Welcome to ARK Blacklands Primary Academy

ARK Blacklands Primary Academy opens to students on 15 September.

We are a community primary school who serves the local children of Hastings. We are a 2.5 form entry school, with 75 pupils in each year group, ranging from Early Years and Foundation Stage through to Year 6.  Our staff make a tremendous effort to get to know each pupil and provide the very best care they can for them. 

The Cotton Tree is our specialist ASD Facility that supports pupils into mainstream education who have high-functioning autism.  We are fully inclusive of all needs and cater for pupils in all aspects of their education.

Our vision for our pupils is clear.  We believe that every child who attends our school will be academically and socially equipped for success at secondary school and, beyond that, in a career of their choice or university. 

At ARK Blacklands Primary Academy  we have high expectations of all our pupils.  We know this is essential if we are to realise our vision.  We are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to ensure each of our pupils succeeds. To achieve their ambitious goals, our pupils and staff work hard and have high aspirations.

Our curriculum places an emphasis and clear focus on English and mathematics.  Skills learnt in these subjects provide the foundations for all learning. Our enrichment activities allow opportunities for our pupils to explore and develop skills and talents in all other areas of the curriculum. 

We became an ARK academy in 2014.  By joining ARK Schools, we became part of a strong network of ARK schools across the country and have particularly close links with the other local ARK schools in Hastings: ARK Little Ridge Primary Academy, Helenswood Academy and ARK William Parker Academy.

We know that your child’s education is important to you and we welcome you to come into school to help out in your child’s class.  If you are interested in helping, please contact your class teacher.  Whilst we will do everything we can to ensure your child enjoys his time at Blacklands, if you have any worries or concerns, please contact your class teacher in the first instance.


Lorraine Clarke