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 John Keats 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 Master Funding Agreement. There are also supplemental funding agreements for each individual school in the network, including Ark John Keats.
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 Academy's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.
The Ark Schools Articles of Association and Decision Making Framework scheme of delegation can be found on the Ark Schools website.
OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BODY
Ark John Keat’s LGB may be made up of a combination of the following:
- 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.
- Ark John Keat’s Principal
- A parent governor
- One teaching staff governor
- One non-teaching staff governor
- One local authority representative from the London Borough of Enfield
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
The current Clerk to Governors is Natasha Brown (email@example.com). Governors can be contacted through the Clerk.
If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit the Ark Schools website.
If you have any governance-related queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
VICTORIA HENDERSON (PRINCIPAL)
JANE WITHEFORD (EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL)
JERRY COLLINS (REGIONAL DIRECTOR)
LINSEY COLE (CHAIR; SAFEGUARDING LINK AND BEHAVIOUR & ETHOS LINK GOVERNOR)
Linsey is the Head of Student Enterprise at LSBU. She is responsible for developing the university’s approach to student enterprise, supporting LSBU students and alumni to develop enterprise skills and start and grow their own businesses. Prior to her current post, Linsey was the Head of Business Partnerships at the University of East London (UEL), working with a network of local, national and international partners to generate income for the university and support the regeneration of East London. She has a particular interest in women’s entrepreneurship, having led the creation of UEL’s Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CEWE). In 2012, she completed a secondment at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) supporting the development of enterprise culture and education policy. Linsey is an experienced Project and Partnership Manager, who has delivered projects, funded by ESF and ERDF, to support the social and economic regeneration of East London. She volunteered at London 2012 and is a volunteer with Girlguiding UK.
MARIA ANCUPOVA (SEND LINK GOVERNOR)
Maria has earned both a Master’s in International Political Economy and BSc in Management Sciences from the London School of Economics. Upon graduating in 2011 she joined AKO Capital as an investment analyst, becoming a partner in 2016. She strongly believes that every child should have access to great education, regardless of their background, and thoroughly enjoyed working with children through a number of volunteer projects in London and Riga. She supports ARK’s mission to transform children’s lives through education, and is very keen to contribute to the academy through her professional and personal experiences.
JONATHAN BRUCE (FINANCE LINK GOVERNOR)
Jonathan is a qualified Management accountant with 15 years’ experience across a number of large businesses. He became interested in becoming a school governor after the birth of his daughter. As a parent, he has come to understand the wide sphere of influences that shape children’s lives and can offer his support to the wider community. In the role of finance governor his aim is to provide the means to create the greatest possible opportunities for John Keats pupils.
JASPER GREEN (CURRICULUM LINK GOVERNOR)
CHRISTOPHER JONES (SAFEGUARDING LINK GOVERNOR)
Christopher is currently Deputy Head of a secondary school in North London. Previously he was part of the Senior Leadership Team of a large 11-18 academy in Kent. Christopher has worked on a number of teacher training programme including the Troops to Teachers initiative. As a governor, Christopher is keen to understand education through another lens and share his experience of strategic development and academic management. Having grown up in Wales and Norway Christopher is passionate about how education can prepare students for their role as global citizens. Outside of education, Christopher is a successfully, largely self taught artist who has held a number of exhibitions in London.
AYSE MAHENDRAN (PARENT GOVERNOR)
Ayse is an experienced governor and has worked in the education sector for over 17 years. Her expertise is in the Early Years, children with an Education Health & Care Plan and those with English as an additional language (EAL). She has a Turkish-Cypriot background and is fluent in Turkish. She is keen to be involved in her children's education and is a committed person who can provide key knowledge and experience to the governing body.
ALEX MONK (VICE-CHAIR; LOCAL AUTHORITY REPRESENTATIVE)
Alex Monk has been a governor at Ark John Keats since its opening in autumn 2013. Alex began his governance journey in a Higher Education context where he was a member of university senate, chaired the geography department's student:staff forum and sat on their student education committee. Since then he has gone on to work in consultancy specialising in communications and engagement, which can vary from large-scale public consultation through to targeted stakeholder groups such as young people. His wider engagement remit extends to being a tour guide for Hidden London – an ongoing programme that opens up disused stations and spaces to the public. Alex enjoys working with Ark John Keats and other Enfield schools to promote good governance practice and secure the best outcomes for pupils.
CLAUDIA PARKES (ARK LINK GOVERNOR)
Claudia Parkes is Principal Design Lead at English Mastery. In her role, she works with various schools both within and beyond the Ark network to transform the way English is taught across the UK. As a former English teacher, she has a particularly keen interest in how students can be taught the building blocks of language in such a way that gives them a rich and flexible understanding. She is excited to be a governor to gain a broader insight into how schools work and the tough choices schools have to make.
HELEN WILSON (PUPIL PREMIUM LINK GOVERNOR)
Helen trained as a primary teacher in Scarborough and taught in primary and junior schools in Enfield. She moved from the classroom to work as an advisory teacher for primary assessment in Enfield and for her last post she was working as Information and Communications Manager, where she managed the team working in education statistics, performance management and communication with schools. She is a governor at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, having been a governor at Enfield College prior to the college's amalgamation. Although she has not previously been a school governor, she has a lot of experience in education and is excited about becoming a governor at a school that will grow in the future.
All appointments are made by the Head of Governance at Ark. The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of their time in post. Governors may be re-appointed for further terms.
The register of interests and attendance information for governors can be found here: AJK Governor Attendance and Register of Interest 17-18.pdf