Students at Ark St Albans Academy

"As the founding Principal of Ark St Alban’s Academy I am very proud to be continuing the work begun in 1871 when the Pollock brothers opened the first St Alban’s School to meet the educational needs of young people living in the heart of this great industrial city."

David Gould


Why work at Ark St. Alban's Academy?

Since opening in 2009, the school has developed strongly and achieved rapid success. In 2011 it was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. In 2014 65% of students gained at least 5 A*-C grades including English and maths. In January 2013, we moved into an iconic, award-winning new building. This is a unique opportunity for to join an outstanding school making a difference in the local community.

Train to teach in this schoolDoug Lemov talks about Ark schools

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Training and development

Our training doesn’t stop once you reach a certain level or learn a certain skill – we’ll support you throughout your whole career, from starting out as a trainee to running your own school.

More training days

In order to deliver the best training and network events, we offer twice as many training days as standard.

Hub days

Three times a year, people working in specific roles or subject areas get together to share best practice and deepen their subject knowledge with peers from across the Ark network.

Ark online training

Our online, cloud-based learning platform supports your development - delivering exciting content straight to you, from exemplary teaching video clips to best practice resources.

Teacher and students at St Albans AcademyBespoke training

Your school will develop and deliver its own training sessions which are responsive to need.

Network opportunities

You’ll work with colleagues from different subjects, schools and cities, and have the chance to take on network-wide responsibilities such as leading programmes or training.

Interested in training with Ark or finding out more? Get in touch or apply now.