Principal's Welcome to the new Academic Year 2016
I feel very proud and humbled, as I reflect upon the first year of Ark Boulton Academy and our achievements; which would not have been possible without the continued support from our community. Firstly, the success of our year 11 students, who have worked extremely hard to secure a strong set of GCSE results, which saw a 7% increase on A*-C grades, including English and Mathematics. Our students have shown remarkable strength of character, determination and commitment to ensure they achieved the results required for Post 16, for further education and university, or through training.
The Ark Music Gala, the Great Debate in London, visits to Warwick and Oxford universities and an outward bound residential in Canada are just a few of the visits and activities that our students have been able to access as part of Ark. This year Ark Boulton will be increasing its’ enrichment after school program to include chess, astronomy, cooking, debating and many more activities to support the development of our students.
The academy has also seen a lot of building work over the summer. This was to improve the learning environment for our students. New windows and roofs have been installed all around the academy. Two new drama studios and humanities rooms have been fitted. A new ‘Learning Support Centre’ which will offer extra literacy and numeracy support so our students are able to make faster progress has also been purposely designed. March 2017 will see the opening of our new reception area which will put Ark Boulton front facing onto Golden Hillock Road, with a new dining hall set for completion in September 2017.
We were delighted to welcome our new Year 7 intake this September. Starting a new school can be a daunting prospect, particularly for students starting at secondary school. Here at Ark Boulton we intend to make the transition as smooth and pleasant as possible for both students and their family. Our students took part in various induction activities to ensure a smooth transition into Ark Boulton including tours around the academy, ice breakers with students and staff, ‘get to know me’ profiles, and assemblies.
We are all looking forward to another exciting year at Ark Boulton. Our mission is that together we give each of our students the skills, personal qualities and qualifications they need to be successful at university and in the career of their choice. Together we make them role models for future generations, helping them to fulfil their potential and raise aspirations. Together we support our students to develop a lifelong love of learning, a sense of personal and civic pride and the confidence to not just navigate the modern world, but to shape it.
Principal - Ark Boulton Academy