Welcome to Ark Oval Primary Academy, where I was appointed as Principal in November 2016, having come from a background of leading consistently good or outstanding schools. My aim is quite simply to turn Ark Oval into the outstanding school, every Croydon child deserves, as quickly and enjoyably as possible.

Our school motto, ‘Striving for Excellence’, underpins everything we do. It drives our mission, to provide a school where children, staff and parents, feel passionate about ensuring every child fulfils their potential and becomes an all-round exceptional citizen, with the skills to succeed in life.

Children are continuously supported and stretched in their learning so that they will all achieve, or better still exceed age related expectations. Staff and children have high expectations of themselves and each other in every respect.

I feel honoured to be leading such a vibrant, diverse community school onto the next stage of its development and in partnership with you as parents, so that, in line with the Ark vision, every Ark Oval child will be able to go to university or into the career of their choice, in the future.

Best wishes

Ali Silke