Our schools achieve great results:
- 52% of Ark secondary students are disadvantaged (i.e. they have been eligible for free school meals, a measure of economic deprivation). This is nearly double the national average of 27%
Students going to Ark secondaries are less likely to have achieved the expected standard at primary school, so they enter school behind their peers
40% of Ark students speak English as an additional language, more than double the national average
Despite this, our schools are achieving strong results, especially for the progress that students make. For example, the proportion of our disadvantaged students passing English & maths GCSEs (59%) is over a third higher than the national average (43%).