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: 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:

Attendance Policy

Ark Boulton Academy believes that regular and punctual school attendance is vital for high achievement in order that students can reach their best potential. Good attendance and punctuality depend on a partnership between students, parents, carers, the academy and outside bodies. For its part, the academy expects the following from students and parents and itself:

Students are expected to:

  • Attend the academy regularly.
  • Arrive good time, for line-up at 8.15am each morning. (School gates close at 8.15am, so all students must be on site before this).
  • Attend all lessons promptly.

Parents are expected to:

  • Make sure that their children attend the academy regularly.
  • Make sure that their children arrive at the academy in good time, for line-up at 8.15am each morning.
  • Contact the academy by telephone (0121 773 8156) on the first day of absence and each subsequent day of absence if their child is unable to attend for any reason, followed by a written note on return.
  • Ensure that their children are in full academy uniform.
  • Ensure that their children are properly equipped for school.
  • Arrange medical appointments outside academy time where possible.
  • Ensure that no holidays are booked during term time.
  • Contact their child’s tutor to discuss any concerns that they may have and which could affect their child’s attendance.
  • Ensure that the school has up to date contact details.
  • Where a student's attendance is not good (i.e. below 96%) provide documentary evidence of medical conditions that have an ongoing effect on attendance.

Ark Boulton Academy is expected to:

  • Register students efficiently and accurately during lesson AM and again during PM in accordance with current regulations.
  • Staff are expected to use the Academy's Information Management System to record at each lesson and at registration, the attendance, lateness and authorised absence data
  • Pastoral staff will telephone parents if a child is absent.
  • If no contact is made by parents, a home visit will be carried out on the same day of absence. Home visits will also be carried out in case of prolonged absence.
  • Follow up on continued absence by inviting parents in to discuss the situation and refer poor attendance on to the relevant authorities.
  • Emphasise at all times the importance of good attendance.
  • Regard non-attendance as a safeguarding issue and take steps to address this in order to enure the safety and well being of all students. 
  • Conduct home visits to address attendance, safeguarding and well being issues. 
  • Promote attendance by taking account of each student’s individual needs.
  • Co-operate fully with other agencies to encourage punctual attendance at school.
  • Provide regular reports on each student’s attendance to parents.
  • Set demanding yet realistic targets for whole academy attendance.
  • Reward students with positive attendance.

You can read the full policy here.

Hard copies of all policy documents are available upon request from the academy reception.