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 Franklin 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 Amended and Restated Master Funding Agreement. There are also supplemental funding agreements for each individual school in the network, including Ark Franklin.
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 Franklin’s governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.
Our Local Governing Body
Ark Franklin’s LGB is made up as follows:
- Four members appointed by Ark, including the Chair – usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area
- Ark Franklin's Principal
- Three parent governors
- One teaching staff governor
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Janine Ryan (Principal)
Hugh De Lusignan (Chair)
I have worked in finance since leaving Cambridge with a MA in History. My work life has included heading NatWest's UK stockbroking sales division, running Societe General's European equity sales business and founding and floating my own asset management business on the Stock Exchange. I have lived in West London for the last 34 years. My wife and I have raised 2 bilingual children (English and Japanese) who are now at university. I firmly believe that providing a great education is absolutely essential to developing happy, fulfilled and inquiring students who will take their place in the world with confidence.
Virginia Bonham-Carter (Community Link Governor)
I was born and brought up in London. I moved to Queen’s Park, Kilburn when my first child was born twenty one years ago. It is a great pleasure to have Ark Franklin Primary Academy on my doorstep and to serve it as a community governor. I worked in book publishing for approximately twenty five years for companies such as Penguin Books, Faber and Faber and latterly 4th Estate. I am currently active in the local community and have stood but not been elected as a local Councillor. I am also on the West London Board of the charity 'Just for Kids Law'. Both my publishing background and as a trustee of papers donated to the Bodleian Library together with being a parent has led to my interest in and wish to be involved with education, particularly in the vital early years of primary school.
Jim De Zoete (Parent Governor)
I have two small boys at the school - one in nursery and one in reception. My wife and I moved to the area in 2012 and have been keen to get involved in the local community from the outset; for example, setting up the Family Fun Run in 2016. I am currently Deputy Executive Creative Director at Red Bee Creative, a design and content agency that was formerly part of the BBC. I am also a documentary maker with a particular focus on sporting films including 'The David Rudisha Story' for BBC Four. I am a board member of the contemporary dance group, Lost Dog Dance, and am in the process of launching an alternative film school based online. I bring enthusiasm, drive and a desire to represent all the parents, whatever stage their children are at or background they come from.
Adam McCormack (Finance Link Governor)
I am married with four grown up children and have lived in central London for the past 33 years. My career was spent initially as a Stockbroker and then as an Investment Banker in the City, where I worked in fixed income sales. I write regularly on business and economics for an online current affairs magazine. I am a keen golfer, cyclist, and theatre-goer.
Kayt Hall (Parent Governor)
My career has spanned 20 plus years working in advertising specifically in production. Having recently decided to change careers in order to have more time with my family, I am switching roles to project managment on house builds within the local area. With this decision I wanted to immerse myself more in the lives of my children and their schooling and take an active part in my local community. I am passionate about ensuring not only my children, but those of the local area are given the best chance they can get in life to be the best they can. This starts with their education. I have happily involved myself with various school events in a bid to get to know the school, its teachers and its pupils better.
Beth Sangwin (Parent/SEND Link Governor)
Since my daughter joined Ark Franklin in 2015 I have been a big supporter of Ark extra curricula activities, which I have mainly demonstrated by joining the Fork to Fork festival board, and the Parent Teacher Association. As an Early Years practitioner myself, I am keen to help the children of Ark grow and fulfill their potential. I'm hoping that my role as Parent Governor will enable me to be the representative voice of every parent and child in the school, and I'm looking forward to help make Ark Franklin the very best it can be, and also to watch us all grow together as one big happy family!
Claire Smith (Ark Link Governor)
Having worked in education for 9 years, I have been an employee at Ark for over a year as Design Manager for their teacher training programme. Since embarking upon a career in education after graduating, I have taken on many different positions from teaching assistant to teacher in primary, secondary, state and independent schools. I trained to teach through the Teach First programme in 2010 as an English Teacher and worked for three years at a school in Lambeth before taking up a position of Head of Performing Arts and Year 6 teacher at a school in Hackney.
I have been passionate about supporting charities in the education sector since leaving school and have taken up a number of volunteering positions with education charities including founding Xperience First, a work experience scheme for children from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
David Williams (Teaching Staff Governor)
I am the Deputy Headteacher at Ark Franklin.
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 their time in post. Governors may be reappointed for further terms.
The register of interests and attendance information for governors can be found here: Ark Franklin Governor Attendance and Register of Interest.pdf