Dedicated Ark students receive Art and Sports bursaries

Dedicated Ark students were celebrated at an inaugural award ceremony for the Helenswood and William Parker Sports and Arts bursaries.

The ceremony was attended by Rt Hon Amber Rudd who awarded the successful students with their bursaries.

Rt Hon Amber Rudd said; ‘“I was delighted to be invited to present scholarships to students of Ark William Parker and Ark Helenswood schools on Friday following their recent launch of a new bursary programme to recognise students that show dedication in the Sports and the Arts. 

“It was a genuine pleasure to enjoy the high standard of dancing and singing performances by the students and the excellent quality of the choreography.  Clearly it would have taken many hours of dedicated practice by such enthusiastic students and their teachers to achieve such stunning results.”

The afternoon was interspersed with music and dance performances from Ark Helenswood and William Parker students who showcased their talents to the audience.

Inspiring speeches from successful students highlighted how the bursaries will help them follow their passion and offered a glimpse of potential future stars.

Yvonne Powell, Executive Principal: ‘It was a pleasure to be able to recognise those students who show dedication and outstanding commitment in the sports and the arts. We hope that their bursaries will help in supporting them in pursuing their dreams.’

To be eligible for an award, students had to show a dedication to their specialism and demonstrate that outstanding commitment to their school, in return their bursary would help them pursue their interest with some financial support.

Ark Alexandra Academy, which opens in September this year, will combine a rigorous academic curriculum with an emphasis on sport and the arts.

A Parent evening for Year 6 pupils interested in attending the new school will take place at the Helenswood lower school site Tuesday 19th March – 5.30-6.30pm.

Open mornings are being held at both the Helenswood lower school site, and the William Parker site on Wednesday 20th March – 9-10.30am.



This press release was written by ARK


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1. Amber is pictured with Ellie Peacock, a student from Ark Helenswood Academy who won an award.

2. Ark is one of the country’s top-performing academy networks. We run 38 schools in Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth, educating more than 26,000 students. Our GCSE results exceed the national average and our schools are more likely to be rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. Our aim is to create outstanding schools that give every pupil, regardless of their background, the opportunity to go to university or pursue the career of their choice.

3. Students who received awards from the schools are as follows:


Abbey Spencer

Ellie Peacock

Lauren Williamson

Mia Smith

Eve Brownbill

Alicia Doe

Ellie Smith

Maddie Brownbill

Sophie Playford

Saskia Guest

Emily Cannon

Mollie Matten

Louis Clark

Dylan O’Brien

Harvey Mapstone

Jamal Palmer

Alfie Peacock

Shain Barker

Ryan Burdett

Quinn Mcmanus

Jake Willard