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 Archer 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 Archer Academy.
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 John Archer 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.
CONTACTING THE GOVERNORS
The current Clerk to Governors is Katie Bird (email@example.com). Governors can be contacted through the Clerk.
OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BODY
Ark John Archer Academy's LGB is made up up of six to ten members appointed by Ark, 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 five times a year.
Katie Oliver (Chair)
Katie Oliver was formerly Ark’s Director of Operations and now heads up Ark Start, a pilot programme to broaden and extend work in early years education.
Thea Sherer (Vice Chair and Literacy Link Governor)
Thea is Head of Group Communications at a global academic publishing company with many years experience in communications, external affairs and marketing in the public and private sectors. She has particular interests in developing children’s interest and capability in the ‘STEM’ subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), the importance of Music and the Arts in the curriculum and the need for all children to have opportunities to achieve their best in literacy and numeracy so that they can use these skills in other areas of the curriculum. She has been a member of the Governing Body since December 2014 and is committed to ensuring that all the children who attend the school have a positive start to their education and are given every opportunity to achieve their best.
Mary-Jane Collington (Pupil Premium Link Governor)
Mary-Jane has recently relocated to London, having worked as a successful headteacher for many years in Somerset. She is widely experienced in school improvement and has collaborated with and supported a number of other school leaders through change and challenges. Mary-Jane's passion for education is driven by a belief in equality; that all opportunities should be afforded to all children, regardless of background or personal circumstance.
Mary-Jane also believes strongly in nurturing positive relationships between parents/carers and schools and that this is key to helping children be the best they can be. In addition, Mary-Jane feels that providing high quality support to school leaders and staff is crucially important in improving and maintaining standards.
Mary-Jane was a school governor in Somerset for 11 years and is enjoying the opportunity to share her experience and expertise in supporting the education of children in her local community.
Cressida Llewellyn (SEND Link Governor)
Cressida is a SENDCo at an all boys’ comprehensive school in West London. Starting as a history teacher in 2000, she moved into SEN in 2005. She has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy and attended training to support secondary age students with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. She is also responsible for identifying and assessing students who may need adjustments to remove barriers to accessing examinations, such as extra time or a reader.
Cressida has been a governor at the school since 2016. She is motivated by ensuring that all learners have the best opportunities to achieve their potential.
Suzie McCluney (Safeguarding Link Governor)
Suzie is a lawyer in the healthcare sector advising on claims, ethical issues, policy and regulatory matters. She has an MA in Medical Law and Ethics and is an accredited CEDR Mediator. Suzie was involved in her children's PTA for a number of years and worked as a teaching assistance with SEN children (on sabbatical) gaining experience of school from the staff room. Her ethos is that it is important to support the development of strong and successful schools within the community to build on the education of local children in as many ways as possible.
Suzie's broad range of skills within the professional environment allow her to make a positive contribution to the Governing Body of the school. Her drive is to ensure the children have equal opportunities to understand their own individual strengths and skills in a safe and nurturing environment.
Sian Rowlands (People and Recruitment Link)
I am a senior employment lawyer with 8 years' in-house experience supporting organisations' people strategies by advising on risk and helping to protect from legal harm. This has included large scale change programmes, the implementation of new procedures, and handling litigation. I have also worked as HR strategic business partner which involved working closely with senior leadership teams in inclusion, engagement, recruitment and development programmes. A Wandsworth resident for almost 10 years I enjoy yoga, mountain walking and running and enjoy contributing my skills to the local community at Ark John Archer Academy.
Michael Surman (Finance Link Governor)
I am a chartered accountant with experience auditing and advising a range of clients in the commercial, charitable and public sectors. This includes work with a number of government departments and agencies in the education sector. Before moving to south London to start my career I studied modern languages and history at Durham and am passionate about the importance of the humanities in the curriculum.
Having made London my home, I volunteered as a governor to contribute to the community that welcomed me so warmly when I arrived here over five years ago, and to bring the perspective and skills of my profession to the governance of a local school.
Sian Wickersham (Ark Link Governor)
Sian is currently working for Ark as a Network Lead teacher providing support to teachers across Ark schools. Prior to this, she worked as a teacher in London and the West Midlands and is passionate about all children having a high-quality education. For Sian, governance is about providing support to schools in a different way to her everyday work and being involved directly in helping children achieve their potential.
Moira Cruddas (Principal)
The Register of Interests 2019-20 for Governors and the Attendance Information 2019-20 can be found here:
All appointments are made by the Director of Governance. The term of a Governor is three years, except for the the Principal, who remains a Governor for the duration of time held in post.