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.
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
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.
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.
Guy Holloway (Ark Nominated Governor)
Coming from an international development background Guy specialises in programme delivery, policy analysis and development, and strategy and has worked for intergovernmental agencies and NGOs across the globe. Guy is currently Director of Operations at Girl Effect, a creative non-profit that builds youth brands and mobile platforms to empower girls to change their lives. Prior to this, he managed Ark's international Health and Child Protection Programmes globally with a main focus on supporting Arks Zimbabwe office to spin off into an independent entity. Prior to this Guy worked for the Commonwealth Foundation as part of the capacity development and governance teams where he delivered the pan-Commonwealth civil society Post-2015 Development Agenda involving over 350 national CSOs across 14 southern countries. Prior to that Guy has worked with BRAC and CIVICUS, two leading international development organisations working on governance, health, education, livelihoods and human rights.
Louise Knight (Ark Nominated Governor and Safeguarding Link)
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 (Ark Nominated Governor)
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.
Monna Shahna (Parent Governor and SEND Link)
Monna Shahna is an American-trained, UK registered Social Worker with over 13 years experience working in the field of mental health. Over the course of her career, she has provided counselling and mental health services to a wide range of individuals including survivors of domestic violence, adults with severe and persistent mental illness, individuals with learning disabilities and inner city youth. She is currently a volunteer with the Rainbow Trust, a charity providing support to families of children with a life-threatening illness, and full-time mum to her 4 year old daughter, Misha.
Kristen Shannon (Ark Nominated Governor)
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.
Sarah Ryan (Ark Nominated Governor and Finance Link)
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: PG Governor Attendance and Register of Interest 2017-18.pdf