Parent / Carers: The consultation on the proposal to bring Ark William Parker and Ark Helenswood together as one co-educational school has now launched. You can find out more information and give us your views by visiting the consultation website: http://hastingsconsultation.org/
Extra-curricular activities: a new list of activities for this term can be found here.
Where do our students go next?
Ark William Parker destinations performance
We know that success at school is about more than passing exams and we are committed to ensuring that every Ark William Parker student has a positive destination after they leave us.
Year 11 Destinations
99% of Year 11 students had a confirmed post 16 destination by the end of the summer. This is compared with 93% in the East Sussex area. 16% of students stayed with us in our sixth form and the rest were supported to access great courses at a range of high quality local sixth form and further education colleges. We also had a number of students go on to apprenticeships.
Year 13 Destinations
We are very proud of our Year 13 destinations this year, which are very positive not just against the East Sussex picture but also nationally. Over 40% of students are going off to top third universities and top 100 national apprenticeship providers.
Frank - studying medicine at University College London
Frank achieved 4 As and 1 B and will be studying medicine at University College London.
When Frank opened his results, he exclaimed "It's awesome!" He went on to say "I want to thank all my teachers for their support, without them I couldn’t have done it. I’m really happy that I got into UCL.”
Russell - studying Physics at Oxford University
From an early age, Russell has known he wanted to pursue a career in physics. He said, “I enjoyed maths when I was growing up; you would come up with equations, but you couldn’t really conceive what they meant - physics is a way to input that into the real world.”
At Ark 6th Form East Sussex, Russell has been able to explore his interest and show his impressive academic aptitude. He studied physics, chemistry, maths and further maths, as well as further additional maths - which he has completed in a single year, rather than the normal two.
Russell is already looking forward to his career after university and the great opportunities a degree in physics from a top university will open up. He says, “I’d like to do a PhD, and then perhaps go into lecturing or make documentaries about physics.”
Awarded the Marshall Wace Bursary from Ark, to help with his expenses.
Zoe - studying Dentistry at King’s College London
Zoe puts her drive to work in healthcare down to a trip to the dentist, “In Year 10, I went to the dentist after my dad accidentally chipped my tooth and I was so impressed by the way my dentist responded to the situation. I was hysterical and he calmed me down, in such a professional way.”
This event kick-started Zoe’s desire to find out more about dentistry and led to her gaining work experience in general dental practices.
Zoe says her teachers’ support during her university application made a huge difference; she said, “My science teachers have been encouraging from day one. They arranged for me to speak to previous Ark 6th Form East Sussex students, who have gone on to degrees in healthcare, which gave me an insight into what the degree would be like. Without that, I don’t think I would have been as confident in my decision.”
Jiakun - Studying Medicine at Imperial College London
Jiakun joined Ark William Parker in 2012 and went on to do A Levels at Ark 6th Form East Sussex.
Jiakun said, “Our teachers inspired us with their passion and enthusiasm, they gave me all the knowledge and moral support, I didn’t just learn what kind of subject I wanted to do, but also what type of person I want to be in life.
“With the help from Ark and my teachers, I was able to complete my Gold CREST Award, the Nuffield Research Programme and some work experience at the Conquest Hospital, which were very important for my UCAS application. I did not expect teachers to be so supportive, patient and responsive. I am so glad that I chose Ark 6th Form East Sussex.”
Awarded a Marshall Wace Bursary from Ark, to help with his expenses.