Open Days

In preparation of the Ark Paddington Green Academy/King Solomon Academy merge, we will be inviting families of King Solomon and Paddington Green, prospective parents and members of the local community to view both school sites. There are 3 more opportunities to do this, with the next one taking place Tuesday, 20th November at 9am. You do not have to book in advance, but we do ask that you arrive on time for a prompt start.

On the 20th, the morning will begin at King Solomon with a presentation and site tour from the Principal, Max Haimendorf. The group will then walk over to the Ark Paddington Green site, for a tour and a brief Q&A session. If you are unable to make this, you are welcome to attend any of the other dates scheduled. These are listed below:




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 Paddington Green 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 Paddington Green.

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 Paddington Green's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter - educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

PDF iconMaster Funding Agreement - Amendment and Restatement Agreement

PDF iconSupplemental Funding Agreement

Our local governing body

Ark Paddington Green’s local governing body (LGB) is made up of six to ten members appointed by Ark Schools, to include the Chair and Principal. Governors are usually people with a local connection or a particular skill or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area.

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 four times a year.

Contacting the governors

Governors can be contacted through the Clerk. The current Clerk to Governors is Natasha Brown

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit If you have any governance-related queries, please email

All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark Schools. The term of a governor is three years, except the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of their time in post.


Current Governors

Max Haimendorf - Executive Principal

Katarine Deeks - Head of School

Ann Ewing - Chair

An experienced executive who has worked internationally in the energy, banking, and educational sectors, Ann is passionate about the value of education at all stages of life, including personal and professional development at work. She teaches a number of adult courses including leadership programmes within the Open University. Ann is proud to chair the Ark Oval Primary School governing body and also the Ark Paddington Green Primary School and to support the Headteachers and their teams as they take their schools forward to even higher standards of education for all pupils.

Chris Hawthorne

Chris has been a governor at Paddington Green school for about 8 1/2 years, 7 of those as chair. He has good links with Westminster local authority. All three of his children have attended Paddington Green school and his wife has worked there, so they know the school community well. His main work is as pastor of a small local Baptist church where he have been senior minister for 11 years. The church has grown and he has led it through significant change during that time. He also serves on the main committee of his group of churches and the national executive of a UK group of churches called Affinity. 

Kristen Shannon

Prior to moving to the UK, Kristen worked in human resources and recruitment for Uncommon Schools in the United States. From 2010 until recently, Kristen worked as the Head of Recruitment for ARK Schools, leading the recruitment team to support the schools in the network to find the highest quality staff for their leadership, teaching and support staff vacancies. She is currently the Head of Programme for ARK Teacher Training and looks after all the operational components of the training of new teacher in the network. Kristen has a degree in educational policy and history from Northwestern University. As governor she brings her particular expertise in the fields of inter faith dialogue and pastoral ministry.

Louise Knight

After three years at Bain & Company as a management consultant, Louise left the corporate sector to work in Education. She gained a PGCE, and now teaches English at Kingston Grammar School, where she thoroughly enjoys the teaching, but misses the opportunity to tackle larger strategic questions and challenges. She hopes to be able to apply both sides of her experience to the governor position.

Stanislav (Steve) Rozhdestvensky

Steve Rozhdestvensky is a partner at AKO Capital, one of Europe's leading investment partnerships. Prior to joining AKO, Steve worked at Kynikos Associates and Morgan Stanley. He graduated from the University of Alberta in Canada, with a Bachelor of Commerce Honors Finance. His wife is a teacher, who comes from a teacher family, which has given him first-hand knowledge of the dramatic impact that individuals make in the lives of young students.

Sarah Ryan

Sarah has almost twenty years of experience, primarily in finance, but also in higher education fundraising and corporate development and strategy. Outside of work, she has served as Finance Director of the Junior League of London, a charity, and on the Board of Governors of Nelson College London, an alternative higher education provider.


Governor Attendance and Declarations of Interest

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 his time in post.

The register of interests and attendance information for governors can be found here: PDF iconPG Governor Attendance and Register of Interest 2017-18.pdf