Welcome to Ark Soane

Welcome to Ark Soane Academy.

We are a new, highly academic, non-selective, non-denominational secondary school which opened in Acton in September 2021.

Ark Soane is designed around six core ideas: excellent behaviour; a rigorous academic curriculum; high quality teaching; forming strong habits; raising aspirations; and developing great teachers.

We are proud to be named after John Soane – the great architect and educator who lived locally. He believed that architecture students of his day needed deep knowledge across a range of subjects and had to be able to communicate with precision and effect. We provide the same standard of education to all our students: a challenging curriculum taught with kindness where we demand 100% effort and participation at all times.

We know that every child can succeed and we will insist on their success by expecting the highest standards from them: a commitment to work hard at all times; a commitment to learn from every opportunity; and a commitment to behave impeccably to maximise time for learning. We also know that children encounter barriers to their learning and we work with children and their families to overcome these. We know that high expectations combined with kind support provides Ark Soane students with every opportunity to succeed.

We know that children are curious and that they deserve to be stretched with a challenging curriculum that demands effort and resilience. Our curriculum provides a strong foundation to develop students’ knowledge and provokes their curiosity and interest in further study. Our students know why what they are learning is important and are prepared to work relentlessly to master that knowledge. We know that struggle is an essential part of learning and we provide additional support so that we leave no child behind.

We know that children who love school will be able access the university and career of their choice. We have recruited an outstanding, passionate and committed team of teachers who are experts in their fields and are determined to foster a love for their subject to enable our children to be successful. Our teachers know individual students’ strengths and areas for development and work tirelessly for their success.

We know that children can learn from every activity and every encounter. All Ark Soane children participate in carefully chosen extra-curricular activities designed to grow their independence, their academic skills and their compassion. All children have opportunities to attend universities and meet employers from Year 7 upwards and will be supported to meet their high aspirations.

In September 2021 we opened our doors to 180 year 7 students.  We now have 360 students across year 7 and year 8 and are excited to be moving in to our completed new premises over the remainder of this year.

We are committed to delivering a highly challenging curriculum in a calm and purposeful environment with great teaching, outstanding behaviour, kindness and respect for all our students.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school.


Matt Neuberger



Introduction to Ark Soane