Croydon Council have identified a need for additional secondary places in the borough. Ark have worked with the Council and the Education Funding Agency to develop early designs for a school that aims to meet the demand for new, high-quality school places.

Ark Blake Academy will be a non-selective, non-denominational and mixed-gender secondary school and sixth form. The school is proposed to open in September 2020 subject to planning permission.

The development of Ark Blake has been batched with the development of another new school, Ark Bayes Primary Academy, a primary school located on Mayday Rd, next door to the Friends of Croydon University Hospital.

We have begun the procurement of the design and build contract for the schools and hope to appoint a contractor in March. The contractor will then develop detailed designs for both schools and submit a planning application in the spring. If approved, construction of Ark Blake is due to start in the summer, followed by Ark Bayes later this year.

Key dates

Contractor appointed March 2017
Planning application Spring 2017
Planning permission determined Summer 2017
Work begins on site Summer 2017
Schools open September 2020