Katie Marshall, Knee Scooter, Teacher using Knee Scooter, ARK Kings Academy teacher
ARK Kings Academy teacher Katie Marshall using her Knee Scooter.

It’s fair to say teachers are a committed breed so when a teacher does something that really grabs your attention, as was the case when Katie Marshall at ARK Kings Academy in Kings Norton tore her Achilles tendon, it’s worth sharing the news with others.

Katie Marshall, French teacher and Head of Enrichment at ARK Kings Academy, definitely fits the bill of committed.

Back in January, Katie tore her Achilles tendon during a heated staff Badminton match against local school Baverstock Academy. True to form, Katie made sure she finished the match (which ARK Kings won, by the way) before seeking hospital treatment for her injury.

Recalling how she acquired her injury, Katie said:

I was stretching to return a shot when I suddenly felt a sharp pain, as though someone had kicked the back of my leg. I kept playing, however, as it was a really close game and I wanted to make sure ARK Kings won.

At the hospital Katie had her leg put in a special boot and was told by Doctors it would be six months until her injury would be healed and in that time she would be unable to walk. Given teachers spend most of their day standing in front of a class of students, Katie faced the prospect of having to re-think how she managed her life, both inside and outside of school.

Going the Extra Mile

Fortunately for ARK Kings, Katie responded to the challenge she was facing with characteristic determination and imagination. The next week she arranged a car swap with her Mother, who drives an automatic, so that she could continue to drive herself to work.

For her days at school, Katie looked to technology for support.  After doing her own research Katie discovered an innovative ‘knee scooter’. As the name suggests, this is a scooter which provides vital knee support. With the scooter not only has Katie been able to rest her leg and get around the school with ease, she has also been able to maintain her dynamic way of delivering lessons.

I am passionate about teaching and couldn’t stand the thought of being off work due to my injury. Luckily, I discovered there is now an amazing selection of adaptive technology such as the knee scooter, which can help people maintain an independent lifestyle.

ARK Kings Academy teacher, Katie Marshall, Teacher using knee scooter
ARK Kings Academy teacher Katie Marshall using her knee scooter

While Katie has responded positively to the challenges she has faced, she is really looking forward to June, when she will be able to walk unaided. However, even after her knee scooter has been retired, students and staff alike will remember the dedication and professionalism Katie has shown. 


  1. This school was a good school but feel in the time from changing from kings norton high to ark kings academy and the time my children left i feel my kids were let down, they had numerous opportunities to resolve issues which however were not and my children continued to fail, and have since thrived since going to their new schools, my daughter says she misses ark and a few of the teachers, katie being 1 of them but doesnt miss all the problems she had there my son however couldnt wait to get out of there and only misses his friends, i got to admit i do miss my kids bring in a local school and the school does have a few great teachers and support staff who do give 100% and that i do miss contacting when there is a problem, i always knew i could go to 1 person in particular when i had issues and knew they would be resolved (when it was kings norton high) but since going through the new channels (not saying my kids form tutors did not resolve them) i felt it harder to get issues resolved, i do wish i had never backed it to become an academy, i have another child i have to choose a high school for this yr and unfortunately ark wont be 1 of them :(, i wish i could have said i would have liked to give them another chance but with my son having special needs i dont feel this will be the right school for him as he would be punished every day, i need a school to work with him

    • Dear Ms Shirley,

      I’m very sorry to hear that you had a poor experience at ARK Kings Academy and appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback. We would welcome the chance to speak with you to better understand your experience and how we can learn from it. I would be grateful if you could contact me directly on 0121 459 4451 or f.clarke@arkkingsacademy.org so that we can arrange a convenient time to speak about the issues you have raised.

      Kind regards,

      Francis Clarke

  2. Thank you for reading the post and for taking the time to give us feedback. I am pleased Ms Marshall has been able to help you and your daughter.

    You can keep up-to-date with ARK Kings Academy by visiting our website at http://arkkingsacademy.org and by following us on Twitter, @ARKKings.

    Kind regards,

    Francis Clarke


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