training days – including our network-wide ‘Hub Days’ where peers join together to learn and share best practice. There are also opportunities for online training and bespoke learning and mentoring programmes.

If you're ambitious, we have a programme called "Aspiring to Headship" which identifies teachers with leadership potential, and helps them develop the skills they need to become a great head or principal. 

Ark currently has 31 schools across London, Birmingham, Hastings and Portsmouth (and we are always growing!) so when the time comes for you to move on, there are plenty of opportunities across the network.

5) You won't be bored. Ever. 

We know that an excellent education means more than just great exam results. It means building pupils’ resilience and character, helping them to be ready for the world. We encourage pupils from different Ark schools to come together and enjoy a wide variety of enrichment events, and that means opportunities for teachers to participate as well. We have spelling bees, debating contests, sports days and maths 'wrangles,' and it all culminates in the Ark Music Gala, a huge event held at a world famous venue where dozens of schools and hundreds of students perform pieces ranging from Adele to Beethoven. See for yourself:


6) Be part of something bigger

Ark Putney is part of the Ark network, a non-profit organisation that believes that every child should have the very best start in life, regardless of background, so when the time comes; they are able to go onto university on into the career of their choice.

Our approach is guided by our six pillars and it is working. Schools in the Ark network have achieved some of the best results in the country.

7) It's all about the kids. 

You probably guessed that this would be the final reason to become a teacher at an Ark school. But it's true. Ofsted recognise our commitment to our students, ‘relationships between teachers and students are good and this gives students confidence that staff want them to succeed.’