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.
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 two-year terms, up to a maximum of ten years. The initial term of the first Chair will be three years, with annual election by the LGB thereafter. 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 six 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)
Jason Marantz (Principal)
Jason Marantz is the Principal of Ark Swift Primary Academy.
I am the Schools Marketing Officer at Ark, and responsible for developing and managing the network’s strategy for attracting pupils to its schools. I work closely with Ark Swift and am excited to share my expertise and support the Local Governing Board. Before joining Ark, I ran my own business as a freelance copywriter and was the Publications Executive at the British Bankers’ Association. I have also worked in politics, have degrees in European Studies from the University of East Anglia and KU Leuven, Belgium, and am a qualified journalist.
Caspar Le Fanu
I graduated from Oxford in 2009 and headed straight into education, teaching Maths and Philosophy and acting as Head of Year 8. In 2013 I went into business, working in a variety of industries for a top strategy consultancy firm. I remain passionate about education, organising outreach events in local schools with my new colleagues; my aim in becoming a governor is to help promote equality of opportunity for all pupils and help create a new generation of thoughtful, empathetic and motivated students.
I am an experienced manager in the education charity sector, with experience in strategy, operations, and social enterprise. I currently work in the Education team at Nesta, a UK's innovation charity. I became a governor at Ark Swift when working Ark Schools, in their Mathematics Mastery programme. I bring project management experience from both international development (The Clinton Foundation) and private sector (Bain & Company). I'm passionate about education, have taught English abroad, and tutored in secondary schools the UK. I'm delighted to be on the governing body at Ark Swift, and look forward to supporting them over the coming years.
Will Marshall (Local Authority Representative & Safeguarding Link Governor)
Francis Marx (Finance Link Governor)
Matthew Reynolds (Parent Governor and SEND Link Governor)
Lekha Sharma (Teaching Staff Governor)
I am a Year 6 class teacher and English Lead at Ark Swift Primary Academy. I graduated with a degree in Psychology and completed my PGCE at the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick. I've been a teacher for four years and have previously worked in inner city Birmingham and in Slough. I am passionate about ensuring the best outcomes for pupils and this has motivated me to become a staff governor. I hope that in this role I can support the academy's journey to excellence and can broaden my understanding of how a school is run.
|LGB Name||Term Dates||Gov type and Term||Relevant declarations of interest||Attendance at meetings 2015/16|
6 out of 6
|Damian McBeath||19/11/2014||Executive Principal||
5 out of 6
|Caspar Le Fanu||01/06/2015||Ark Nominated||
5 out of 6
|Michael Mann||01/09/2013||Ark Nominated||
6 out of 6
|Francis Marx||01/09/2013||Ark Nominated||
6 out of 6
|Will Marshall||01/12/2013||Local Authority Rep||
5 out of 6
|Teaching Staff (Former)||
||2 out of 2|
|Parent (Former)||1 out of 1|
|James Townsend||01/09/2013||Ark Nominated||
4 out of 6
|Lekha Sharma||Teaching Staff||1. Ark schools employee (Assistant Principal, years 5 and 6)||3 out of 4|
All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark Schools. The term of a governor is two years, except for the chair (three years) and the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of his time in post.