Ark Atwood Primary Academy
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Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2021, ONS
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Amberley Road
W9 2JY

School Description

ARK Atwood Primary Academy is a free school which opened in September 2011 with two Reception classes. The academy is planned to grow, with up to 60 pupils admitted each autumn until there is a full primary age range. This year there are two Reception and two Year 1 classes. Currently, the roll is below the average for primary schools. The academy operates a longer day than is usual, from 8.30am until 4.00pm. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is much greater than the national average. Pupils represent a very broad range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. About a third are of White British heritage. Other large groups include pupils from other European countries, North Africa and those of Bangladeshi and Black Caribbean heritage. Altogether, the pupils have family links with 26 countries around the world and all but one of the seven continents. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is broadly in line with the national average. There are 10 languages spoken by pupils at the academy, of which Arabic is the most common after English. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for looked after children, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children of service families, is above the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is broadly average, as is the proportion of pupils with greater learning needs and supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The academy does not yet have pupils in Year 6, so there are no test results that can be compared with the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum levels expected for pupils’ attainment and progress. The academy is currently in temporary accommodation whilst a new school is built at a nearby location. The academy is scheduled to move to its new site in September 2014. The academy is a member of the ARK Schools chain. The academy operates a breakfast club, which is attended by a small number of pupils. An afterschool club operates from the academy site, but this is not managed by the governors and did not feature in this inspection.

Ark Atwood Primary Academy Reviews

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“Outstanding Maida Vale Primary School”
"> I'm incredibly impressed by this school: the quality of teaching is outstanding, and pastoral care is given equal weighting. While the academic standards are high, importance is also placed on integrity, aspiration, perseverance etc. There is a huge range of clubs, from dance to French to drama, and sport is impressive, especially when one considers it's Westminster location. The school trips are both inspired and impressive - theatre, museums, the zoo - and a lion hunt in Regents Park. Most importantly, all the children seem to love the school and everything about it. I couldn't have wished for a better primary school for my children.
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