Governors at Ark Swift Primary Academy
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 Swift Primary Academy is part of Ark - 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.
The Ark Schools Articles of Association, Master Funding Agreement and Accountabilities Framework can be found on the Ark Schools website. Ark’s relationship with the Secretary of State is set out in the master funding agreement. There are also supplemental funding agreements for each individual school in the network, including Ark Swift Primary Academy.
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, unlike in most non-academy governing bodies, Ark Swift PRimary Academy’s governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.
Our Local Governing Body
Ark Swift Primary Academy’s LGB is made up as follows:
- Six to 10 members appointed by Ark Schools, to include the Chair – usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area:
- Ark Swift Primary Academy Principal
- One parent governor
- One teaching staff governor
- One non-teaching staff governor
- One local authority representative from Hammersmith and Fulham
Governors are appointed/elected for three-year terms. Academy staff may not be Chair or Vice Chair of the LGB.
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
Contacting the Governors
The LGB meets four times a year.
The current Clerk to Governors is Cathi Hughes (Catherine.Hughes@arkonline.org). Governors can be contacted through Cathi, and the parent governor can be contacted through the school office.
Tina Alexandrou (Chair)
Daniel Upfield (Principal)
Daniel Upfield is the Principal of Ark Swift Primary Academy.
Johanna Klinsky (Ark Link Governor)
I have been in education as a teacher, mentor, mentor-resident coach and Vice Principal in Chicago since 2001. In May of 2016, I became Deputy Head of Professional Development at Ark. My passion is creating outstanding schools who serve the children from traditionally under-served communities. As a Vice Principal in charge of teaching and learning in Chicago, I helped open a school that was 95% impoverished, 99% minority, and a large percentage of English language learners. As a result of our relentless efforts on improving teacher quality, the school has the highest rating in Chicago (Level 1+) and the highest gains on actual versus expected college entrance scores in the entire State of Illinois. At Ark, I am developing a professional development series on critical thinking for school leaders as well as lead professional development on school leadership, classroom instruction and management strategies.
Sue MacMillan (Local Authority Representative)
I am one of the Councillors representing Wormholt and White City, the Ward in which ARK Swift sits. I have previously served on the Governing Board of Wormholt Primary School for 5 years. I am the Cabinet Member for Children and Education for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. I am also the Chief Operating Officer at Mumsnet, the UK’s biggest online network for parents.
Will Marshall (Safeguarding Link Governor)
I am a recruiter for asset management companies, and have spent most of the last 10 years helping professionals further their careers across Europe, Asia and the US. I have long had an interest in life-long development and learning; I addition to my work as an Ark Schools governor I also work with 6th Form students looking at university applications. A resident of Hammersmith, I also maintain a keen interest in local issues.
Francis Marx (Finance Link Governor)
Hannah Plimmer (Ark Link and Marketing Link)
I am part of the Communications team at Ark and oversee the marketing and attraction for teachers and teacher trainees. I have worked in various roles in the education industry for the past 7 years, including education recruitment and EFL. I also have family links to education, with my mother owning an Early Years provision for over 20 years.
Matthew Reynolds (Parent Governor & SEND Link Governor)
Aashti Zaidi (Ark Nominated Governor)
I joined Ark in 2016 as Project Director, Global Schools Forum, an independent, not for profit organisation to support and represent affordable private schoos in the developing world. Prior to the Global Schools Forum, I managed a portfolio of education investments at the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). I previously lived in India and the US where I worked at the Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank, respectively. I have a long history of volunteering my time with education-focused charities including the Rugby Portobello Trust (UK), Girls Inc (US) and Camp Sunrise (US). I graduated from Georgetown University with a Masters in Public Policy and International Development.
All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark Schools. The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of his time in post. Governors may be reappointed for further terms.
The register of interests and attendance information for governors can be found here: Ark Swift - Governor Attendance & Register of Interests 2017-18.pdf