Welcome to ARK Blacklands Primary Academy, a community primary school serving the local children of Hastings. We are a 3 form entry school, increasing to 90 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. 

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.  As Executive Principal of ARK Blacklands & Ark Little Ridge Primary Academies, I have the honour of leading both schools to excellence. 

We know that your child’s education is important to you and to support our vision at Blacklands is our Head of School, Natalie Rankin.  She will help lead Ark Blacklands to ensure every pupil succeeds.

Lorraine Clarke

Executive Principal

Welcome to Ark Blacklands Primary Academy.

I am immensely proud to have been part of the team that led our transition to become an Ark Academy in 2014 and to have had such a successful two years. In my new role as Head of School, I know that everyone here at Ark Blacklands is determined to ensure the continuation of this success. 

Staff, children and you, the parents, have a role in this, ensuring that your children meet their full potential and become fully engaged, responsible and thinking citizens. Our expectation is that everyone is focused on achieving the best possible outcome for your child – for them to excel in every aspect! That starts with everyone’s commitment to the academy, to being an active part of the academy community, to commit to the expectations the academy sets for engagement, behaviour, dress and attendance because these are the very building blocks of your child’s future success.

Please take a look around our website to find out what we can offer your child. We are happy to answer and questions, and would love to show you around. Please contact info@arkblacklandsprimary.org to arrange a visit.

I look forward to meeting you all,

Natalie Rankin

Head of School