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Arco academy provides a sports-focused alternative education for young people who are unable, for whatever reason, to attend mainstream school.

Lisa Miller - Arco Academy


I am Lisa Miller, Founder of Arco Academy and I would personally like to welcome you to our school.

We aim to empower our students to become the best version of themselves.

We are a sports-specialist Independent school offering an alternative education to mainstream school.

We believe that sports participation helps improve educational performance and the development of critical life skills including goal setting, discipline, teamwork, resilience, focus and hard work so all of our students participate in daily sports activity, tailored to their ability.

At the same time we work with each student on a tailored learning programme designed to help them achieve their full academic potential.

We want our students to enjoy learning and exercising at a level that is right for them so they can achieve more and develop higher levels of confidence and self-esteem.

We also offer additional vocational courses and personal development opportunities to help students better understand the world of work and improve their chances of employment.

We are lucky to have excellent sports and classroom facilities here at Camberwell Leisure Centre, which is ideally located for access from across London.

Our staff (many of whom have previously been professional athletes) are role models for the students and constantly reinforce our core values of high standards, personal responsibility, professionalism and integrity. They work hard to create a safe and secure environment in which our students can flourish.

Rubert Jonker, Principal of Arco Academy, is a distinguished education professional who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role. With a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and two decades of involvement in various educational settings, Mr. Jonker has dedicated ten years of his career to leadership positions. His unique background as a former rugby league player underscores his exceptional qualifications, positioning him as a prominent figure in shaping Arco Academy’s mission.

Mr. Jonker’s impressive qualifications, combined with his extensive leadership experience, uniquely position him to guide and mentor our students at Arco Academy. His tenure in both the sporting and educational spheres equips him with the skills to nurture our students into well-rounded individuals prepared for the ever-evolving demands of the future workforce. Under his guidance, students are not only academically enriched but also empowered to make substantial contributions to society.

As Principal, Mr. Jonker is dedicated to instilling values of excellence, resilience, and teamwork in our students, drawing from his own experiences as a rugby league player. His vision for Arco Academy is one where students not only excel academically but also develop the character and skills necessary to succeed in the world beyond the classroom. Under his guidance, our students will leave Arco Academy fully prepared to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the future.

If you want to know more about our approach or admissions, you can find further information throughout our website. You are also welcome to discuss your requirements for an independent school with one of our senior leadership team over the phone or in person.

You are welcome to visit us here at Camberwell so you can see for yourself the impact we are having and we look forward to hearing from you.

Lisa Miller
Founder, Arco Academy

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