Pupils return to school Tuesday 21st February 2017

Monday 20th February - Staff Training Day

 Staff Training Day Monday 20th February



Curriculum overview

As an Ark school, we focus on depth before breadth, ensuring that our pupils secure firm foundations in English and mathematics. We prioritise depth in these subjects, giving pupils the best chance of academic success across all their studies. This means that pupils have more curriculum time for these subjects than in most schools, with up to six per week in each, and we have adopted the English Mastery and Mathematics Mastery curriculums.

Ark Elvin is a language specialist school, with a significant focus on the development of literacy for all pupils, English language skills in pupils who speak other languages, and an appreciation of language as a means for communication with and understanding of others. This includes daily reading for all pupils, as research and experience show that this is a great driver of future success in all subjects; we also have a very successful modern foreign languages department.


Year 7 & 8 Curriculum

The focus of the curriculum through Years 7 to 8 is to develop core subject knowledge and a secure foundation on which build upon. More time for English and mathematics is essential as this will underpin understanding in all other subject areas.

SubjectPeriods per week
English Language & Literature6
Science: Biology Chemistry Physics3
Religious Education1
Physical Education2
Art & Design3

Year 9 Curriculum

In Year 9, we focus on a wide range of skills and will help to foster pupils’ thirst for learning through inspiring and relevant learning experiences. Through the wide variety of subjects, topics and themes studied, pupils will also develop the personal, learning and thinking skills required to succeed in their GCSEs. The curriculum will develop creative, enquiring and independent learners who are adept at problem-solving and team-work, providing a foundation for lifelong learning.

SubjectPeriods per week
English language & Literature6
Science: Biology Chemistry Physics5
Religious Education1
French / Spanish2
Physical Education2
Art & Design2

Enrichment Curriculum

In addition, all pupils have access to our enrichment curriculum. This ranges from after school and holiday sessions for extra support in core subjects, through to clubs including debating, computer coding, chess, and many more. We also have a number of competitive sports teams, which have been particularly successful in football and cricket.


Key stage 4 Curriculum

In Years 10 and 11 pupils study a broad range of subjects at GCSE. Pupils will follow a pathway of courses which is personalised to best meet their needs and in which they can maximise their success, enabling progression to further and higher education. All pupils study English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, Physical Education and PSHE. They then study three or four of the following subjects:

  • French

  • Spanish

  • History

  • Geography

  • Sociology

  • Art

  • Photography

  • Music

  • Drama

  • Performing Arts

  • Textiles

  • Resistant Materials

  • Food Technology

  • Graphics

  • Hospitality and Catering

  • Business Studies

  • Media Studies

  • Physical Education

SubjectPeriods per week
Science: Biology Chemistry Physics5
Religious Education3
Core Physical Education2
All other subjects3

Key stage 5 Curriculum

At A level, our options are tailored around the needs of our pupils and the subjects that they wish to study. This includes many of those subjects listed above, plus additional options such as psychology, philosophy, and economics.


Further information

To find out more about any part of the curriculum, please contact the member of staff listed below:

EnglishAndrew Short- Head of Englisha.short@arkelvinacademy.org
MathematicsSimon Jebreel - Assistant Principals.jebreel@arkelvinacademy.org
ScienceRoshan Zarrabi - Assistant Principalr.zarrabi@arkelvinacademy.org
ArtAdailton Nascimento - Head of Arta.nascimento@arkelvinacademy.org
Business StudiesJohnny Clark - Vice Principalj.clark@arkelvinacademy.org
DramaLaura Spiers - Interim Head of Dramal.spiers@arkelvinacademy.org
GeographyPeter Edwards - Assistant Principalp.edwards@arkelvinacademy.org
HistoryBillie Thomas - Head of Historyb.thomas@arkelvinacademy.org
ICTNam Gawa - Head of ICTn.gawa@arkelvinacademy.org
Modern LanguagesDadri-Ann Williams - Head of MFLd.william@arkelvinacademy.org
MusicGemma Bayes - Assistant Principalg.bayes@arkelvinacademy.org
Physical EducationChris Lumsden - Head of Learningc.lumsden@arkelvinacademy.org
Religious EducationSeamus Sheridan - Head of REs.sheridan@arkelvinacademy.org
PSHEJuan Delgado - Vice Principalj.delgado@arkelvinacademy.org