Welcome to Ark Blake Academy and thank you for your interest in our brand-new school.  

It is an honour to be the founding Principal of Ark Blake Academy. In September 2020, we successfully opened and are already providing 180 Year 7 pupils with an excellent academic education, based on Ark Blake’s strongly held values.

A further 180 pupils have the opportunity to become a member of our second cohort from September 2021. Ark Blake Academy will grow each year and continue to provide exceptional opportunities for the children of East Croydon for generations to come.

At Ark Blake Academy, we believe that each of our pupils is born with unique potential for greatness and can take responsibility to achieve this. We believe that by aiming high, working hard and living according to Ark Blake values, our pupils can ‘seize greatness’ and lead lives that bring fulfilment and strengthen their community.  

Our shared beliefs mean that at Ark Blake Academy we have very high expectations for the achievement, conduct and personal development of every child. Our mission is to ensure that each of our pupils fulfils their unique academic and personal potential, before moving on to continue their success either at University, or by beginning a rewarding career of their choice. Our wonderful new building was completed in summer 2020 and I look forward to being able to welcome visitors to see our impressive facilities.  

In advance of this, please do visit our website, attend a virtual event and get in touch with us should you wish to arrange a conversation about the exceptional educational opportunities we provide for our pupils. 

Peter Shaw  

Founding Principal