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  • Ark King Solomon Academy
    Penfold Street
    NW1 6RX
  • Head: Max Haimendorf
  • T 020 7563 6900
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Westminster
  • Pupils: 896
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 15th May 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 26th November 2009
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

All agree that teaching is outstanding (made so by weekly coaching on professional development). ‘We tell our teachers we are going to help them become better teachers,' says the head. 'It means very talented people want to work with us.' Music is heavily embedded in the curriculum, taught for its 'cognitive benefits', 'moral, social and cultural' understanding and 'potential to build effective teamwork' - plus, no doubt, its advantages on the well-honed UCAS form...

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What the school says...

The academy opened with two classes of 30 reception children in September 2007. The nursery and secondary schools opened in September 2009

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Additional Science at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking French at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Additional Science at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking History at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2008, Max Haimendorf MA Oxon (30s). One of the first generation of super-bright heads to have chosen teaching as an alternative to banking, Haimendorf graduated from St Hugh’s College, Oxford, in biological sciences, and joined the first cohort of Teach First. As part of his on-the-job training, taught science at Uxbridge High School, then worked as the scheme’s PR. A period with management consultants Oliver Wyman clarified his career goals: ‘Teaching seemed so different from the usual conveyorbelt that takes Oxbridge graduates to the City,' he told The Guardian soon after his appointment as the youngest head in England when still in his 20s. At King Solomon, he has taken the core problem (‘the endemic issue of educational disadvantage’) and addressed it with a Wyman-like mixture of ‘creative enterprise and analytical rigour’. Still...

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