Ofsted visit and other information
We are pleased to inform you that a team from Ofsted will be visiting our Academy on the 17th and 18th October. Please read this information - Letter from the Principal, Letter from Ofsted, School Inspections - a guide for parents.
Please be aware that St Helen’s Road will close to traffic from 7am on Monday, October 9 and is scheduled to reopen at 5pm on Friday, December 1. The closure will be in place 24 hours a day during this time, with a diversion in place via Elphinstone Road, The Ridge, Junction Road and Sedlescombe Road North in both directions. Further information can be found on the East Sussex Highways website.
Ofsted and performance data
Extracts from our Ofsted report:
- “The academy promotes inclusion and equality of opportunity.”
- "[The school has] a good range of academic and vocational qualifications to meet students' abilities and aspirations."
- “The academy places great importance on students’ well-being and personal development... Students say that they feel safe and well supported...”
- “[Students] ... show a good level of respect towards each other, as well as the school environment ...”
- “Literacy across the curriculum is well supported across all subjects with attention to reading, writing and subject specific words.”
- “The number of English and mathematics lessons has had a positive impact on students’ literacy, reading and mathematical skills.”
- "Teachers’ relationships with students are positive.”
The July 2015 Ofsted report can be found here.
Ofsted Visit 2016
The Academy received a Section 8 monitoring visit on Monday 7th March 2016. We are delighted that the inspector recognised the impact of the hard work of students and staff and judged us to be an improving academy. Letter from the inspector is available here.
The Department for Education's school performance data for the school can be found by clicking here.
Our Ofsted data dashboard can be found here.
2017 Examination Results Headlines
The GCSE examination results for Ark William Parker show that the academy has made progress this year. After a dip in results in 2016, we are pleased to report that our headline figures demonstrate that we are moving in the right direction. Whilst we have made some progress in our GCSE progress 8, we are unrelenting in our drive and determination to achieve at least in line with national progress.
Our progress 8 grade evidences that students make on average -0.2 grades less than other students nationally in their GCSE subjects. We are confident that over the course of the next year, progress will improve further and that our students will make progress in line with their peers nationally. Our attainment 8 grade means that our students achieved just below a C grade on average in their GCSE subjects this year.
Individual outcomes for students were excellent for many boys and we are working hard to ensure that outcomes for all boys are excellent in the coming years.
3% of students achieved all components of the English Baccalaureate in 2017. This represents an 83% pass rate for the students who entered all components (English, maths, double science, a humanities subject and a modern foreign language).
Other High Achievers
Matthew achieved 1 x 9, 1 x 7, 3 x A*, 3 x A. He hopes to become a Lawyer and has his sights set on the top universities and would like to go to an Oxbridge university.
On exams results day, Matthew said “I was nervous when I woke up this morning. I’m pleasantly surprised with my results and I feel quite overwhelmed and a little shaky.”
He continued “I can’t thank my teachers enough. I really wouldn't have been as confident in my exams without them all.
Liam achieved 1 x 7, 1 x 6, 1 x A*, 5 x A, 1 x B and said “I felt nervous but I’m pretty satisfied with my results.”
Callum achieved 2 x 7, 1 x A*, 2 x A and 4 x B and said “This morning I was nervous but I found it helpful being accompanied by my friends. After opening my results I’m really happy because it acts as confirmation that my hard work paid off. I was relieved to finish school but now even more relieved to achieve the grades I needed.”
Another top performer Kelland achieved 1 x 8, 1 x 6, 1 x A*, 4 x A, 2 x B.
Matthew Case study
Matthew has just finished his GCSE’s taking his options in History, Triple Science and Economics and plans to take A-Levels in History, Economics and Business.
Matthew took part in the Villiers Park scholarship programme and said;
‘It was the best part of my school experience. Every year you do a three day residential where you go up to Foxton in Cambridge. You do subject based things. Last year was coding which was really good. I made a lot of new friends. It means you know a lot more people.’
During his time at Ark William Parker, Matthew was grateful for the support he received from teachers leading up to his GCSE exams.
‘Year 10 was my hardest year. This new pressure of GCSE’s suddenly coming in.’
‘The support during GCSE’s was good from all my teachers. In the sciences, all the teachers were really helpful especially Mrs Parsons who put on revision sessions every Saturday and after school every day.’
‘Year 11, I had a really good English teacher, Miss Whitby who interacted with us brilliantly.’
‘And I can’t thank my other teachers enough - my R.E. teacher, Mrs Iglinski and Maths teacher Mr Button. I really wouldn't have been as confident in my exams without them all.’
Matthew has been at Ark William Parker since 2012 and said of his time here: ‘I’ve really enjoyed my time here and I think the behaviour has improved drastically since Ark and our Principal, Miss Newman started at the school.’
Matthew is a keen footballer and has enjoyed the footballing side of Ark William Parker and was in the team who won last year’s District Cup.
Progress students make in the sixth form
The sixth form results this year were slightly lower than the excellent results of the previous year in terms of A-Level results at the end of Key Stage 5. The vocational results show better progress and attainment.
Attainment and progress
Progress in English and Maths
§ no official national statistics available for comparison. This national average is taken from the analysis at http://educationdatalab.org.uk/2017/08/measuring-two-year-retention-post...
We are delighted with the improved Year 12 results this year. We are determined that we will be relentless in our strive for excellence for all of our students. Retention from Year 12 into Year 13 has been strong which shows that our students are being given good advice and guidance with the courses that select.
We are delighted to report that 100% of our students in Year 13 have final destinations. 59% of our boys gained a university place with 17% going onto Russell Group universities. We are also very proud that 17% of our students have gained places on apprenticeships, many with nationally recognised providers.
Christopher Case Study
Ark 6th Form student Christopher is looking forward to university following the results of his A-Level’s in Business, Politics, and Economics. He already knows he has achieved a distinction in Business through his coursework and is planning to go to Loughborough University to study Business, Economics, and Finance.
Christopher has an interest in how businesses operate and whilst studying for his exams, Christopher juggled a job in retail. Looking to the future, Christopher has high ambitions and with a passion for business and finance he would like to consider a career in investment banking after university.
Reflecting on his time at the Ark 6th Form, Christopher praised his teachers for getting him through his studies and preparing him for his exams and was able to receive a distinction in his Business A-Level.
‘I think that was mainly down to the teacher…He really pushed us to make sure that we all got the best grade, and in that class, in my class and across the year we all did really well.’ ‘He’s pushing you to get the best out of yourself without you even realising it’
Christopher enjoyed his time at Ark 6th Form and was grateful for the support he received from his teachers who he felt he could go to at any time.
‘I think somewhere like here where you want that support or just want security in that if you have a problem you can go to your teacher and you can talk to them… if I had a question I could ask it whenever.’
Christopher was also one of several students to receive a bursary to help with his time at University. Christopher was awarded the Marshall Wace bursary and said,
‘The bursary from Ark will help massively. £3,000 a year is a huge amount of money. It offers me extra financial security and I know I can get all the stuff I know I need for university and have the money to live comfortably and know I won’t be without.’
Dillan Case Study
Ark William Parker’s Head Boy Dillan has just finished his GCSEs and is now planning to continue his studies at Ark 6th Form in September to study A-Levels in Biology, Economics, Geography and Psychology.
Dillan has high aspirations and hopes to go to Oxford University to study Law.
He has been in a fortunate position to be chosen by Ark William Parker to take part in residential trips to Oxford University and it is these trips that inspired him to consider Oxford as a destination for a law degree.
‘They chose us to go over to Oxford and live the Oxford life for a week, and then we came back in Easter and prepared for our GCSEs.’
Alongside the visit to Oxford University, Dillan has been offered another life enhancing experience and is one of a few students across the Ark network that has been chosen to take part in an 18 day expedition with Outward Bound Canada which is provided by the Stuart Horne Bursary and seeks to support teenagers through funding scholarships to universities, schools and outdoor leadership/wilderness programs.
The aim is to provide transformational experiences by taking students out of their normal, routine environment, and supporting them in a space where they can engage with nature, face impactful challenges, and work in a team environment. On the trip Dillan will learn outdoor survival and adventure skills, get to hike through mountain ranges and learn to canoe and camp.
But not everything has been plain sailing for Dillan and in his early years at Ark William Parker he struggled with school life, but fortunately things started to turn around for him when teachers intervened and set him back on the right path. He credits his teachers for their support and understanding.
‘When I was in Year seven there was the Senior Leadership team members who were really nice… I got along with them a lot. You had Miss Cook was here up until Year 9, and she was constantly helping me through all my problems. And I think that’s why I started going on the right path.’
Considering his time at Ark William Parker he praises the experience and the teachers who were there for him through the tough times.
‘I still think it was a brilliant experience. If I went anywhere else I wouldn’t be the same person.’ ‘the teachers were always there for you.’
William Case Study
Among those Hastings students off to university in the summer is Ark 6th Form East Sussex student William who is set to study Sociology at Newcastle University with hopes to go on to a Post-grad Masters and PHD, and is aiming for a future career in social work or youth offending.
His time at school and studying Sociology has given him a desire to understand different cultures and he hopes to be able to travel the world visiting far flung places after his further education.
‘I want to go travelling and experience cultures as it’s all well and good learning about cultures in sociology but we’ve got to truly experience them to understand them.’
William took A-Levels in Biology, Sociology, Philosophy and Ethics and praises his teachers throughout his time at Ark William Parker and the Ark 6th Form for their support and really understanding him.
‘They’ve just been there. They know what you are like, they know your skills and weaknesses… and they could tailor their teaching towards me specifically.’
Outside of his studies William took part in the county run LGBT youth group ‘Some People’. Participating for 4 years, he experienced the work of social workers which sparked his interest in a possible career in this field.
‘I saw how much they helped…I saw how they shaped these broken children into the adults they are now.’
Reflecting on his experience at the Ark 6th Form, William would recommend it to future students.
‘I like the fact the sixth form is small, because you knew everyone and everyone knows everyone.’
‘I would recommend it for the teaching and I would recommend it on the idea of being small and quite close knit.’
William was one of a few students to receive a bursary from the Driver Youth Trust from Ark, the network of high-performing schools which includes four schools in Hastings. Each year, the Driver Youth Trust helps talented Ark students headed for top universities, who might not otherwise be able to afford higher education, with expenses like accommodation and subsistence.
‘I was ecstatic that I got it. It will take away financial stress. I’m going to Newcastle and so I’m fully flying the nest and I feel that having that money will be a back-up.’ Having extra money in my pocket for rent, for food and clothes, as well as for laptops and study aids.’