Striving for excellence
Since we became Ark Swift in September 2013, we have been making huge improvements. Our key stage 2 results have improved by 11%, and our pupils are making more progress than ever in reading, writing and maths. However, there is still work to do. Our leadership team and staff body are determined to make Ark Swift a truly excellent school.
“Our school vision is dream, believe, achieve. 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.”
As our school vision suggests, we have big plans for the future. We want to be known as the place to go to see the innovative use of technology in learning. You can help shape these plans and contribute to a school looking to make its mark. We are a Microsoft Showcase School and innovative in our use of technology in learning. We give our pupils access to cutting-edge technology experiences in the classroom. Recently, they have taken part in "virtual field trips" such as "Skype the Expert" where they have had the opportunity to connect with a zoo in South Africa and taken a virtual tour of a research base in Antarctica
We recognise that to achieve great things, we need great people. That’s why we will help you to be the very best that you can be, throughout your entire career. We offer twice the standard number of training days – including our network-wide ‘Hub Days’ where peers join together to learn and share best practice. There are also opportunities for online training and bespoke learning and mentoring programmes.
As part of Ark's network of schools, Ark Swift's staff benefit from training for their whole career. This includes weekly CPD sessions, a tailored CPD programme for each teacher, twice as many training days as standard, network-wide training days and conferences, and network opportunites (either to work with people from different schools, or even take a lead on developing subject training for the whole network).
Ark currently has 31 schools across London, Birmingham, Hastings and Portsmouth (and we are always growing!) so when the time comes for you to move on, there are plenty of opportunities across the network.
Be part of a network
Joining our school means becoming part of a network of education experts who are all united by the same purpose - a commitment to making a difference where it matters most. You will have the opportunity to come together with your peers locally, nationally and sometimes even internationally, to share resources, learning and good practice. You'll also be supported to focus on what you do best. We are always looking for ways to take away additional pressures, to give you more freedom to concentrate on improving education outcomes for young people. We offer support beyond the classroom; from prioritising strong behaviour management strategies to giving you access to our award-winning data management platform.
Have an impact far beyond your school
If you want to be part of the effort to advance and improve education, join Ark. From creating and working with new curricula and teaching techniques, to collaborating with other schools and partners to share what works, we’re always aiming for system change. Through Ark Ventures, we incubate, launch and scale initiatives, such as Mathematics Mastery, English Mastery, Institute for Teaching and Ambition School Leadership, that address some of the most intractable issues in education and society – in the UK and around the world.