New Principal Takes Over at Ark Swift Primary Academy

Jason Marantz aims to give young people 'very best start in life'

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Ark Swift Primary Academy in Australia Road has a new Principal, Jason Marantz, who is taking up the reins in this new school year.

Swift, which serves the community living in and around White City and Loftus Road, joined the Ark network of schools 2013 and was rated 'good' in its first inspection by Ofsted this June.

Mr Marantz says: "I’m proud to be the new principal of Ark Swift and I’m going to build a school community that will cater for every child’s needs.

"The only way to do this is to get to know every child. What are they good at? What do they need extra help with? How can we support them to be their best?

"I want to work with the local community to give our young people the very best start in life."

Mr Marantz has almost 20 years’ teaching experience and has worked in a number of leadership roles. He was headteacher at a primary school in North London for three years, chief executive of a teacher training and adult education college, and helped to set up a new school. He is training to be an Ofsted inspector.

Parents and carers will have the opportunity to meet Mr Marantz at a Meet the Principal event at Ark Swift on October 14 at 2.30pm.

As he begins his new role Mr Marantz has written an open letter to parents and carers, in which he says: "The first day at a new school is exciting for anybody – including a new principal. That is why I wanted to write to introduce myself. I am Jason Marantz and I am proud to be the new Principal of Ark Swift Primary Academy.

"As an experienced headteacher, I wanted to work with a lovely school which is constantly improving and has real potential to become one of the best schools in West London.  Since it became Ark Swift in 2013, our school has made great strides, such as introducing Positive Playtimes, where children are encouraged to learn, share and play. Our results have gotten better and better each year, and the most recent Ofsted inspection in May 2016 graded the school as 'good'.

"These are excellent achievements but this is only the beginning. I now want to lead Ark Swift onto its next stage and I will do whatever it takes to ensure your children have the best school experience they can."

You can read Mr Marantz' letter in full on Ark Swift's website