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Ark Boulton students with head Herminder Channa (image via Ark website)

Trojan Horse school gets an Ark makeover

Two years after Golden Hillock investigated by Ofsted over extremist risk, new academy has been turned around

Posted by Stephanie Broad | January 08, 2016 | Teaching

One of the schools at the heart of the Trojan Horse scandal, Golden Hillock, was taken over by successful academy chain Ark in September to become Ark Boulton Academy.

The school was put into special measures in 2014, after it emerged that several schools in Birmingham were exposed to radical religious views and ‘ousting’ of non-Muslim teachers.

Now, with a new name, uniform and tutor group system, Ark Boulton Academy expects a lot of its students. Headteacher Herminder Channa told the BBC in a recent interview that “the change in name actually came from parents and the community,” suggesting that the takeover was welcome after a long period of uncertainty.

At the new academy, students have their uniform and equipment checked and are expected to move between lessons in a calm and orderly fashion. A longer school day and smaller class sizes places emphasis on discipline and community. As of summer 2015, 41% of students achieved five or more GCSE grades at A* - C. This summer’s results will be a key indicator of the academy’s success.

Hear more from the new heads of Ark Boulton in the BBC interview

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