Message from Lorraine Clarke, Regional Director, Ark  

Lorraine Clarke

Welcome to Ark Castledown Primary Academy, a community primary school serving the children of Hastings. We are a two-form entry school meaning that we have 60 pupils in each year group, from nursery to year 6. Our staff make a tremendous effort to get to know each and every pupil individually, in order to provide the very best care they can for them. 

Our vision for our pupils is clear: we are working so that every child who attends Ark Castledown will be academically and socially equipped for success at secondary school – and beyond that – to go on to university or the career of their choice. 

At Ark Castledown Primary Academy we have high expectations for all our pupils. We are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to ensure that all of our pupils succeed. Our curriculum places an emphasis and clear focus on English and mathematics. Skills learnt in these subjects provide the foundations for all learning, but rest assured that there are also many other opportunities for students to explore and develop their other skills and talents. Our curriculum includes a broad range of enrichment activities such as humanities, music, PE, the arts and more.  

We became an Ark school in 2017, which means that we are now part of a strong network of schools across the country. We will have particularly close links with other Ark schools here in Hastings: Ark Blacklands Primary Academy, Ark Little Ridge Primary Academy, Ark Helenswood Academy and Ark William Parker Academy.  There will be many opportunities for us to collaborate and learn from each other.

I also believe that our school will benefit from close links with the wider local community. As Regional Director, I work very closely with the Principals of Hastings Academy Trust, TKATT, DCAT and local authority maintained schools. Additionally, I am a member of county working groups and panels, including the highly successful Hastings Primary Placement Panel, all of whom are working to ensure our pupils are part of an inclusive and nourishing learning environment here in Hastings.

I offer you a very warm welcome.

Lorraine Clarke

Regional Director