Ark Academy Primary

Brent, United Kingdom

Location: Brent, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 3 - 11 years

About Ark Academy Primary

About Ark Academy

Ark Academy is a mixed, non-selective, non-denominational all-through academy for 3 to 18-year-olds in Wembley, London. It opened its primary school in September 2008 and its secondary school in September 2010. Ark Academy is recently rated as one of the top 100 non-selective state schools in England. 

The school motto - ‘Civitas' - is at our core and will be seen everywhere around the school. We pride ourselves for being first and foremost citizens and this is what binds us together. The academy believes in high aspirations, high motivation and high achievement for all. We want our students to grow into rounded, confident, ambitious young people who aspire to high achievement and will make a mark on the world, and our staff to be striving to constantly deliver the best possible education and experience to all our pupils. We provide our staff with the tools and support they need to instil a strong learning culture in their classrooms. We hold staff development of the utmost importance. In order to deliver the best training and network events, we offer twice as many training days as standard.  

We maintain a happy, respectful and orderly environment throughout the academy.We believe that we share the responsibility for developing and nurturing the personal qualities of every pupil and we will teach pupils to be responsible for their actions and their effect on others. We emphasise the importance of good behaviour. Our values programme, meal times, manners and behaviour expectations are important parts of our education programme. Good behaviour is praised and unacceptable behaviour dealt with immediately. Children are encouraged to accept responsibility for their actions or behaviour. The Ark Academy Behaviour and Ethos policy creates the conditions for outstanding learning and the encouragement and development of our students into rounded citizens. With 'civitas' - citizenship - the cornerstone of our ethos, our students will be fully aware of their impact on society and potential to be active citizens shaping and leading their community. 


Ark Academy has high expectations of all its pupils. We believe every child can realise their potential given the right encouragement, teaching and support. We do everything possible to ensure that every child achieves year level expectations, every year.  

English and mathematics are the foundation for all other subjects and are critical to success at school and in life.We focus on developing strong readers and communicators who love to use their skills and children who are confident working with numbers in everyday life. Our curriculum is structured to ensure that all children master essential knowledge in these core subjects. Where pupils need extra support it will be provided to ensure that every child can reach and exceed national standards. 

Our driving principles are: Excellence, Citizenship, Participation and Persistence.


In their first full inspection of Ark Academy, Ofsted inspectors have rated the academy as an outstanding school with outstanding capacity for sustained further improvement. Ofsted’s main conclusion was that:

“The new school has quickly established high expectations and secured impressive progress in the short period since opening. Pupils make outstanding progress in their studies. They greatly enjoy coming to school and attendance is high. Pupils behave well and they respond enthusiastically to the growing team of dedicated staff. Relationships between adults and pupils are very positive and help to promote above average attainment.”

Read more about Ofsted's observations or see the the full report.

The Ark network 

Ark Academy is part of Ark, an international charity transforming lives through education. Ark has 38 schools across the UK in Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth. Ark exists to give every young person, regardless of their background, a great education and real choices in life. Ark schools are all non-selective and in areas where they can make the biggest difference.  

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Address: Forty Avenue, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 9JR, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 208 385 4370
What people say about us

“Everyone at Ark strives constantly to deliver the best possible education and experience to all our pupils and demands the highest standards and expectations.”

- Ian Doswell, Primary School Headteacher