Ark Oval Primary Academy: Our Week 31st - 4th February 2022

Sunday 06 February 2022

Principal's Summary

Dear Parents and Carers, 

We are keeping the school open; at points last week, we have been short nearly 25% of our staff due to COVID or COVID impact on dependants.

This week looks better but will be challenging with staff feeling the longer-term impact of coming back from sick leave or covering unfamiliar classes and age ranges.

Thank the staff if you can do one thing this week to help the school. They are putting in a superhuman effort to keep everything open and running as close to normality as possible. 

This week all our classes will be focused on pupil mental health. As part of Children's Mental Health week, we will be supporting pupils in managing their mental wellbeing and emotions. A lot of the routines and resources we use in school can be found in the back of the curriculum companion for your reference.

Attendance Champions


Achievers of the Week

The Coming Week (s)

Contact with staff


Principal Q&A 

There is now a permanent link to this biweekly meeting on the website's home page.  


Parent Zone 

Tuesday 22nd February 2022

2.30 pm

Gaming and screen time - free session!


Join your Parent Zone Local guide Sophie to hear about your new local support service and learn how to manage - and enjoy! - gaming and screen time in your family.

Get tips and advice, and ask questions you might have about gaming and screen time, setting rules and boundaries, and keeping your child safer online.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with, and you can visit Parent Zone Local here.


Pokemon Cards/Toys 

These are not permitted in school and will be confiscated and returned at the end of the day. The academy takes no responsibility for anything brought to the academy against our instructions that is lost, stolen or damaged.


Smart Watches 

The academy fully favours children wearing analogue (hour and minute hands) watches, and we can even allow digital watches. We can not permit children to wear watches that play games, take photos, or play loud music on the hour every hour as we had this week. Again any watch worn in school is at the owner's risk.


House Sports 

As we have no available staff this week, the house sports competition will be postponed until the first week back after half term. 


Ark Parent Survey 

Survey link: 

Ark Schools is running a survey across all 40+ schools to gather the opinions and attitudes of parents to the schools and the network we would be very keen to have your feedback on this. Please pass the word through parent channels to get as many respondents as possible. 


Ark Start 

Ark Start Oval is about giving your child not only the start they need but the one they deserve.

We are a teacher-led Nursery based on the site of Ark Oval Primary.

The Nursery is open from 8 am-5 pm. We currently have spaces for 2-year-olds to start as soon as possible.

Call us on 0203 116 0778 or visit our website if you want to know more about the Nursery.