Joining the Ark Academy Network
HIGH VIEW JOINING THE ARK ACADEMY NETWORK
On the 29th March we were very happy to share the outcome of the acadamisation consultation and that High View will become part of the Ark Academy Network on the 1st of September 2018
Thank you for all your valuable contributions to our consultation about whether High View should become an academy school. More than 70 people (including parents, staff and other members of the local community) responded in writing to the consultation. 79% of these were in support of the proposal and 21% were opposed. There were many positive comments about how Ark can help support our teachers with more training and help improve pupil outcomes. Some of the concerns raised were about the impact of the changes for staff and if there would be changes to after school clubs.
All the staff at High View are committed to raising attainment and progress and we believe that this can and will be achieved with the support of a strong and effective sponsor. We believe that joining Ark, a high performing academy trust, will support us in continuing to make rapid improvements and offer transformational opportunities for our pupils – giving our children the best opportunities to succeed in life.
Ark schools are funded by the government in the same way as Local Authority schools - the funding is based on pupil numbers, plus any extras such as Pupil Premium grants. Ark also has a fundraising team, which raises money throughout the year to pay for additional extra-curricular activities, such as art, sports and a network-wide annual Music Gala. As part of Ark network, our school would benefit from strong links with the wider network. Staff will be able to receive high quality training and support which is recognised as being among the best in the country. Ark aims to give every young person, regardless of their background, a great education and real life choices – and is recognised as one of the highest achieving academy groups in the country.
Changes at High View that affect Parents and Carers
We are pleased to announce the new name for our school will be Ark John Archer. We are currently working on the new logo with the children.
John Archer was Mayor of Battersea 100 years ago. He was the first person of African descent to hold civic office in London and was the first British black person to represent his country at an international conference abroad, and the first black person to become an election agent for a constituency Labour Party. He lived in Brynmaer Road, at the south end of Battersea Park. John Archer was elected to the borough council in 1906, as one of the six councillors for the Latchmere ward (which is where many of our High View children live) where he topped the poll with 1,051 votes. On 10th November 1913, he was elected mayor of Battersea. He successfully defended his seat in 1919, and then became a successful political agent. He returned to the council in 1931. His record of service to our local community was extraordinary.
As part of our name change and to celebrate being part of the Ark Academy network we will be changing our uniform. The colours will be grey and red and there will be a school jumper, tie, blazer and PE kit which can be purchased from suppliers which we will have confirmation of next half term. As you are already aware all current pupils will be given a uniform and PE kit to start the new term. Children will be able to continue to wear their current grey skirts, dresses, trousers or shorts and the red and white checked summer dresses.
As part of the school's transition to become an Ark Academy, staff will be taking part in a thorough induction period from Monday 3rd September until Friday 14th September 2018 and the new 2018/19 academic year will start for pupils on Monday 17th September. This means that the Summer holidays will be two weeks longer, a total of eight weeks. This provides a great opportunity for parents and carers to take advantage of lower holiday prices out of the school holidays or to visit museums and places of interest without the huge crowds you would normally have to contend with during the summer break!
We are providing child care for working parents who have requested it for the first two weeks of the autumn term. There will be a breakfast club from 7.45am to 9.00am, a Holiday Club from 9.00am to 3.30pm and afternoon wrap around care from 3.30pm to 6.00pm.
We are already working with Ark and preparing for next year—please do not hesitate to forward any questions that you have to the office, we will answer and share any further information as soon as possible.
TERM DATES 2018/19
Autumn Term 2018:
First half term - Monday 17th September to Friday 19th October
Half term holiday - Monday 22nd October to Friday 26th October
Second half term - Tuesday 30th October to Thursday 20th December
Inset days: Monday 29th October, Monday 26th November and Friday 21st December
Spring Term 2019:
First half term - Tuesday 8th January to Friday 15th February
Half term holiday - Monday 18th February to Friday 22nd February
Second half term - Monday 25th February to Thursday 4th April
Inset days: Monday 7th January, Monday 11th March and Friday 5th April
Summer Term 2019:
First half term - Wednesday 24th April to Friday 24th May
Half term holiday - Monday 27th May to Friday 31st May
Second half term - Monday 3rd June to Tuesday 23rd July
Inset days: Tuesday 23rd April and Monday 24th June
Bank holiday: Monday 6th May