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Ark King Solomon Academy

Welcome to King Solomon Academy, part of the Ark Schools network.

Our school is defined by our mission to provide a rigorous and transformational education to every pupil enabling them to have the choice to go on to a top university at 18 and preparing them to lead happy and successful lives. We ensure that every pupil achieves academic success, particularly in reading, writing and maths where we ensure every child learns with confidence.

We are one school with two sites. Pupils move to our Older Years Site on Penfold Street for Year 5 to Year 13 benefitting from our large Sports Hall, MUGA, specialist science facilities and specialist music provision. Every pupil at King Solomon plays a strings instrument from Year 4 to Year 9, playing together in a year group orchestra throughout Middle School.

Please learn more about us here:

We look forward to welcoming you at King Solomon Academy!

About our school experience


- Introduction to Ark and school life
- Overview of Ark Teacher Training (with Q&A)
- Tour of the School
- Observe a lesson(s) followed by reflections on teaching*
- Student panel
- Observe break time routines (if appropriate)
- Chance to hear from a current trainee (if available)

*Please note: we will make every effort to visit lessons in relevant subjects for each attendee, however we cannot guarantee that you will observe a lesson in your teaching subject of interest.

Start and finish times
9:00am to 12:00pm - Flexible

This will be reviewed on a case by case basis, however the schedule for the day will run from 9am to 12pm.

Dress code

Business dress

Teacher training

Ark Teacher Training is a school-based teacher training programme that offers you the perfect mixture of theory and classroom practice, developing you into the best teacher you can be. At Ark, we believe that every child, regardless of their background, deserves to have access to a great education which is why we recruit the bright, motivated, and diverse graduates and career changers to train to teach with us.

We are very proud to be one of only a few teacher training providers across the UK to receive two consecutive ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted ratings in all categories, in 2017 and 2022. Unlike a university based PGCE, you will be based at an Ark school from day one, making a positive impact on your students while you train.

As a trainee teacher with Ark, you will benefit from:
- independent teaching
- team teaching
- co-planning
- professional studies training
- subject specific training
- 1:1 coaching and mentoring
- guidance and time built in to work on PGCE assignments (2 for the year)
-comprehensive training with bespoke support

By the end of your training year, you will have achieved QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), 60 credits towards a Master’s degree, and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education). Even better, you will be able to progress on to our highly supportive ECT (Early Career Teacher) Induction to continue developing and making a positive impact to your students. Better still, our programme is incredibly supportive – you will be trained by expert teachers and leaders and your wellbeing will be prioritised at all stages of your training.

All of this makes Ark Teacher Training the perfect start to your successful career in teaching.

Find out more about our teacher training

Links to more information about our school

Entry requirements

You must:

    • Must not have been accepted onto another teacher training course
    • Must have a degree
    • Photo identification: Driving licence or passport
    • Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK. We are unfortunately unable to accept candidates on/requiring the skilled worker/tier 2 work/any sponsorship visa.
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement dates

There are no upcoming dates


Penfold Street, London, NW1 6RX
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Not available on site

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate on-site parking and therefore advise that you travel to our school using public transport.

Our school is located within easy reach of a number of London underground stations and local bus routes.

Disability and access details

We provide an inclusive environment for students, staff and school experience attendees with disability and access needs. We're happy to discuss your needs before or as part of your school experience request.

Access needs policy

Penfold Street, London, NW1 6RX
School phases
Secondary (11 to 16), 16 to 18
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

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