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

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
3% Foundation course

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.