Distance Learning at Ark Kings

Although the building may be closed, Ark Kings Academy is still open for learning. Click below to access your distance learning resources and online lessons:




Wednesday 25th March:

  • The Academy is closed to all pupils until further notice, except for vulnerable children and children of key workers.
  • The Academy will operate distance learning arrangements which can be accessed here.
  • For school closure updates click here.

Record GCSE performance at Ark Kings!

Students at Ark Kings are celebrating the highest ever results in Maths and English, with 64% of students achieving a grade 4 in both English and Maths and 36% achieving a grade 5. This is a significant increase when compared to the grades achieved last year (9-4 58%, 9-5 28%). It is likely that the Progress 8 score will also be higher, at 0. This indicates that students have made good progress across a range of subjects since they started secondary school in Y7.

There were strong performances across a wide range of subjects, and below are some of the highlights:

  • 78% of students achieved grade 4 or higher in English Literature
  • 95% of students achieved grade 4 or higher in Music
  • 24% of students achieved grade 7 or above in Religious Education
  • There were also a number of students who achieved a grade 9 - the highest possible grade, awarded to the top 1% of students. Grade 9s were achieved in the following subjects:
  • Science, English Literature, Religious Education, PE, Spanish, Maths, Italian, History

We are incredibly proud of all of our students, and we know that they will go on to be successful in the next stage of their education and training. Not only has this cohort achieved well academically, but they have also shown excellent character through their outstanding attitude to learning and attendance throughout their time at Ark Kings. They have set a high standard for the class of 2020 to meet!

It would be impossible to celebrate the success of each student individually, but below are a number of students who have achieved an set of excellent results.

The following students achieved high grades across all of their subjects, including the top grades 9 – 7, which would be the equivalent of A* - A on the old GCSE grading system.

Jamie:             9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8, 8, 6

Sheima:          8, 8, 7, 7, 7, 7, 6, 6, 4,

Ruben:            9, 9, 9, 6, 6, 6, 6, 5, 5

Charlie S:       8, 8, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 6, 6

Olivia:             8, 8, 8, 8, 7, 6, 6, 5, 4

Ayshah:          9, 8, 7, 7, 6, 6, 5, 5, 4

Amy:               8, 7, 6, 6, 6, 6, 5, 5, 5

Nathan:          8, 7, 6, 6, 6, 6, 5, 5, 4

Efe:                 9, 7, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 5, 5

Jaabir:            7, 7, 7, 6, 6, 6, 5, 5, 4

Kat:                 9, 7, 6, 6, 6, 6, 5, 5, 5,

Mackenzie:     8, 7, 6, 6, 6, 5, 5, 5, 5

“I am absolutely over the moon. The best part of today was opening up my results and the sense of relief after the long wait over summer and all of the hard work I had put into my exams.” - Kat

“This is great. I was expecting to get good grades, but I was starting to have doubts over the summer - I’d been having nightmares about failing science, but I got a grade 8-7 so I’m really happy!” - Charlie

“I’m really pleased with my grades in Spanish, English literature and History – I got a grade 8 in all three! I’m now going to Kings Norton Girls School to study these subjects at A-Level.” - Olivia

“I expected to get good results because I felt confident in all of the exams after paying attention in lessons.” - Efe


The following students had some of the highest progress scores in the whole year group. A progress score of +1 means that the student achieved on average one whole grade higher than other students nationally who had the same KS2 SATs score. We are really proud of these students because their grades show how much they have worked throughout their time at secondary school to improve their school results.

Darcie             +1.66              Gawahir         +1.32               Will B             +1.23

Laura              +1.13              Adam              +1.12               Evan               +1.12

Elise                +1.02             Gabija             +1.00              Ibrahima        +0.87

Caitlin H        +0.82


Adam: “I’m ecstatic! I got a 7 in English Language and was only expecting a 5, and I got a 5 in Maths, which I found really difficult. Overall I’ve got what I need to go and study mechanical engineering at level 3."

Darcie: “I’m pleased with most of my results – for example my English grade. Even the couple of results that I’m a bit disappointed with, I know I can go on to study at college and work hard to keep improving.”