ARK Kings Academy makes progress

ARK Kings Academy students in a classroom

Today’s publication of secondary school league shows that ARK Kings Academy is making progress.

In our first year as an academy we have seen improvements in GCSE maths, science and language results, although we recognise that there is a need for further improvements in English.

GCSE maths results have increased with 57% of pupils getting A*-Cs and science results have improved from 38% to 56%. Attainment in languages has also improved with four students achieving A*s and 69% of students passing GCSE French. The achievements are impressive given that it is the first year in which our students studied a largely academic curriculum.

New leadership at the school and the support of the high performing ARK network, including other local Birmingham schools like St Alban’s, mean that we are well placed to succeed in the future.

Roger Punton, Acting Principal of ARK Kings Academy, said: “We’ve seen real improvements in GCSE results in important academic subjects like maths, science and languages. However, we still have a way to go, and with the support and expertise of ARK, we are determined to improve standards, particularly in English.

“I’m proud of all those students who worked hard to achieve in a more rigorous curriculum. We have high expectations of all our students and are working hard to give them the knowledge and skills in order to ensure they have a real chance of going to university or pursuing the career of their choice.”

Overall, 24% of pupils at ARK Kings Academy achieved 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and maths.

Tolu Odubanjo was the first Head Boy at ARK Kings Academy. He passed seven GCSEs, including four As and two Bs. He is now studying for his A levels and, ultimately, hopes to study science or engineering at university. Tolu also won a scholarship to attend summer school at the world renowned Phillips Exeter Summer School in the United States.

Tolu says: “ARK Kings is completely different now that it’s an ARK school. The mind set and attitude of pupils has changed. I look at life differently and believe I can achieve. Our teachers also constantly reinforce that belief. We’re pushed to try more, achieve more, believe more.”