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 Primary 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 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 Ark Bentworth'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 Bentworth Primary Academy’s Local Governing Body (LGB) is made up of six to ten members appointed by the Ark Director of Governance, 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.
Governors are appointed/elected for a term of three years.
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
The LGB meets four times a year.
Contacting the Governors
The current Clerk to Governors is Cathi Hughes (Catherine.Hughes@arkonline.org). 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 Catherine.Hughes@arkonline.org
Karin Ulukut Barrett (Chair and People Link)
Karin is the Chair of Governors at Ark Bentworth Primary, which has come through a period of considerable change with a dynamic leadership team constantly striving to improve the school. Karin has extensive experience in supporting the work of the Governing Body. She first became a school Governor when her child started school three decades ago. She worked in commerce and lived in different countries, but became so interested in education that she decided to retrain as a primary teacher and went on to teach for 20 years, leading teams of staff and mentoring trainee teachers. For the past four years she has been a Local Authority Governor at Ark Academy, with specific responsibility for Safeguarding and for Special Educational Needs and Disability. As such, she tries to champion the needs of pupils and families in our local community. She understands that every family wants their child’s school to offer them the best opportunities to prepare them for the future, so it is crucial to have a skilled, caring, enthusiastic and approachable team in charge of your child's education. Karin believes Ark will provide that. She hopes to use all her experience to contribute to giving your child the best possible start in life at an Ark Academy. She also knows that she need parents' support and involvement, to help us achieve that goal together with the school staff, so she looks forward to working with our entire, diverse London community.
Sam Campbell (Parent Governor)
Sam is a teacher of MFL in a secondary school and her son attends Ark Bentworth. She has been in the teaching profession for over 10 years and does see the importance of pupils achieving highly from primary school level as it does give them a head start in secondary school. She finds the school environment at Ark Bentworth welcoming and volunteers weekly.
Michael Coren (Vice-Chair and Safeguarding Link Governor)
Ian Emerson (Ark Nominated Governor and SEND Link)
Ian has been a Modern Language teacher since 1998, having previously worked in large comprehensive schools in the North-East of England. Ian originally joined the Governing Body to develop the links between Ark Bentworth and City of London School and now works in Latymer Upper School.
Andrew McBroom (Ark Nominated Governor)
Andrew is currently Deputy Head - Co-curricular & Operations at City of London School, where he has taught since 2002. In his time there, he has also been Head of History, Head of Sixth Form and an Assistant Head (with responsibility for Staff Development). He is passionate about the benefits of extra-curricular activity in helping young people develop self-esteem and resilience. He has also worked closely with Mental Health First Aid England to promote their important work. City of London School has had a longstanding relationship with Ark Bentworth and Andrew is excited about the prospect of contributing to that relationship in his role as Governor.
Isabel McCormack (Ark Nominated Governor and Finance Link)
Isabel started her career in finance, having completed an Economics degree at both the University of Edinburgh and University of Miami. She now works as a management consultant, specialising in helping commodities trading companies improve their efficiency and operations. Isabel grew up and was educated in central London, and is an avid proponent of providing high quality education in order to equip children to realise their potential in our fast paced environment.
Melissa Thomlinson, nee Christey (Ark Link Governor and Curriculum Link)
Melissa joined the Ark network in May 2014 as a Professional Tutor and English Subject Lead for Ark Teacher Training. She is a graduate in History and English from the University of York and received an MA in Educational Leadership from the Insitute of Education in 2012. She joined Paddington Academy as an English teacher in 2009 with Teach First and held a variety of leadership positions within the school before becoming Network Lead for English for the United Learning Group in 2013. She wanted to be the Ark Link Governor for the Governing Body because she felt it both exciting and rewarding to work in a group with a wide set of skills, experience and perspectives. She is eager to support the academy in promoting effective teaching and learning to ensure that the pupils achieve to the best of their ability.
Daniel Upfield (Executive Principal)
Daniel Upfield is Executive Principal of Ark Bentworth.
All appointments are made by the Director of Governance for 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 for Governors can be found here: