Preparing students for life beyond school

We know that there is more to success than academic achievement. A great education isn’t simply about passing exams, it’s about enabling students to develop the qualities and skills that they need to be successful at school and beyond.

Our mission is that every student in an Ark school can access the university or career of their choice. Alongside maximising academic achievement, we also ensure that students develop the habits and skills most desired by universities and businesses, have access to the experiences and role models that will raise their aspirations and are guided in their decisions about what happens after school.

Our classrooms are rich with opportunities to develop curious, independent, empathetic and digitally literate young adults. These characteristics and skills are part of our school culture, ethos and values, and we recognise and celebrate their development on a regular basis (is this true in every school?)

Outside of the classroom, we commit to every student experiencing music, sport, cultural and other enrichment activities to cultivate individual passions and interests. Through a network of partners, we guarantee that students will have the opportunity to work with a range of universities, colleges and local businesses, broadening their horizons and exploring the pathways that are available to them after school.  Through the broader Ark network, we provide unique opportunities for students across our schools to interact, flexing their public speaking skills at the Junior and Senior Great Debate, finding their inner Einstein through our Science research competitions, or competing for the coveted Ark Athletics trophy. We believe that these experiences are a key ingredient in developing our students into confident young adults who can succeed and thrive in the wider world.

At the heart of our support is the guidance that students receive, empowering them and their parents to make informed and ambitious decisions about their future. Teachers, tutors and former students are all trained to provide high quality and up to date advice on searching and applying for the best quality college, university and apprenticeship places. And the support doesn’t stop there. Financial bursaries, connections to work experience and internships and the opportunity to receive ongoing coaching are all available to former students who have become part of our growing alumni community. 

To view our latest destinations figures, please see the ‘Where do our students go next’ page of this website under the About Us tab.


Looking forward at our Careers Fair

Ark William Parker Academy hosted a careers event designed to provide their sixth form and Year 11 students with information pertaining to both apprenticeships and Higher Education. In addition to this, a number of local firms attended the event and ran stalls informing students about career prospects with their respective businesses.

Businesses in attendance included General Dynamics, Hastings Direct and the NHS. Local universities were also in attendance including Brighton University and Canterbury Christ Church University. The day started with the Head of Ark 6th Form delivering an assembly outlining the importance of careers education and the need to think ahead given the increasing pressures in the labour market.

Students then had the opportunity to visit the numerous stalls being run by both the businesses and universities; whereupon they were able to obtain information regarding both Higher Education and vocational training with local firms.

After a short break the universities and local businesses provided workshops for the students on a wide array of topics. The content of these sessions ranged from CV writing and interview skills to student finance.

Students without exception found the day an enjoyable and worthwhile experience with many establishing links with local employers and obtaining information enabling them to make informed decisions about their next steps post 18, whether this be Higher Education or Level 4 apprenticeships.

Head of Ark 6th Form James Hamilton said; “This was an excellent opportunity for our students to start to consider what they will do after they have left sixth form. For many of them Higher Education will be the focus moving forward, however, a number of students have started to consider apprenticeship routes after today’s insightful event”.