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Absolute Return for Kids and Academy Schools

publication date: May 25, 2006
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author/source: R Taylor
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At its recent fundraising event, the charity Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) raised a record breaking £18m in one evening. Some of this will be applied to the four Academy schools they are planning to develop in London. These are Southwark (new school in Brixton), Lambeth (new school at Elephant & Castle), Westminster (Lisson Grove) and Hammersmith (Burlington Danes school – due to open in Sept. 2006).


ARK recently appointed Capita Symonds as the construction project manager for the development of their Academy schools. This further embeds Capita Symonds as one of the major players in this programme as they are now working on ten of the 47 Academy schools currently in development.


While ARK have had a few problems (most notably in Islington) in relation to their plans for opening Academy schools, they have built up a strong education team led by Lucy Heller, who was previously Joint Managing Director at TSL Education (then part of News Corp.). ARK’s directors and trustees read like the wish list of an A list power broker and include Stanley Fink (Man Group), Arpad Busson (Chairman EIM), Jennifer Moses (ex Goldman Sachs) and Sally Morgan (ex Director of Government Relations at 10 Downing Street).



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