I am delighted to be the Executive Headteacher of Ark Priory academy. As the founding headteacher of Ark Priory, I was extremely proud when we were graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted last Summer, a major achievement in just two years. This bears testament to the drive and commitment undertaken by all the staff from the outset to achieve the highest standards. At Ark Priory we are highly aspirational – we won‘t accept excuses, nor make any.

Our academy poem and values, coupled with our emblem of a swift in flight, encapsulate our culture and ethos. As fledging learners, all pupils will develop the confidence and courage to always strive to do their best, to challenge themselves and to aim as high as possible to maximise their potential and to realise their dream... Courage will help our children to explore, endeavour and excel in everything they do. Our mission is to begin the foundations and preparation for university or an appropriate career of their choice. Our academic targets outstrip national expectations and our aim is to outperform national standards.

English, Mathematics and Citizenship lie at the heart of everything we do. Pupils graduating from the school will be prepared to be responsible, active and successful members of society in secondary school, university and beyond. I am pleased to be working with Miss Grasso, your new Head of School, who has made a welcome return to Ark having worked overseas as a Headteacher for the last two years. I look forward to welcoming you to Ark Priory and to working in partnership with you and your child.

Jacqueline E Steele
Executive Headteacher


I am delighted to have been appointed to the position of Head of School and will fully embrace the opportunity to develop further the outstanding work already taking place in Ark Priory Academy. I aim to continue building on the school’s strengths and bring my passion, dedication and commitment to high standards and consequentially high aspirations and outcomes for all children. Our mission to ensure that all children can attend university or pursue a career of their choice is incredibly important and something that we keep at the forefront of our minds every day, through our academy values of ‘Explore, Endeavour and Excel’ – today we lay the foundations for tomorrow’s success.

I believe that all children can succeed with the right support, examples and encouragement and within instilling this belief into our pupils, their learning like ours, will never stop. Through sharing in these values, I hope to build on the existing achievements of Ark Priory and develop the school further and beyond outstanding so that all Ark Priory pupils succeed and achieve their full potential in all areas of the curriculum and for life beyond Primary school. As Ark Priory Academy community, we all play a role in supporting our children to reach their full potential and beyond, develop and grow to become well-rounded and conscientious citizens of the world that offer a positive contribution to society and always have the ‘courage to fly’. This ambitious vision for Ark Priory pupils commences with being an active, engaged and committed community  to the academy and to pledge to the high expectations that the academy sets for academic success, language, engagement, behaviour, dress and attendance because these are the first layer of building blocks of your child’s future success.

I wish you a warm welcome to Ark Priory Academy.

Daniela Grasso
Head of School