New sixth form at ARK Globe Academy to pilot ‘Professional Pathways’

Wednesday 10 September 2014

ARK launches new qualification to close gap between school and the world of work

Using their freedoms as an academy network, ARK has designed a brand new course for sixth formers aimed at closing the gap between school and the world of work. It was unveiled at the opening of the network’s newest sixth form at ARK Globe Academy in south London.

The scheme was launched at a special ceremony with Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Reform.

ARK’s Professional Pathways programme will allow students to gain at least 200 hours of high quality work experience in Finance, Project Management or IT, alongside their sixth form studies. Students will also take entry-level professional qualifications ensuring they are highly employable as school leavers, in addition to having the option of further study at selective universities.

Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Reform, said:
“I am hugely impressed by the students who I talked with today. They are amazing ambassadors for their school and their community. They have made a very good decision to go to an ARK school, as ARK is one of the leading academy networks in the country. I feel confident that they will have a bright future as they seek to aspire to university or pursue their career of choice.”

ARK Globe Academy’s innovative Project Management Pathway will focus on developing leaders and entrepreneurs. It will help students to develop their own social enterprises, receive industry support in business planning and include employer-led projects to bridge the gap between school and work. Reports from employer groups like the CBI have demonstrated that too many young people leave school underequipped for the world of work (

Matt Jones, Principal of ARK Globe Academy said: “Despite having immense potential, we know too many of our young people are not well prepared for the world of work. This is about giving our students the confidence and ambition to break through the glass ceiling. Our brand new sixth form will be dedicated to giving our young people the skills they need to prepare for university, succeed as leaders in their chosen profession, be successful entrepreneurs and to truly make a difference to their community.”

Trae, ARK Globe Academy Sixth Form student, shared how he wants to be successful:
“I want to start a business that gives back to the world. A business that is successful itself and in the eyes of its employees – a business people can trust”.

Hafizah, another student also shared her ambitions:
“I have two sisters who are disabled and I’ve seen how their lives have been changed with the help of doctors. I want to study science or medicine so I can do for others what the doctors have done for my sisters. Science can change people’s lives.”

Globe Academy’s sixth form focusses on addressing social justice. In order to secure a place, students had to write an essay on the question 'what do you think is the most pressing issue facing your generation today and how will you work to solve it?' when they apply. Students have been inspired by visitors from around the world, not least President Barack Obama who visited the school in 2011.  

With an initial cohort of 35 students, the school will use the latest leadership training tools to help students see beyond their own success for its own sake. Next year Globe Academy will add a new pathway built around social enterprise skills.

Globe Academy offers outstanding teaching and learning, an innovative enrichment curriculum including innovative partnerships with organisations such as Fulham FC, and personalised support and guidance that fully prepares students for the best universities. Globe expects its students to make a difference to their community and lead the way to a fairer society.

Applications will open in November for 2015 entry. 

For more information please contact the academy on 020 7407 6877 or