Balloon launch marks opening day for ARK Blacklands

Pupils at ARK Blacklands Primary Academy celebrated their first day back at school and their first day as part of the ARK network of academies.

Pupils marked this exciting new chapter by releasing 525 balloons in the school colours. Each balloon represented a child at the school.

There are three other ARK schools in Hastings, ARK Little Ridge Primary Academy which also opened this year, Helenswood Academy and ARK William Parker Academy which both opened last year. The schools are part of a wider group of 31 high-achieving academies in Portsmouth, Birmingham and London.

Each ARK school has its own distinctive character but they all share the same mission: to make sure every child does well enough to go on to university or into a career of their choice.

Lorraine Clarke, head teacher at ARK Blacklands, said, “Being part of the ARK Schools network is really positive for us. We can collaborate and share resources with other ARK schools in the area.”

“Our pupils have the opportunity to join with pupils from other ARK schools and participate in network wide events such as the ARK Schools Music Gala, held at the Barbican in London, the Shakespeare Schools Festival, debating competitions, spelling bees and maths challenges. This is an exciting time for Blacklands; staff, pupils and parents.”