Ark celebrates its success – Castledown is one of the nation’s most improved primaries

Staff, pupils and parents are celebrating another year of success at all three Ark Primary Schools in Hastings.

Pupils at Ark Castledown Primary Academy, who joined the Ark network in September 2017, are particularly proud of their achievements this year as they celebrate being in the top one per cent of the most improved schools in the country – increasing its Year 6 results by an impressive 46 per cent. This is in addition to achieving results that are above national in all areas, including Early Years and Phonics.

Both Ark Blacklands and Ark Little Ridge Primary Academies are also sharing their success with their pupils as they continue to remain significantly above national outcomes in all areas. Blacklands remains the highest performing primary school in Hastings and is in the top ten per cent of all schools nationally for pupils making outstanding progress in reading, writing and maths. All three schools have been awarded the Gold East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion due to their excellent track record of supporting pupils with special educational needs.

Lorraine Clarke, Executive Principal of the three schools said: “We are delighted that our pupils have achieved so much success. They love coming to school where they enjoy a rich curriculum that also celebrates sporting and artistic success. We are proud of our community and the role we play in helping to prepare our young people for the next stage of their school life.”

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