The DNA Of Ark Kings Academy
Is based on the six pillars of Ark Schools and developed into our own unique ‘feel’ generated by a genuine buy in for our core values. Our values are also underpinned by our habits and ‘the way we do things around here’. We believe that in Ark Kings Academy the following principles are tangible and central to achieving our mission from Reception through to Year 11.
1. Excellent teaching
We work side-by-side with our teaching staff, supporting them with training and development so that they can deliver excellent teaching. To make sure that no pupil is left behind, we've developed data management tools which help monitor progress - this shows when pupils need extra support.
2. High expectations
We believe that every child can achieve great things. So we set exceptionally high expectations for all our pupils, and we do whatever it takes to meet them. Our aspirations are no lower for our most vulnerable pupils.
3. Exemplary behaviour
Our school is characterised by a respectful and orderly environment, where our teachers can focus on teaching and our pupils can focus on learning. We teach, recognise and reinforce good behaviour, and we don't tolerate poor behaviour. We don't accept any excuses, and we don't make any either.
4. Knowing every child
We organise our school so that every child knows, and is known well by, every adult in the school.
We also recognise that children do best when families and schools work together. We keep parents well informed about children's targets, and we involve families in all aspects of school life.
5. Depth before breadth
When children build firm foundations in English and maths, they find it easier to do well in other subjects too. That's why we prioritise depth in these subjects, giving our pupils the best chance of success.
We've developed Mathematics Mastery, which aims to improve attainment, enjoyment and confidence in maths. This approach is based on tried and tested methods from around the world, and is also endorsed by Ofsted. As well as working in partnership with Ark schools, Mathematics Mastery also partners with over 250 schools outside Ark.
To nurture a love of reading and develop fluent communication skills, we also dedicate more time to literacy and English. We work with Drive for Literacy to make sure that all of our teachers recognise the barriers that children face in building literacy skills, and we offer tools and expertise to enable teachers to best support students who need more help.
6. More time for learning
To make sure children have enough time both for core subjects and for extra-curricular activities, many of our schools run a longer school day. Others are open at weekends and during school holidays, offering masterclasses and revision sessions. Many Ark schools offer residential stays, day trips and summer schools. In every school, no time is wasted - every hour of every day is devoted to children learning.