We are moving!

We are counting down to the move from temporary accommodation within Ark Priory Primary Academy to our own new building on the Vale:  just a few weeks left to go!  We move in the week beginning 19th February 2018 and the school will be closed whilst we move.


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 Byron 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 Byron.

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 most non-academy governing bodies, Ark Byron's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter - educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

PDF iconMaster Funding Agreement

PDF iconAmendment and Restatement Agreement

PDF iconArk Byron Primary Academy Supplemental Funding Agreement

Our Local Governing Body

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

Six to ten 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 Byron Primary Academy Principal
One parent governor
One  staff governor
One local authority representative from Ealing Council

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 Schools

The LGB meets five times a year.

Contacting the Governors

The current Clerk to Governors is Cathi Hughes (Catherine.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

Jacqueline Steele (Executive Headteacher)

Jacqueline Steele is the Executive Headteacher of Ark Byron and Ark Priory Primary Academies.

Claire Dacam (Chair)

Claire is a Business Affairs Consultant with over 25 years experience in the music and entertainment industry. She trained as a lawyer with the international law firm Herbert Smith and worked for them in London and Hong Kong before moving to IMG Artists where she was Director of Legal Affairs and Managing Director, Europe. Claire's freelance portfolio includes a diverse range of music and entertainment industry clients as well as community and social projects.

Jonathan Clifton (Pupil Premium Link Governor)

Jonathan Clifton is Head of Strategic Policy at the Department for Education. He was previously an Associate Director at the IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research), where he led the institute’s work on education policy. He is the author of a number of reports on education policy including Excellence and equity: tackling educational disadvantage in England’s secondary schools and A critical path: the future of higher education in England.

James Evelyn (Safeguarding Link Governor)

James has worked in primary schools for around ten years and is currently employed as Network Lead for Primary Maths at Ark.  For him, becoming a Governor is very mcuh about providing additional support for a school from a different angle to his day to day work at Ark.  The majority of his career has been spent in inner city education; helping to improve life chances for children in these areas is his central motivation for becoming a Governor.

Julian Gallant (Local Authority Representative)

Julian is a classical pianist, conductor and composer of music for media. He has performed all over the world, with a special focus on Russia; he was CEO of Pushkin House, a centre of Russian culture in the heart of London, from 2006-2012. Julian is a Director of Ensemble Productions, which stages ballet, opera and orchestral music in London’s major venues. He has recently been appointed Artistic Director of the Ealing Festival of Music and Film.

Josephine Gayton (Parent Governor)

Josephine is an experienced R&D professional who has worked in the pharmaceutical industry since 1999.  She is currently the Vice President, Global R&D Project Management and Analytics at Ipsen Biopharm Ltd, a French speciality care pharmaceutical company.  Before moving into the pharmaceutical industry, she gained a PhD at the Institute of Cancer Research, London, in molecular biology and genetics.  She also as a BSc (1st class Hons) from Sussex University in Biology with European Studies (French) and a diploma from the Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble.  Josie is a keen scuba diver, skier and more recently a snow boarder.  She lives in London with her husband, twin 6 year olds and twin cats. 

Holly Harris

Holly joins the governing body with a career in the education sector and, more recently, 4 years of experience working on Ark's central team. After two years supporting Ark's Heads and Principals with their general recruitment, including recruiting Priory's first members of staff, she is currently Recruitment Manager on the Ark Teacher Training team and is thrilled to be able to contribute in a different way to two of the network's exciting new schools.

Richard Harris (Community Link Governor)

Richard is a qualified solicitor working as Chief Legal Officer for an international recruitment company in London.  After graduating from the University of Surrey with a degree in Sociology, Richard attended the College of Law and then completed his training the City of London.  Most of his career has been spent working fro technology and internet companies.  Ricahrd has lived in Acton since 2001 and loves the diversity and vibrant community of which the school is a critical pillar.  Richard believes that an early foundation in words and numbers combined with the encouragement to love knowledge, question and be confident are vital to the success of the child.  Ricahrd is also committed to free education as a driver for social mobility.

Samuel Lawrence (Non-Teaching Staff Governor)

Samuel Lawrence is the Site Manager of Ark Byron and Ark Priory Academies.

Chris Reinecke (Finance Link Governor)

Chris is a partner at an investment firm and previously worked for Goldman Sachs.  Having been fortunate to attend a great state school in Germany before moving the UK (where he studied Materials, Economics and Management at Oxford University), he believes that schooling is paramount for every child, no matter their background.  Chris's motivation to become a Governor at Ark Byron is to help provide access to the best possible education and contribute to the wider community from the grass roots.  He believes education is the key to enriching society overall and the most efficient and effective way of making a difference.



LGB Name Term Dates Gov type and Term Relevant declarations of interest Attendance at meetings 2015/16
Jonathan Clifton 01/09/2013 Ark Nominated
  1. Employment:  Institute for Public policy Research.  Currently on secondment to the Department for Education
  2. Membership: London Citizens

5 out of 6

Claire Dacam 21/11/2014 Ark Nominated
  1. Employment: Business Affairs Consultant

6 out of 6

Julian Gallant 03/02/2014 Local Authority Rep
  1. Freelance musician / producer
  2. Trustee: Ealing Festival of Music & Film (since July 2014)
  3. Chairman: Ealing Central & Acton Conservative Association
  4. Trustee of Acton (Middlesex) Charities

4 out of 6

Holly Harris 01/11/2015 Ark Nominated
  1. Employment: Recruitment Manager, Ark Teacher Training (Priory and Byron schools recruitment)

6 out of 6

Dineshi Ramesh 01/09/2013;   


Ark Nominated        



  1. Employment: Board Intelligence
  2. Member:  Institute of Electrical Engineers
  3. Ark schools governor

5 out of 6

Joshua Perry 31/08/2013;   


Ark Nominated;        


Chair (Former)

  1. Director: Assembly, an Ark education technology venture
  2. Director: Factfinder Guides, Children's Travel Publishing Company
  3. Trustee: Microenterprise South Africa, Social Enterprise Investment Charity
  4. Ark connections: Sibling’s partner is working for Assembly (2015/16)

6 out of 6

Jacqueline Steele 01/09/2014 Executive Headteacher
  1. Director: Aldridge Road Villas Ltd

6 out of 6

Mike Pritchard 01/03/2014 Parent 1. Employment: EMC Computer Systems        


2. Governor at Jack Tizard School, Shepherds Bush, London

4 out of 4

Samuel Lawrence   Non-Teaching Staff 1. Employed by Ark Byron & Ark Priory Academies 1 out of 2
Vicky McKechnie 01/09/2016 Ark Nominated 1. Clinical Psychologist employed by West London Health Trust 2 out of 2
Emma Webster 31/08/2014;        



Parent (Former) 1. Employed by Your Employment Settlement Service (YESS)        


2. Jacques Samuel Pianos (owned by mother and donated piano to academy)

3. Work closely with Heads Up

2 out of 2
Leila Tipping 01/09/2013;        



Ark Nominated        



1. Employed by Ark 1 out of 1

Ark Byron and Ark Priory share a Governing Body.  Ark Byron did not open until September 2015 and therefore attendance data is not available for 2014/15 as the first joint meeting was Autumn 1 of 2015/16.

All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark Schools.  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.