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Gleaming Ofsted report for Ealing school three years after opening

An Ealing school which opened amidst the aftermath of the pandemic has three years later been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.

Ark Soane Academy, located on Gunnersbury Lane overcame the challenges of the pandemic to welcome its 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.’ 

“We are proud to receive such a glowing report,” said Matthew Neuberger, Principal of Ark Soane. 

“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.” 

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

The report said the school is being ‘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 the school’s wider opportunities for personal growth and development, including exploration days, daily family dining, and well-attended extracurricular clubs. 

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.” 

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.”

The school’s 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.

The school is located on the site of the former Acton College, which was part of Ealing Hammersmith & West London College.

The school is part of Ark, an education charity based in the UK which works to improve educational achievement.  By 2027, Ark Soane will reach its total capacity, accommodating 1,200 pupils, including 300 sixth-form spaces.

The report is available on the Ofsted website.

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