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6 December 2019


Dear parent carer

Monday 9 December – Full closure for KS3 only

I am writing to advise you that we have reluctantly decided to close KS3 all day on Monday 9 December.  This applies to years 7-9 only.  The Academy will remain open for KS4 and KS5.


We continue to have major issues with staffing, with nearly one third of teachers off sick today.  I am already aware that I have a high number of staff certified as sick for Monday, meaning that we will be unable to cover classes effectively. 


However, by having years 10-13 in school we can continue to provide these exam groups with a quality experience.


I expect all students to return to the Academy on Tuesday 10 December.


Thank you for your support.


Kind regards


Alison Downey




6th Form Shadowfax Racing

Ark schools were invited to take part in the very first 2018 racing programme. 

Shadowfax Racing, established in 2014, is a sailing charity giving young people, who wouldn’t otherwise get the chance, the opportunity to become part of a competitive race team.  

Initially, 7 of our Year 12 students took part in the taster day for the Shadowfax racing programme. All the students got the chance to captain one of three racing yachts and two students are now going forward to a 7 session racing programme.

In the next stages of the prgramme, the Trainees will learn not only how to sail and race, but will also develop the social and communication skills needed to be part of a strong team.  It enables them to demonstrate that they have commitment, drive and resilience and gives them confidence to try new things, meet new people and hopefully learn a love of sailing.