Ark Schools Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2022

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3.2
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Pros
  • "Support from team and ARK central(in 6 reviews)

  • "the people working there are great and helpful(in 4 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Awful compulsory initiatives from Ark Central(in 9 reviews)

  • "Very long hours, expected to work in the evenings, weekends and through all holidays(in 8 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great company

      Mar 22, 2022 - Student Ambassador 
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      Pros

      Very chilled environment, nice office and everyone is nice

      Cons

      Not many hours given for this role, role discontinued

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Dedicated to positive mission, but corporate in style

      Jul 4, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      - Positive, mission-driven workforce - Successful in achieving positive outcomes for historically disadvantaged pupils

      Cons

      - Corporate job practices mean all staff are expendable - Poor/unequal pay structure. Salary caps for more junior roles, rises for senior roles - Lack of diversity in senior roles. Leaders recruit in their own image - Mostly distant, unapproachable directors, especially CEO

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Its good

      May 12, 2022 - Computer Manager in London, England
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      Pros

      Nice open company Well orginised

      Cons

      None Could be more orginised with setting up Strange feeling about salary Weird hours

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Feb 21, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great people and working environment.

      Cons

      Sometimes feels like a start up.

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Corporate and soulless

      Feb 18, 2022 - Classroom Teacher 
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      Pros

      Good training opportunities for graduates

      Cons

      The teacher training scheme is very intensive, to the point of breaking people. Teachers are under resourced, children are seen as numbers and not as people.

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great experience

      Jan 11, 2022 - Teaching Assistant in London, England
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      Pros

      Great experience, support and training. Was not a stressful job at all. Pay was above average for a TA.

      Cons

      Wouldn't suggest staying on as a TA for more than a year especially as a graduate. Either progress to a teacher training position or move on.

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Arkless

      Feb 11, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Team I worked with The children

      Cons

      Ark’s top down approach aims for homogeneity and results in mediocrity.

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee

      A stand-out institution

      Oct 18, 2021 - Marketing Communications Manager 
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      Pros

      - Great workplace collaboration - Flexible working - Specialisms in areas

      Cons

      - Lack of systems integration - Lack of diversity programmes

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    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Stay away!

      Nov 12, 2021 - Teacher in London, England
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      Pros

      Some good colleagues Robotic and uniform teaching expectation may be good for new teachers

      Cons

      A lot of bullying and gaslighting of staff from the top Extreme level of micromanagement Discrimination Very long hours, expected to work in the evenings, weekends and through all holidays Unrealistic expectations from certain senior leaders That also try to turn staff against each other Beware and always keep written track evidence of everything Lots of politics

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great school to work for

      Jun 24, 2021 - Human Resources Advisor in Ilford, England
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      Pros

      Modern school, friendly staff, supportive leadership team

      Cons

      Would like more flexibility around annual leave

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    Ark Schools has an overall rating of 3.2 out of 5, based on over 69 reviews left anonymously by employees. 56% of employees would recommend working at Ark Schools to a friend and 54% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 10% over the last 12 months.

    According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Ark Schools employees rate their compensation and benefits as 2.8 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Ark Schools. This rating has improved by 6% over the last 12 months.

    56% of Ark Schools employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Ark Schools 2.9 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.1 for culture and values and 3.4 for career opportunities.

    According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Ark Schools to be workplace, coworkers, career development and the cons to be senior leadership, culture, management.

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