ARK Kings Academy was inspected by Ofsted in September 2014. The report gave an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’. The report clearly recognises the progress we have made at ARK Kings over recent months, such as the significant increase in GCSE results this summer, 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 this summer’s 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.
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