Are you a talented teacher looking to take the next step in your career? You should work at Ark Franklin Primary Academy – and here are six compelling reasons why:

1) Help make a real difference

We are committed to giving our children the best possible start in life and access to a brilliant future. Excellent teaching and learning is at the heart of what we do, enabling every child to fulfil their potential. We are achieving brilliant things, last year our ks2 results were up 21% on the previous year and we are working hard to maintain this level of progress. Join our dedicated team to make a real difference to the lives of our pupils.

2) Be part of an active community

We know that learning doesn’t just happen inside the classroom, our community of pupils, staff and parents are committed to providing opportunities beyond the traditional classroom setting. We are fundraising to create an open air classroom in our amazing garden and playground space. To raise money we are hosting a fantastic event, the ‘Fork to Fork Food Festival’ bringing together some of London’s most talented and creative chefs, restaurateurs and producers. As a staff member you can be part of fantastic initiatives like these.

3) Continue to develop throughout your career

We recognise that to achieve great things, we need great people. That’s why we will help you to be the very best that you can be, throughout your entire career. We offer twice the standard number of training days – including our network-wide ‘Hub Days’ where peers join together to learn and share best practice. There are also opportunities for online training and bespoke learning and mentoring programmes.

If you're ambitious, we have a programme called "Aspiring to Headship" which identifies teachers with leadership potential, and helps them develop the skills they need to become a great head or principal. 

Ark currently has 31 schools across London, Birmingham, Hastings and Portsmouth (and we are always growing!) so when the time comes for you to move on, there are plenty of opportunities across the network.

4) You won't be bored. Ever. 

We know that an excellent education means more than just great exam results. It means building pupils’ resilience and character, helping them to be ready for the world. We encourage pupils from different Ark schools to come together and enjoy a wide variety of enrichment events, and that means opportunities for teachers to participate as well. We have spelling bees, debating contests, sports days and maths 'wrangles,' and it all culminates in the Ark Music Gala, a huge event held at a world famous venue where dozens of schools and hundreds of students perform pieces ranging from Adele to Beethoven. See for yourself:


5) Be part of something bigger

Ark Franklin is part of the Ark network, a non-profit organisation that believes that every child should have the very best start in life, regardless of background, so when the time comes; they are able to go onto university on into the career of their choice.

Our approach is guided by our six pillars and it is working. Schools in the Ark network have achieved some of the best results in the country.

6) It's all about the kids. 

You probably guessed that this would be the final reason to become a teacher at an Ark school. But it's true. Our pupils will inspire you on a daily basis and you will be making a real difference to their lives.