Welcome to Ark John Archer Primary Academy, a vibrant and happy community school serving Battersea and Wandsworth and located just a few minutes’ walk from Clapham Junction station, off St John's Hill.
Everyone at Ark John Archer Primary Academy is committed to giving our pupils the very best start in life. We have a clear set of school values, which underpin this. They are:
You will see these values around our school and they are woven into lessons and learning. They help our pupils develop as confident learners and to become the best that they can be.
Life at Ark John Archer
The curriculum at Ark John Archer Primary Academy is rich and inspiring, with a broad range of experiences and opportunities. Core subjects of maths, English, science and P.E. are complemented by a topic-based approach to other subject areas including geography, history, computing and religious education. We are also very lucky to have specialist teachers for art, P.E., Spanish and music.
We aim to educate the whole child in order to enable them to reach their potential. Pupil wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do.
Our indoor and outdoor classrooms provide a calm and stimulating environment where our pupils are encouraged to explore, discover and question through a range of exciting learning opportunities.
Partnerships with families
We work in partnership with parents/carers and the wider community to ensure the success of our pupils.
Weekly parent workshops enable families to understand more about specific topics, such as how we teach maths, or issues such as e-safety. Half-termly parent forums give parents and carers the opportunity to ask any questions and to have their say, and each term there is an open morning when parents/carers are invited into the classroom to take part in their children’s learning. Three parents evenings a year enable a more detailed conversation about your child's progress.
We believe that children deserve the best possible chances in life and that they learn best when there are strong links between home and school. The school also has a strong relationship with the ‘Friends of John Archer’, a charity run by our fantastic parents and carers, promoting collaboration and community spirit whilst raising money to support our pupils.
Ark John Archer Primary Academy has both before-school and after-school wrap-around care. Breakfast Club begins at 7.50am and After School Care ends at 6pm. The clubs provide both healthy meals and structured play in support of our daytime curriculum. Children in wrap-around care have full access to our library, e-learning software, P.E. equipment and a wide range of games and toys. This service, which is priced competitively, is very popular with parents/carers working in the local area and commuting into central London.
Our after-school clubs provide enrichment with a variety of extra-curricular activities, ranging from martial arts to learning the guitar. These change on a termly basis to give children the opportunity to try out different things. We try to keep costs low to encourage as many children as possible to have a go at something new or to access an activity they really enjoy.
I am very proud to be the Principal of such a richly diverse school community, which is representative of this busy and exciting area in London. At Ark John Archer Primary Academy, children from many different backgrounds and cultures learn together and everyone is valued, supported and encouraged.
Please spend some time on our website to find out more. However, no amount of browsing can replace a visit and we would be delighted to show you around our wonderful school. If you are a prospective parent please do make an appointment to visit Ark John Archer Primary by phoning the school office. You will be very welcome.
Moira Cruddas, Principal