Ark Boulton Academy

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Ark Boulton Academy
Established 9 November 1910
Religion mixed
Headteacher Mrs H Chana
Location Golden Hillock Road
West Midlands
B11 2QG
52°27′25″N 1°51′39″W / 52.45701°N 1.86086°W / 52.45701; -1.86086Coordinates: 52°27′25″N 1°51′39″W / 52.45701°N 1.86086°W / 52.45701; -1.86086
DfE URN 140014 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 12–16
Website School website

Ark Boulton Academy (formerly Golden Hillock School) is a coeducational secondary school located in Sparkhill in the south of Birmingham, England.[1] It was established in 1910 and educates just under 900 pupils. In September 2015 the school will joined the Ark network of schools at which point it was renamed.[2] The head teacher since September 2015 is H Chana.

In 2014, the school was under investigation for promoting radical Islamic view to pupils: see Operation Trojan Horse.[3]

The school has a higher than average number of pupils eligible for free school meals and has a high proportion of ethnic minority pupils.[1] Ofsted reported in 2011 that "almost all of the school population come from minority ethnic backgrounds including Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Yemeni and Somali including couple of Indian heritages and most speak English as an additional language."[1] The school, which is described as "fully accessible"[1] also has a higher than average number of pupils with educational needs or disabilities and has local authority managed provision for ten pupils with physical disabilities.[1]

The school became a specialist sports college in 2000. In 2003 the school was rated inadequate with large educational improvements need at the school. The headteacher Roger Perks O.B.E from Baverstock School was selected as interim headteacher. In 2004 the school was rated outstanding, after only nine months as interim headteacher Roger Perks retired from teaching. [1] On 1 October 2013 the school became an academy sponsored by Park View Educational Trust.


  1. ^ a b c d e f 'Golden Hillock . A Specialist College for Sport Inspection report (March 2011)', Ofsted, 2011-05-30. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  2. ^ "'Trojan Horse': Golden Hillock School joins Ark network". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  3. ^ Template:Cite Golden Hillock was a much better school. Ark will never be like Golden Hillock. GHS was the og. web