Ofsted and performance data

ARK Kings Academy was inspected by Ofsted in September 2014 and HMI returned to the academy in January 2015 for a monitoring visit.

During the January 2015 Section 8 Inspection the Inspector found that "Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement."

The report clearly recognises the progress we have made at ARK Kings over recent months, such as the significant increase in GCSE results in summer 2014, and outlines those areas where we must focus our efforts in order to improve further.

Inspectors saw evidence that standards are improving, particularly in reading and mathematics – highlighted by the summer 2014 GCSE results which almost doubled those of the previous year. The achievements and progress of our students who are disabled, or who have special educational needs, was noted as being particularly good, and often better than students nationally.

“The new Principal has a clear vision for the academy and his ambitions are shared by the students, parents and staff.”

The inspectors are confident that the school leadership team has a clear focus on ensuring that students make the progress expected of them, and that staff are fully committed to rapidly raising standards. The report highlights that our teachers have strong relationships with our students and parents, and that the quality of teaching is improving across the academy.

“All the students who left the academy in 2014 at the end of Year 11 secured a place in further education, employment and training.”

Our range of enrichment activities was highlighted as a particular strength, alongside our broad and balanced curriculum. Also noted is our support for students in the next stage of their education or employment with all of our students who left at the end of Year 11 in 2014 securing a place in further education, employment or training.

“Students’ behaviour…is calm and purposeful.”

The behaviour of our students was another strength identified in the report with inspectors describing it as “calm and purposeful”. Attendance is also getting much better and parents and students alike agree that students are safe in the academy and that the work of the academy to keep students safe and secure is “good”.

ARK Kings will continue to work with other local schools run by the ARK network, including Birmingham’s St Alban’s Academy which is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, as we continue our journey towards outstanding.

You can download the final report by clicking on the Ofsted website below:

ARK Kings Academy Ofsted report October 2014

Click here to read the letter from Ofsted following the section 8 inspection in January 2015.

Performance Data 

You can find additional information about ARK Kings Academy's performance by visiting Ofsted's School Data Dashboard:

Ofsted School Data Dashboard for ARK Kings Academy

You can view ARK Kings Academy's performance data on the Department for Education website:

Department for Education School Performance Tables for ARK Kings Academy

2015 Key Stage 4 Results 

Students at Ark Kings Academy celebrated their best set of GCSE results yet with the number of students achieving five A*- C grades, including English and maths, reaching 51% at Kings, up 5% on 2014.  The GCSE Results this year represent another year of improvement and the best ever results for the academy which has seen GCSE results more than double since joining the Ark network in 2012.

Student progress is now significantly above the national average at Ark Kings Academy with 87% of students making expected or better than expected progress in English, and 73% in maths - 62% of students achieved grades A* - C in these core subjects.  There were also notable successes in Art with 92% of students achieving A* - C, 77% in Science and 70% in ICT.

There were GCSE success stories in all areas of the school with some of the notable subject specific headlines including:

  • English (language) achieved 62% A* to C with 83% making nationally expected progress and over 35% exceeding nationally expected progress.
  • Mathematics achieved 62% A* to C with 73% making nationally expected progress and over 32% exceeding nationally expected progress.
  • Science achieved 77% A*-C with at least one GCSE and 38% achieving two science GCSEs,  BTEC Science also performed well with 80% of students earning a C grade equivalent or better.
  • Art achieved 94% A*-C
  • ICT achieved 70% A*-C
  • Music achieved 67% A*-C
  • RE achieved 62% A*-C
  • Top grades of A* were achieved in RE, English Language,  Mathematics, Science, and ICT.
Percentage achieving 5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalents) including English and maths GCSEs 51%
Percentage achieving A*-C in English and maths GCSEs 54%
Percentage of pupils achieving the EBacc 15%
Percentage of pupils making expected progress in English 83%
Percentage of pupils making expected progress in maths 73%


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.