Principal's update

It has been a busy, but very successful autumn term! I have very much enjoyed starting my role as Founding Principal of Ark Blake Academy, alongside my last term at the Grey Coat Hospital, as Acting Headteacher. I am looking forward to working at Ark Blake Academy full time, from early in the new year.

We have received over 300 applications for year 7 from local families, following our open events earlier in the term. 180 of these applicants will begin September 2020 as Ark Blake Academy’s Year 7 pupils. I am looking forward to meeting with these pupils and their families at the earliest opportunity in 2020.

We have made excellent progress this term and everyone involved in working on the school, from our builders to our team at Ark, feel as if we are getting very close to making our vision for the school a reality. I visited our Moorland Road Site earlier in December and the building is already looking very impressive. It’s in a great location, less than a ten-minute walk from East Croydon Station and close to local bus routes. The scaffolding has come down and the spacious model classrooms and science labs are ready.

You can already sense that the facilities for pupils and staff will be exceptional. The 3G sports pitch on the roof and large 4 court sports hall are particular highlights, but by no means the only ones!

I am now really looking forward to recruiting Ark Blake’s founding team of talented, highly effective teachers and leaders. Adverts have gone live in the press and on our website. Our founding team will work together to create an outstanding school that we and the East Croydon community can be very proud of. We will have the very highest expectations of all of our pupils and we will ensure that they reach their academic and personal potential.

2020 will be the Year that Ark Blake Academy opens its doors and welcomes its first pupils. We will go on to provide an outstanding education for children in East Croydon for generations. I look forward to working with our teachers, pupils, their families and the local community in 2020 and the years to come.

Best wishes to you and your family for Christmas and the New Year.

Mr Peter Shaw

Peter Shaw | Principal | Ark Blake Academy