Graduation Ceremony was a night of celebration for our Founder Year

Friday 11 December 2015

It was a night for reflection and celebration, of recalling lessons learnt and friendships made....and to enjoy some yummy canapes!

Mrs Smith has never been prouder than when she introduced her founding cohort at their graduation ceremony to collect their GCSE certificates and school prizes.

She announced them to a hall full of admiring parents, form tutors and teachers, all of whom were surely thinking back on their own memories of the past 5 years and their enjoyable and crucial role in the development of these accomplished young adults.

Mrs Smith spoke of how they had built the school together and developed the core values and especially the notion of ‘Civitas’, which is truly central to all we do. Indeed she declared: ‘We have made Civitas a noun – 'That’s so Civitas!’, drawing laughter from the crowd.

Our Principal also acknowledged that as the first year through the brand new doors they had been spoilt (but in the best way!) both by the opportunities and the discipline that has shaped them into productive citizens.

During touching and humourous testimonials, Kassia, Haider, Maryaah and Shivani gave thanks for their time at Ark Academy and explained that any early misgivings gave way to understanding that our rules and goals were to benefit them only. They were honest and gave us their brightest and best memories of their experience, including Kingswood, sporting events and entertaining past Charity Weeks.

Kassia added: ‘Our graduation evening was probably the best moment of this year for me. It was so exciting to see my friends who had left but it was also very touching to celebrate our achievements and to be acknowledged.'


Chair of Governors, Patrick Wall, presented the students with their certificates before the outstanding contributors to the year group received their individual awards from CEO of Ark Schools Lucy Heller.  

The evening’s prizes were kindly donated by Marshall Wace, a trustee of Ark Schools.

Our intrepid Duke of Edinburgh explorers were also presented with their much deserved Bronze Award and posed alongside their group leader, Miss James (main picture).

It was a wonderful atmosphere thanks to all the proud parents in attendance and a time to reflect on all that has been collectively achieved.

Congratulations Class of 2015!






For a full list of winners please see below:

Ark Academy and Marshall Wace Class of 2015 Subject Awards

GCSE English Award                                        Kassia Tavares

GCSE Maths Award                                          Aysha Lohan     

GCSE Science Award                                       Rayan Aichoun

GCSE Languages Award                                   Clement Owusu

GCSE Humanities Award                                   Dawid Soltystik

GCSE Music Award                                           Ciara Barrett

GCSE PE Award                                               Munirah Sawyers

GCSE Art Award                                               Clement Owusu

GCSE Drama Award                                         Haider Moosa

Performing Arts Award                                     Faith Agyemang - Lorainey

GCSE RE Award                                               Haider Moosa

ASDAN Award                                                  Mustafa Mahmoud

Most Progress in School Career

at Ark Academy                                               Aaliyah Poulton

Best GCSE Results                                           Jai Stewart

Outstanding Contribution to School Life          Dhruv Gajjar

Civitas Award                                                   Keliesha Cheese