School Update (4th April 2020)

We are currently recruiting for a number of roles for September 2020. Please visit our virtual recruitment page for details of the exciting positions that we have and for further details on the virtual application process

Dear Parents/ Carers, we have now come to the end of what has been a challenging term for all. During the Spring break Ark Boulton will continue to support our families and are available to be contacted through our email: info@arkboulton.org. Please continue to monitor your SMS messages and post as these we will be our primary methods of contact in the coming weeks. Our teachers are working to ensure that the website is continually updated with new learning content and we will be sending further guidance in time for the new term. We recently sent a text message with a link to a short survey regarding access to online materials at home. Please complete this so that we are able to support and tailor the resources we provide. Finally, we must continue to show our support for NHS and all other keyworkers who continue to serve on the frontline, by staying indoors and practicing social distancing should you need to go out.

As you are no doubt aware Year 11s will not be sitting formal GCSE examinations this Summer. We are currently receiving guidance from Ofqual on how grades will be attained by students. We will, of course update our Year 11 families and parents as soon as we have definitive details.

Please click here if you need any additional information regarding free school meals.

We all have our part to play in helping to stop the spread of Coronavirus. This means we must stay at home to protect the NHS and help save lives. Please continue to follow health guidance from the NHS and the Government.

Thank you to everyone for your understanding during these challenging times and a heartfelt thanks to our NHS and key workers who are working so hard to look after us all.

If you need to contact the school, please email: info@arkboulton.org

Big Energy Saving Week 2020

This week is Energy Saving Week. At Ark Boulton we encourage our students to look beyond themselves and think about the impact they make on the world around them. In terms of energy, their choices have an impact on the environment, but in the day-to-day focus of using computers, lights, PlayStation and more this can easily be forgotten.  

In many ways, the ease at which we use technology, with little regard for how everything works is a reminder of how lucky we are to live in such a developed country. By comparison, in other countries electricity and fuels are either lacking or a cause for other issues – making what we consider the basic ‘necessities’ far from reach. According to the UN: 

  • 13% of the global population still lacks access to modern electricity. 
  • 3 billion people rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating 
  • Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Indoor air pollution from using combustible fuels for household energy caused 4.3 million deaths in 2012, with women and girls accounting for 6 out of every 10 of these. 

It is for this reason that the UN have made access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy the 7th sustainable development goal, to be achieved by 2030. This involves a great deal of work throughout this decade to make large and impactful changes. 

Often when we discuss energy saving, we may just be thinking about our bank balance. However, energy saving also involves changing habits and finding new innovative ways to run the world at the same speed that we have become accustomed to. After all, CO2 emissions and the use of fossil fuels are causing an impact on the climate that cannot be reversed. 

Through our science lessons, we try to increase our student's awareness of these challenges, so that they can be better informed and more conscientious members of society. Not only do we talk about energy saving, but as a school we have also applied energy saving tips such as the use of sensor lights and actively recycling materials wherever possible. These small changes help us demonstrate to our students the practical ways in which they too can make a difference. 

Why do we put so much emphasis on energy saving? 

At Ark Boulton we place a lot of importance on being good people and helping each other. One of the best ways to do this is by caring for our environment and the world around us – as these are natural resources that cannot be replaced. If our students are well intentioned and apply the virtues that are integral to our curriculum, they will also understand the importance of making the world a better place – not just for themselves, but for those that will come after them.