Governance

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 Bentworth 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 Bentworth.

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 Bentworth’s governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

Master Funding Agreement

Amendment and Restatment Agreement

Ark Bentworth Supplemental Individual funding Agreement

 

Our local governing body

Ark Bentworth Primary Academy’s LGB is made up as follows:

  • Six to ten 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 Bentworth Primary Academy Head of School and Executive Headteacher
  • One elected parent governor
  • One elected teaching staff governor
  • One elected 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 Schools 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 Schools

Contacting the governors

The LGB meets six times a year.

The current Clerk to Governors is Cathi Hughes (Cathi.Hughes@arkonline.org). Governors can be contacted through Cathi, and the parent governor can be contacted through the school office.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit www.arkschools.org/governance. If you have any governance-related queries, please contact governance.team@arkonline.org.

Current governors

Damian McBeath (Executive Headteacher)

Dr Michael Coren (Chair & Safeguarding Link Governor)

I am a consultant Paediatrician at Imperial (St Marys Hospital) and I work daily with a multi-ethnic and complex population within a large team. I am very familiar with the social and health challenges of an inner city population and enjoy trying to meet these challenges. I very much enjoy working with the teaching and governing staff at Ark to improve the school life and experience of pupils, parents and staff. I try to learn from colleagues and use my experience to teach others.

Lucy Cawkwell (SEND Link Governor)

I am in my forties and married with a young son. I have always been involved with young people and teaching: I have volunteered in schools and an orphanage; been an au pair; taught English language at a university in South America; and tutored over 50 students on a one-to-one basis (including living with a family in Chile for 10 months). I founded my own tutoring agency 13 years ago and now employ four staff and manage over 200 self-employed tutors. Having been involved in the world of tutoring for over 20 years, I wanted to gain an insight into how a school was run and how a head teacher and their staff work together for the benefit of their pupils. I am very happy that I now have the opportunity to be on a board of governors for an Ark school.

Richard Eschwege

I am a barrister, practising mainly in commercial law. I have advised on and acted in contentious and non-contentious matters across a wide range of commercial disputes, including insurance, energy, banking, financial services, telecommunications, civil fraud, and conflicts of laws and jurisdiction. I regularly appear in the High Court and county courts.

Philip Goldsmith

I am a partner of a hedge fund and have worked in Finance for 17 years since graduating from the University of Manchester in 1996. I attended City of London School from the age of 10, and I have always lived in London. I am married with three young boys aged 9, 8 and 5yrs and live locally in Maida Vale. I became a Governor due to my links to City of London School and my desire to help improve education at a local level.

Yalda Alaoui

Prior to joining the Ark network as a governor, I spent five years working in the financial services sector, at Deutsche Bank and Barclays Capital where I was responsible for the Middle Eastern foreign exchange derivatives sales desk. I gained a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics, a master’s degree in Finance from EDHEC Business School (France) and I speak four languages fluently. I have two small boys, enjoy yoga and have a strong interest in the contemporary and Islamic art worlds.    

Melissa Christey (Ark Link Governor)

Prior to joining the Ark network as a governor, I spent five years working in the financial services sector, at Deutsche Bank and Barclays Capital where I was responsible for the Middle Eastern foreign exchange derivatives sales desk. I gained a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics, a master’s degree in Finance from EDHEC Business School (France) and I speak four languages fluently. I have two small boys, enjoy yoga and have a strong interest in the contemporary and Islamic art worlds.    

Helen Williams 

I have over 30 years experience in education. I currently work for Mathematics Mastery as Director of Primary. Prior to this, I held headships in three diverse London schools. I also worked as a maths consultant and adviser for an outer London borough as well as for the National Strategies where I was Regional Director for London South. I have been a school governor before in roles as staff governor, headteacher and co-opted governor and enjoy seeing schools from this angle.
I am passionate about education, particularly for children from less advantaged backgrounds, and am keen to work as a governor in a school that shares my values of high standards of education for all.

Joe Silvester 

I am an Assistant Head at City of London school with responsibility for the quality of teaching and learning at the school. This is the second primary school at which I have been a governor. I am delighted to be able to help maintain the strong links between Bentworth and City of London School.

 
 
LGB Name Term Dates Gov type and Term Relevant declarations of interest Attendance at meetings
Lucy Cawkwell 01/09/2012 Ark Nominated
  1. Sole director of Osborne Cawkwell Ltd. (tutoring agency)
  2. Friends with Joshua Perry who works for Ark.

5 out of 5

Richard Eschwege 01/09/2012 Ark Nominated
  1. Self-employed Barrister
  2. Director of a private property management company
  3. Member of professional legal bodies

3 out of 5

Philip Goldsmith 01/09/2012 Ark Nominated
  1. DSAM Partners - Senior Analyst and Partner
  2. Trustee & member of Saatchi Synagogue

3 out of 5

Yalda Gorton 12/05/2014 Ark Nominated
  1. Member of Beaverbrook golf club & of  Queen's Tennis Club
  2. Supporter of the Marrakech biennale
  3. Shareholder of real estate and tech companies

2 out of 5

Saba Hammad 21/01/2015    

29/02/2016

Parent    

(Former)

  1. Finance & Admin Officer

2 out of 4

Damian McBeath 19/11/2014 Executive Principal
  1. Non-profit membership: Leading the London Leadership Strategy (LLS) programme for outstanding primary schools

5 out of 5

Hannah Peat 01/06/2013 Ark Link
  1. Employed as  Head of Construction at Ark
  2. Member: BSAC scuba diving club, London No. 1.
  3. Ark connection: Previously employed by Lewis Silkin (2006-2008)

5 out of 5

Michael Coren 01/01/2015; Chair

 

5 out of 5

Daniela Grasso 10/10/2013;        

09/10/2015

Teaching Staff
  1. Employed as Inclusion Manager at Ark Bentworth Primary Academy

5 out of 5

Gary Griffin 01/01/2014;        

01/12/2014

Chair (former)
  1. Employment: City of London Corporation as Second Master at the City of London School
  2. Governor at Naima JPS

1 out of 1

Eugenie White 14/09/2012;        

02/11/2015

Local Authority Rep
  1. Board member and Director: Groundwork London; Ducane Housing Association (both unremunerated and voluntary sector)

4 out of 5

Paula Yasui 10/10/2013;        

09/10/2015

Non-Teaching Staff  

3 out of 5

All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark.  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 her time in post.