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:

Virtual School

Through the virtual school we are providing your child with the appropriate standard and amount of work to be completed at home.

Your child should use Ark Boulton’s virtual school resources whilst the academy building is closed.

Support For: Resources Available
Key Stage 3 (Lower School) KS3 Virtual School     

KS3 Seneca Learning Platform

Year 7 Independent Learning

Year 8 Independent Learning

Year 9 Independent Learning

Extended Learning

Key Stage 4 (Upper School) KS4 Virtual School     

KS4 Seneca Learning Platform

Year 10 Independent Learning

Year 11 Independent Learning

Year 11 Exam Preparation

Extended Learning

Parents Supporting Our Parents


How you can support your child

Whilst operating the Virtual School, you can help to create the right conditions for learning at home.

Your child should give full attention their work and should work free from distractions; so it is important that they work alone and in silence. If possible, your child should have access to a quiet place to study with a desk and no distractions. They may need to use their mobile phone to access work that has been set online but it is advised that you monitor this so that they are not being distracted.

A daily routine is really important. Try to make sure that your child gets up at their usual time and follows their daily timetable (as shown on their Virtual School page). As well as giving a sense of normality, it will also ensure that weaker subjects are not neglected. Your child will potentially be distracted by the draw of video games, television and social media. However, we suggest that these are used as a reward at the end of a day of studying, rather than throughout the day.

  • We advise your child has regular breaks to keep them motivated and able to maintain a high standard of concentration and work.
  • If there is only one laptop or PC available, you may need to give priority to children in examination year groups.
  • Students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 will we able to complete 3 hours of learning to complete per day using online resources.
  • Students in Year 10 and Year 11 will be able to complete 6 hours of learning per day using online resources plus homework.
  • Examination groups in Year 11 are also expected to complete additional revision activities as they would if the school were open. Download guidance for parents in support of GCSE Revision.

We have provided additional support for you on our Supporting Our Parents page, where you can find ideas and resources to help you.