Ark Brunel success recognised in Parliamentary Review

Tuesday 19 September 2017

Ark Brunel is one of twelve London primary schools to feature in this year’s Parliamentary Review and last night, headteacher Dominic Smith attend its launch at the Houses of Parliament. Combining political commentary from leading journalists, with sector specific insight from the Prime Minister, Secretaries of State, Ministers and MPs, The Parliamentary Review is a guide to industry best practice and how sector leaders have responded to challenges in the political and economic environment. The Review has several editions, each focusing on an individual policy area all with a strategic aim of raising standards by highlighting best practice.


Since becoming an Ark academy in 2013, Ark Brunel has undergone a transformation in its practices and in its location, moving into a brand-new, award-wining three-storey building in May 2014. Results improved rapidly from 2012 and the academy has continued its journey with the support and challenge provided by the Ark network.


Interviewed for the Parliamentary Review, Head Teacher Dominic Smith reflected on the school’s journey from its previous incarnation as Middle Row Primary to the award of its ‘Outstanding’ grade from Ofsted in 2016, noting that, “Responsibility also lay with the pupils to do their bit… their attitudes and willingness to learn have been excellent.” He went on to look forward to the future and, focusing on the academy’s developing curriculum, explained that “The curriculum needs to be truly meaningful and relevant for the children to learn, looking beyond defining them by their test scores,”