Ark Soane celebrates Outstanding accolade three years after opening

Three years after opening its doors, Ofsted has rated Ark Soane as outstanding.  
Ark Soane

Our school overcame the challenges of the pandemic to welcome our inaugural Year 7 students in September 2021, a year later than planned.  

Despite the delay, the report noted that 'This is a school where pupils excel. Pupils and staff are proud to be a part of this school community.'  

During the 6 and 7 March 2024 inspection, Ofsted commended our school for our unwavering high standards, rigorous routines, and exceptional student support.  

The report said Ark Soane is 'well led by highly skilled and resilient leaders', with a curriculum 'expertly taught by highly skilled teachers with strong subject knowledge'. 'Teachers apply rigorous routines consistently that help to create an exceptionally supportive learning environment'.  

Inspectors commended our school's wider opportunities for personal growth and development, including exploration days, daily family dining, and well-attended extracurricular clubs. 

Principal Matthew Neuberger said, "We are proud to receive such a glowing report. 

"I want to thank staff, governors and parents for their support and dedication. Your cumulative efforts enable us to deliver an ambitious education for our students. We will continue striving for excellence and ensure our young people have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed."  

Chair of Governors Ann Ewing said, "This journey of resilience and commitment to excellence has culminated in today's outstanding rating from Ofsted. All of us are so proud to be part of the Ark Soane community."  

Our journey started in 2018 when planning was approved to create a 1,200-student secondary school and 116 housing units developed by Countryside, along with Build to Rent provider Simple Life London and Network Homes. Ark Soane is located on the site of the former Acton College, which was part of Ealing Hammersmith & West London College. 

Mr Neuberger concluded, "We have an exciting milestone to come with the completion of the development, and this expansion reflects the school's long-term vision and commitment to the community." 

You can read the report on the Ofsted website here.