Ofsted and performance data
We are delighted that Ofsted Inspectors have declared that Ark Kings Academy is a GOOD school.
We are very pleased the academy has been judged ‘good’ in every area and that our overall effectiveness has also been recognised as ‘good’.
- Effectiveness of leadership and management - Good
- Quality of teaching, learning and assessment - Good
- Personal development, behaviour and welfare - Good
- Outcomes for pupils – Good
- Overall effectiveness - Good
Inspectors have praised our leadership and management saying that, “The principal, senior leaders and governors share a vision to deliver high-quality teaching and learning for all pupils in the school. They are ambitious and aspirational to provide pupils with the best learning opportunities and experiences. Changes in leadership since the last inspection have skilfully realigned a knowledgeable, determined and enthusiastic team led by a principal who is totally inclusive and committed to the achievement of the pupils in his care.”
Inspectors also praised the quality of our teaching and, importantly, the strength of relationships between our staff and students. “Teachers show strong subject knowledge and enthusiasm. As a result, pupils are interested and engaged in their learning activities. Teaching makes a very positive contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This helps pupils to reflect, work well together and listen carefully to the opinions of others. Teachers establish good working relationships with pupils and they help pupils to overcome any barriers to learning they might have.”
We are particularly proud of the way that our students have been highlighted in the report with inspectors saying that, “Pupils are helpful, polite and courteous to staff, visitors and to each other. The atmosphere in school is one of tolerance, sharing and learning together. Pupils conduct themselves well around the school and the atmosphere is calm and orderly, both during and between lessons, and at breaktime and lunchtime. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are good across all years and all subjects. Pupils are punctual to lessons, bring the right equipment with them, settle quickly and approach their work with enthusiasm.”
This judgement serves to remind us all of the progress made by the academy’s pupils, staff, parents and wider community in support of our mission to be a school where every student will make excellent progress, develop outstanding character and be successful in life, education and employment.
We recognise that there is still much to do in order to achieve our mission and the academy is focussed on taking the steps necessary to become an outstanding school.
You can find additional information about ARK Kings Academy's performance by visiting Ofsted's School Data Dashboard:
You can view ARK Kings Academy's performance data on the Department for Education website:
2016 Key Stage 4 Results
With a record Progress 8 score of +0.5 (estimated), Ark Kings Academy students make significantly better progress than the national average. Year 11 students have also matched the previous record best Attainment 8 score of 4.4.
Performance in English Baccalaureate subjects continues to be strong with 63% of pupils achieving A*-C in English, along with 60% in science, 61% in additional science, 88% in Geography, 54% in mathematics and 51% in languages. Almost 50% of students achieved A*-C in both GCSE English and maths, with almost 30% of students achieving A*-C across the EBacc.
Performance in the Arts is excellent with 100% A*-C in GCSE Art and GCSE Music. Results in GCSE PE are also strong with 60% A*-C.
|Percentage achieving A*-C in English and maths GCSEs||49%|
|Percentage of pupils achieving the EBacc||29%|
|Percentage of pupils making expected progress in English||91%|
|Percentage of pupils making expected progress in maths||68%|
Student Destinations 2016
100% of students who left Ark Kings Academy went on to further education, training or employment in the summer of 2016.
|percentage of cohort||Destination|
|30%||Level 3 study|
|40%||Level 2 Study|
|19%||Level 1 Study|
|5%||Armed Forces Academy|
|3%||Full Time Employment|
Students were supported to make decisions based on a combination of their ability and interests. They were supported by their form tutors through Virtue and form time, and their applications were tracked using UCAS Progress. Students on the SEND register were given extra guidance from the SEN team and in many cases were accompanied on visits round the institutions by a member of Ark Kings staff. Equally, students with high prior attainment and with academic potential were encouraged to consider A-Levels and other Level 3 options.
Share Your Views on Ark Kings' Performance
Parents can help support Ark Kings Academy's continuous improvement by visiting the Osted Parent View website and completing. Parents can use the website to complete a survey and give their opinion on all aspects of their child's school, from from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. Ofsted then uses this information when making decisions about which schools to inspect and when.
Please note, the Parent View survey is not designed to receive complaints about schools. If you have a concern about Ark Kings, please either contact us directly by telephone or email. You can also find out how to make a formal make a formal complaint by visiting our Complaints page.