Striving for excellence
We’ve been celebrating a successful year so far with strong GCSE results that place Ark Putney in the top 20% nationally for progress and ahead of other schools in the local area. This reflects our excellent teaching and the dedication of our staff both to the students and each other. In Agust 2017 one third of our A-Level entries were graded A*-A. Our students consistently recieve offers from top institutions, in the last 5 years, 3 students have received university offers from Oxford and Cambridge. These reflect just some of the school’s successes that led Ofsted to award Ark Putney an overall 'Good' rating in April 2017.
"Since starting at Ark Putney in September 2018 I've had what I'd call a colourful 15 months! I was initially attracted to the ATT programme because it enabled me to begin teaching straight away and have ownership over my classes. This responsibility from Day 1 is not without challenges, but the support at APA has been brilliant and I have been learning (and, hopefully, improving) every day. The freedom to teach independently has been balanced with regular line management advice, individual coaching, group CPD sessions and lots of constructive and actionable feedback which continues to be of huge support. Meeting up weekly with Ark trainees from other schools during my first year was always insightful to develop good practice (and share our humorous tales of woe) to ensure we were continually reflecting and progressing. The commitment from both staff and students at APA is inspiring; no one day is the same and there is never a dull moment!" - Hannah Greason
"You simply can’t fault the support you receive at APA. Staff will always make time to help you, I can’t speak for everyone but my mentor goes above and beyond in ensuring my training year goes as smoothly as possible and is someone I can always count on"
- Duncan Rees
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 offer The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) 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.
Be part of a network
Joining our school means becoming part of a network of education experts who are all united by the same purpose - a commitment to making a difference where it matters most. You will have the opportunity to come together with your peers locally, nationally and sometimes even internationally, to share resources, learning and good practice. You'll also be supported to focus on what you do best. We are always looking for ways to take away additional pressures, to give you more freedom to concentrate on improving education outcomes for young people. We offer support beyond the classroom; from prioritising strong behaviour management strategies to giving you access to our award-winning data management platform.
Have an impact far beyond your own school
If you want to be part of the effort to advance and improve education, join Ark. From creating and working with new curricula and teaching techniques, to collaborating with other schools and partners to share what works, we’re always aiming for system change. Through Ark Ventures, we incubate, launch and scale initiatives, such as Mathematics Mastery, English Mastery, Institute for Teaching and Ambition School Leadership, that address some of the most intractable issues in education and society – in the UK and around the world.