Important News

Admissions         

Are you looking for a school place for your child? We still have nursery and reception places available and would love for your child to join the Ark Paddington Green and King Solomon Academy family.

From September 2019, following the merger with King Solomon Academy, all pupils at Ark Paddington Green will become King Solomon Academy pupils and there will be one admission point to King Solomon Academy. The Reception and Nursery Open days are:

Tuesday 11th December at 2pm starting at King Solomon Academy Younger Years Site (Crompton Street, London W2 1ND, currently Ark Paddington Green), then moving to the Older Years Site at 3pm and ending at 3.30pm.

Wednesday 9th January at 9am starting at King Solomon Academy Older Years Site (Penfold Street, NW1 6RU), then moving to the Younger Years Site (Crompton Street, London W2 1ND) where the tour starts at 10am and finishes at 10.30am.

Reception: By choosing Ark Paddington Green and King Solomon Academy for your child's school, you are placing them in an all-through school with an automatic place in primary and secondary. For more information please click here, and to apply please click here to complete an e-Admissions form.

Nursery:  Our nursery provision is supported by dedicated leadership and fully qualified staff, thus ensuring your child is provided with outstanding education and life changing opportunities. For more information please click here, and to apply please click here to complete an e-Admissions form.

Our Six Pillars

All Ark schools have their own ethos, uniform and character. But we all share the same mission: to make sure that every pupil can go to university or into the career of their choice. To achieve our mission, our schools follow the same set of underlying principles. We call these the Six Pillars.

1. Excellent teaching

A teacher affects a pupil's achievement more than any other factor. We work side-by-side with 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 teachers to monitor progress - this shows when pupils, or indeed teaching staff, 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 schools are characterised by a respectful and orderly environment, where teachers can focus on teaching and 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 schools 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.

Ark 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 all our primary schools, Mathematics Mastery also partners with over 500 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.