Vision and values

At Ark William Parker we strive for high standards, helping every student to reach their full potential and preparing them for university or a career of their choice. In a rapidly changing world, we aim to equip them with the qualifications, skills and global perspective to give them success today and be prepared for tomorrow. 

We promote a love of learning that goes beyond the classroom and gives our students the best possible start for a successful, fulfilling and happy life where they are valued members of their communities.

In addition, the encouragement of soft skills, self-confidence, compassion, personal responsibility and leadership means that the academy provides an excellent all-round education where students feel they belong and can develop academically, socially and emotionally.

High Expectations

In this academy we have very high expectations of every student. 

With excellent teaching every student can realise their academic potential and, by the age of 18, we expect every student to be appropriately qualified to go on to university or pursue the career of their choice. 

At Ark William Parker Academy we believe that everyone in our learning community is capable of excellence. We care for and respect everyone in the academy community. We do not accept any excuses.

We expect all students to take a range of at least eight key subjects which offer a broad and balanced educational experience. We set rigorous targets for every student, expecting each and every one of them to make strong progress from their starting point at the beginning of Year 7 and therefore to hit the targets set.

We expect that many of our students will stay with us through to sixth form and there too we set challenging targets which, if achieved, will prepare students for the best universities and a range of career destinations.

We work closely with the Ark network to foster strong relationships with universities and our students have access to Ark’s University Success Programme. Through Ark, our sixth form students can apply for a number of higher education bursaries.

Knowing every child

Ark William Parker Academy is committed to providing the very best care and support for all our students. Every student will be a member of a year group led by a Head of Year and team of tutors. This team will gain an excellent knowledge of the students in their care and ensure that each is appropriately supported and challenged. 

Our experienced Special Educational Needs Team ensures that specialist support is promptly put in place for any student experiencing difficulties. 

The academy is committed to ensuring that each student is individually supported in maximising their academic and social potential.


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