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Ark Pioneer Academy

We are delighted to introduce you to Ark Pioneer, a new-start non-selective secondary school in Barnet. We believe that every child has the ability to be a knowledgeable, articulate, and successful individual and we are committed to realising this potential, enabling every child to go on to the best universities, apprenticeship courses and careers of their choice.

At Ark Pioneer, we are committed to ensuring every child leaves our school with real options - whether that’s going to university or into a career of their choice. We work closely together to ensure we offer the high quality of education every child deserves from their local school, bringing our vision ever closer each day of the week. We are very proud to be a community of professionals who strive for excellent practice and constant improvement.

Our four core values Aim High, Have Integrity, Be Kind & Model Determination define how we work together as a community in Ark Pioneer; guiding our interactions and communications and reinforcing the behaviours we want to see in our community as we work towards embedding our ambitious vision.

We look forward to welcoming you at Ark Pioneer Academy!

About our school experience


-Introduction from Principal/ VP
-Learn about Ark Pioneer and the Ark network's vision & values
-Tour around the building while school is in session (including live lessons)
-Opportunity to ask any questions about teaching/training/school life
-Opportunity to speak with a representative of Ark Teacher Training about the programme

Start and finish times
2:15pm to 4:30pm - Flexible

This will be reviewed on a case by case basis, however the schedule for the experience will run from 2:15pm to 4:30pm.

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 Ark Pioneer Academy from day one, making a positive impact on your students while you train.

Did you know? Ark Pioneer Academy has also been rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted (September 2023).

As a trainee teacher at Ark Pioneer Academy, 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)

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


Westcombe Drive, Barnet, EN5 2BE
Map showing Ark Pioneer Academy

Yes - on site parking provided

There are limited spaces in our carpark so you may need to street-park nearby.

If driving, please use the vehicle entrance on Westcombe Drive; parking is available (press 1 and call to speak to reception to enter). Please let us know if you intend to park onsite.

If cycling, we have bike parking facilities.

If walking, please use the pedestrian entrance on Barnet Lane (press 1 and call to speak to reception to enter)

If travelling by tube, the nearest stop is High Barnet on the Northern Line. Walk down the Hill to Barnet Lane; our pedestrian entrance is on Barnet Lane, near the intersection with Westcombe Drive.

Disability and access details

Ark Pioneer Academy buildings are all DDA compliant with accessibility for all users, having space in which people can easily move, interact and use the physical features. Below is a high-level overview of our school's physical accessibility; for further information please get in contact with us. External spaces: -School entrance for has step-free access and an automatic pedestrian gate for visitors -Disabled parking spaces on site will be kept free for genuine need -The school has an accessible entrance foyer with a disabled user operated button for the doors -Our playground and all external facilities are entirely accessible by a wheelchair due to ramps and paths -There are two water fountains located outside Shared internal spaces: -There is access to seating in the reception foyer and an accessible toilet -There are accessible toilets on every floor of the building and in the gym area there is an additional specialist shower facility and disabled toilet -All floors are accessible by lift -There are three water fountains spaces throughout the ground floor -Signage around the school adheres to current Health and Safety regulations -Lighting is suitable for purpose in all rooms with blinds in most rooms to allow for adjustable lighting Classrooms: -All rooms will be kept clutter free, floor space will be clear to enable access and manoeuvrability -There adjustable height tables to allow comfort and space in classroom different settings -Toilet facilities are available close to each classroom, with signage is in place to signpost users

Access needs policy

Westcombe Drive, Barnet, EN5 2BE
School phases
Secondary (11 to 16)
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

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