Ark Putney Academy
Wandsworth, United Kingdom
About Ark Putney Academy
Ark Putney Academy is a mixed secondary school with sixth form in Putney, south-west London. The academy accommodates students aged 11-18 and is part of Ark, a network of 38 schools in Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth.
Ark Putney Academy was founded as Southfields School in 1904. It later merged with Huntingfield Secondary Modern School, becoming Elliot Comprehensive School, before converting to academy status in 2012 and being renamed Ark Putney Academy.
The school has recently undergone a refurbishment and now boasts exceptional indoor and outdoor sports facilities, plus an arts centre, spacious classrooms and specialist teaching rooms.
Values and vision
Ark Putney Academy strives for academic excellence but also aims to develop pupils outside of the classroom. Teachers prepare every student to be a pillar of the community. The school aspires for pupils to achieve their academic potential and be able to hold themselves with confidence. This is reflected is the school's six key values: effort, teamwork, community, enthusiasm, commitment and independence.
The academy prioritises English and maths and dedicates extra time to these subjects, offering specialist help for children who struggle. Staff provide plenty of extracurricular activities to make sure every student is well-rounded, from sport, music and drama to art and design. Students also benefit from Ark Schools network events, which include everything from debating competitions to the music gala at the Barbican.
"This is a well-led academy. The students and staff attribute the success of their academy to the vision and hard work of the Principal and the leadership of the academy. Students make good progress and achieve well, especially in mathematics. Students’ attainment by the end of Year 11 is above the national average."