Academies are schools funded by the government with the freedom to govern independently – but all are accountable to the Secretary of State for Education. To share resources and best practice, many are part of multi-academy trusts – a network of schools under one legal body.
Ark Putney Academy is part of Ark Schools - a leading education charity and one of the country’s top-performing academy operators. Ark is non-denominational and does not make any profit from running its schools.
Ark’s relationship with the Secretary of State is set out in the Amendment and Restatement agreement. There are also supplemental funding agreements for each individual school in the network, including Ark Putney.
Every school in the Ark network is the legal responsibility of the Ark Schools Board. This board focuses on statutory duties and delegates most day-to-day responsibilities to each school’s individual Local Governing Body (LGB). This means that Ark Putney Academy’s governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.
OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BODY
Ark Putney Academy's LGB is made up as follows:
- Six to 10 members appointed by Ark, to include the Chair - usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area.
- The Principal
- Two parent governors
- One teaching staff governor
- One non-teaching staff governor
- One local authority representative from the London Borough of Wandswort
Ark aims to create a balanced group that will have the right skills, connections and dynamic for the LGB to work well and support the school in achieving exceptional performance:
Good insight into the specific challenges at the school and the general challenges of operating top-quality schools
Excellent community links
Specific skills as needed by/relevant to the school
A link to the senior executive team of Ark
The LGB meets six times a year.
CONTACTING THE GOVERNORS
The current Clerk to Governors is Katie Bird (firstname.lastname@example.org). Governors can be contacted through Katie and the parent governors can be contacted through the school office.
Alison Downey (Principal)
Fiona Forbes (Chair)
Fiona Forbes is a marketing consultant at Off The Fence Marketing. After graduating from Durham University, Fiona spent a decade working at Unilever before setting up Off the Fence Marketing in 2012. She shares Ark’s aim of giving every Ark pupil an outstanding education and the best possible opportunities.
Jonathan Hiscock (Chair)
Jonathan Hiscock is Founder and Chairman of GSA Capital LLP. Since his degree in Mathematics at Oxford University he has worked in finance for the past 20 years, with a particular expertise in quantitative investment management. Jonathan shares Ark’s aim of giving every Ark Putney Academy pupil an outstanding education and the best possible opportunities.
Edward Davison (Safeguarding Link Governor)
Edward Davison is currently a Senior Policy Adviser in the Cabinet Office, working with the Fraud, Error, Debt and Grants Function (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fraud-error-debt-and-grants-fu...). Previously, Ed worked as the Assistant Head of 6th Form and English teacher at ARK Putney Academy. He was at the school for four years, and completed his training (through Teach First) during his first two years with the school. Ed also volunteers as a founding member of The Lighthouse (http://thelighthousefacility.com).
Joanne Fall is a civil servant working in Westminster. She has held a wide variety of roles working in foreign policy and defence. She has recently worked at the Cabinet Office before joining the Department of International Development. Joanne studied History and has a Masters in International Development. She has previously taught English as a foreign language and health education overseas. She is passionate about improving both academic and extra-curricular opportunities for children in her local area of Wandsworth.
Genevieve Field (Ark Link Governor)
Genevieve has been teaching in London secondary schools since 2009. She was the Professional Mentor for trainee teachers (Teach First and Schools Direct) across multiple schools in the Harris Federation and was also responsible for improving the quality of Teaching and Learning in the school. She currently works for Ark Schools in the Ark Teacher Training Team as a Professional Tutor, School Partnership Lead and Subject Lead for Design & Technology. She gained a Masters Degree in 2007, and completed an NPQML (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders) in 2014. Genevieve believes that all children deserve a great education – to allow them to achieve their potential and follow their dreams and is excited about helping Putney make that a reality.
Lydia McMillan (Teaching Staff Governor)
Lydia is currently Head of Year 10 at Ark Putney Academy and teaches French. She trained at Ark Putney Academy in 2013 then worked in another Ark school to gain more experience before returning to her post as Head of Year in September 2016. Lydia has loved being back at Ark Putney Academy and cannot wait to inspire and encourage her pupils through some very important years of their school careers.
Dylan Samuel (Ark Nominated)
Dylan Samuel has over 10 years experience in the finance industry, predominately in the wealth management sector. Dylan is a life long Putney resident and very familiar with the local area and links to the community. Dylan is the Finance Link Governor and hopes that a combination of business acumen and local knowledge will benefit Ark Academy Putney. Dylan enjoys spending time with his young family and when time permits is a keen sportsman and enjoys rowing, triathlon and cycling.
Andy Smart (Parent Governor)
Married with 2 children, Andy has worked in the photographic industry since 1988. Specialising in the photography of Art, his work has taken him all over the world working closely with artists, galleries, museums and publishers. He has successfully owned his own photographic business since 2003 and also
runs a weekly children's photographic workshop. He is DBS checked by local authority.
Every Saturday, Andy is a volunteer helper at a local football little league and has obtained a Football Association level 1 coaching award.
The safeguarding and welfare of all children is something that Andy is committed to and having
been chair of the PTA at Ark Putney Academy for the last 2 years feels that becoming a parent governor of the academy is the next natural step.
Sarah Sterne (Ark Nominated)
Sarah has a professional background in teacher training; she formerly lectured and mentored student teachers at Brunel and Roehampton Universities. Sarah is dedicated to equality and inclusion; and is interested in the sciences and performing arts. She is a parent of two children currently attending state schools.
Ann was a Magistrate for 12 years both in the Adult Court and on the Youth Bench and Chairman of a Local NSPCC Committee for a number of years. She is married to a Doctor and has 4 grown-up children.
|LGB Name||Term Dates||Gov type and Term||Relevant declarations of interest||Attendance at meetings 2016/17|
|Alison Downey||01/09/2013||Principal||6 out of 6|
|Fiona Forbes||01/09/2015||Chair||1. Founder, Partner: Off the Fence Marketing Consultancy (est. 2013)||6 out of 6|
|Jonathan Hiscock||01/09/2015||Chair|| 1. Employment: GSA Capital LLP
2. Director: GSA Capital Ltd; XYZ Nominees Limited
|6 out of 6|
|Edward Davison||21/01/2015||Teaching Staff||
5 out of 6
|Genevieve Field||15/12/2015||Ark Link||
5 out of 6
|Lydia McMillan||1/05/2017||Teaching Staff||3 out of 3|
20/01/2015 - 31/08/2017
2 out of 2
|Dylan Samuel||01/09/2016||Ark Nominated||5 out of 6|
1 out of 1
5 out of 6
|Sarah Sterne||01/03/2016||Ark Nominated||.||6 out of 6|
2 out of 3
|Ann Williams||01/09/2012||Ark Nominated||
4 out of 6
All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark. The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of her time in post.