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Retrospective

SOUTHWARK’S FAMOUS FOLK AT A GLANCE Charles Dickens Perhaps England’s bestknown Victorian novelist (pictured, top left) (southwark) Charlie Chaplin Actor, comedian and filmmaker and an honouree of two Academy Awards (walworth) Rio Ferdinand Former England footballer (peckham) Michael Caine Actor, recipient of two Academy Awards, a BAFTA and four Golden Globe awards (rotherhithe) Mary Wollstonecraft 18th century author and feminist (newington butts) Michael Faraday Chemist and physicist who invented the electric motor (newington) John Boyega Star Wars Rogue One film actor (pictured, top right) (peckham) Anthony James Leggett Recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics for work on superfluidity (camberwell) Terry Jones Comedian, actor and filmmaker, best known as a member of the Monty Python team (camberwell)

THIS PAGE: Ark Globe Academy is one of Southwark’s most successful schools, with students going on to achieve big things.

BRIGHT MINDS ARK GLOBE ACADEMY Opened: May 2012. As documented by Southwark magazine over the years, the borough’s schools are constantly improving and Ark Globe Academy is testament to this. Former professional footballer, Matt Jones, has been principal of the academy, which is just off Old Kent Road, and east of Elephant and Castle, since May 2012. Jones is extremely proud of the fact that in 2016, 100% of Ark Globe’s sixth form students received a university offer. Writing in his online blog, Jones reveals 62% went to a ‘top third’ university and 48% to a Russell Group university. The school has almost 1,300 pupils.

Boris Karloff Actor, best recognised as Frankenstein’s monster in the 1931 film Frankenstein (camberwell)

There is no simple answer to the school’s success, says Jones, which has enjoyed excellent Ofsted reports. He adds: “We have worked hard to create a culture of aspiration and high expectations. This is reflected in Ark Globe’s mission statement: ‘preparing our students for university and to be leaders in their community’. “The fact is that being ambitious and earning strong exam results are not enough,” Jones adds. “Young people also need access to opportunities and the cultural capital required for university access and success. At Ark Globe, we also work to provide some of the same opportunities for our students that pupils from more financially advantaged backgrounds get to enjoy. These include university visits, networking days and mentoring sessions.”

Isambard Kingdom Brunel Victorian engineer, who designed the Great Western Railway and SS Great Britain (rotherhithe) Chiwetel Ejiofor Actor, best-known for 12 Years a Slave (camberwell) Tim Roth Actor and director (dulwich) Siouxsie Sioux Singer-songwriter of Siouxsie and the Banshees (southwark) Tommy Steele Musician (bermondsey) Florence Welch Singer-songwriter, of Florence + The Machine (camberwell) Charles Babbage Mathematician, inventor of the first mechanical computing machine (walworth) David Haye Boxer, former heavyweight champion (bermondsey) Enid Blyton Children’s author (dulwich)

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Southwark magazine #20  

Over 20 issues, Southwark magazine has covered the transformation of the London borough, showcasing the influential buildings, strong commun...

Southwark magazine #20  

Over 20 issues, Southwark magazine has covered the transformation of the London borough, showcasing the influential buildings, strong commun...