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:

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a grant given to schools for each child who currently claims free school meals, or who has done so in the past. 

Research has shown that children who receive free school meals do not attain as highly as other children in school. The government provides the Pupil Premium grant to enable schools to commission/allocate additional support to ensure that they do. This support can be provided in a short burst, or over a longer time period, as required. It may take the form of 1-1 or small group teaching and may be an evidence based intervention. It can also take the form of additional resources, enrichment or access to opportunities that enhance learning and or aspiration.

Ark Boulton Academy, like all Ark academies, receives pupil premium in respect of our most disadvantaged pupils. Each academy plans their academic support and intervention according to the needs of their individual students and states how the support is used on their school website. 

You can read information on Ark Boulton Academy's Pupil Premium Policy here.


Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each Year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. It is provided to all state-funded schools with a Year 7 cohort, including special schools, alternative provision (AP) settings and pupil referral units (PRUs).

Funding for the 2016 to 2017 financial year has been allocated to schools based on the number of eligible pupils listed in autumn 2015 census returns and the 2015 Key Stage 2 assessments.

You can read more about Ark Boulton's Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium in this document - Catch Up Premium 2019 - 2020

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