Ark Swift appoints New Headteacher

We are pleased to announce Christopher Greenhall as our new Headteacher.

An experienced educator and senior leader, Mr Greenhall was previously Head of School at Southlands Lower School and Deputy Headteacher at Holmemead Middle School.

“I am delighted and proud to be new Headteacher of Ark Swift, a fantastic school on a journey to excellence," said Mr Greenhall. "Our school vision is dream, believe, achieve; I look forward to working with pupils, parents and staff to help our young people to do just that.

“Ark Swift is a close-knit school community and together, we will achieve excellence – helping our pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and character to not just excel in the modern world, but to help shape it for the better”.

This is an exciting time for the school, which recently announced Damian McBeath as Executive Headteacher. Mr McBeath is also Executive Headteacher of nearby Ark Conway Primary Academy and Ark Bentworth Primary Academy.

This primary partnership will allow all three schools to benefit from greater shared learning and collaboration, improving the primary school offer for families across the local White City community. It also allows each school to benefit from Mr McBeath’s impressive experience and track-record – last year Department for Education figures showed that Ark Conway achieved the best results in the country for key stage 1.

“The biggest transformation taking place in White City is in the mind-set of our pupils. There is a genuine sense that anything is possible and we embrace that," said Mr McBeath. "The appointment of Mr Greenhall as Headteacher is a significant step towards the World Class education our children deserve. Chris is a great leader with a huge amount of experience in local, national and international educational initiatives."

Cllr Sue Macmillan, Cabinet Member for Children and Education, said: "We're delighted such an experienced and talented teacher will be leading Ark Swift. I'm sure Christopher Greenhall will continue the excellent work already begun to give their pupils the best possible start in life."

A parent at Ark Swift said: “In the short time Mr Greenhall has been the Interim Headteacher we have seen some great changes at Ark Swift. He motivates and inspires the children and I feel valued as a parent. I am excited for what the future holds for Ark Swift.”