Principal: Lois Osborne
Lois Osborne became Head of School at Ark Conway in September 2016 before taking on the role of Principal in September 2017. Prior to joining the team at Ark Conway Primary Academy as Deputy Headteacher, Lois Osborne was Assistant Headteacher at a neighbouring Ark academy. She was at the forefront of improving the quality of teaching and implemented a coaching cycle with opportunities for teacher-led reflection and research. This ensured teachers developed their skills at a fast rate and the quality of teaching improved rapidly. Lois has contributed to the wider Ark network by supporting the development of Instructional Lead Teachers and delivering central training, including co-facilitation of a National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) middle leader programme.
Before progressing to school leadership, Lois graduated with a First Class BA Honours in Primary Education and established a portfolio of outstanding classroom practice, in which she endorsed learning through critical thinking and collaboration. Her lesson planning was shared across a local authority as excellent practice. Lois enjoys being innovative in her approach to address educational challenges. A technology-based initiative that she assisted was recently recognised by the Association for Learning Technology as excellent practice and an outstanding achievement in the learning technology field. She hopes to use this passion to develop truly unique and rigorous education-based practices at Ark Conway. Lois is currently on maternity leave.
Vice Principal: Rebecca Ross-Wood
Rebecca Ross-Wood joined Ark Conway Primary Academy in 2012 and taught the school’s first Year 1 cohort, in which 100% of children passed the Phonics Screening check. Since then, Rebecca has taught in every year group in Key Stage 2, as well as taking on the role of Mathematics Lead. She has also introduced the MindUp curriculum to Ark Conway, an initiative designed to develop the well-being of all pupils. Beyond Ark Conway, she has supported the development of teachers through co-facilitating Ark programmes for Middle Leaders and for Newly Qualified Teachers.
Rebecca completed her PGCE at the Institute of Education in central London, which involved a variety of teaching experiences in Key Stage 1 and 2 classes. She has also received the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership. She is passionate about providing children with the chance to learn the skills required to achieve excellence both academically and beyond the curriculum. Before teaching, Rebecca graduated from the University of Durham with a degree in Natural Sciences.
Rebecca enjoys both dancing and acting. She has competed in the finals of Miss Dance of Great Britain and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Dublin International Theatre Festival. As an employed dance teacher for five years, Rebecca witnessed at first-hand the benefits that dance can have for children’s health and well-being and, as such, has thoroughly enjoyed being involved in a range of performing arts events at Ark Conway. Rebecca is currently Interim Principal.
Assistant Principal and Year 2 Teacher: Matthew White
Matthew graduated from Loughborough University in 2010 with a BSc in Ergonomic Design and spent a number of years in the Recruitment sector. He joined Ark Swift in 2013 after working as a TA and completing a successful PGCE at the University of Greenwich. Matthew taught Year 5 at Ark Swift for two years and Year 2 for one year. He currently coaches trainee teachers which he very much enjoys.
His passions lie in music, technology and in sport, football in particular. He manages his own successful Sunday team as well as a midweek 7 a-side team and has won a variety of competitions. Matthew is a very keen photographer and enjoys walking with his dog at weekends if he has the time!
Assistant Principal and Reception Class Teacher: Sophie Woodman
Special Education Needs Coordinator: Iida Uusinoka
After two successful terms of working as an SEN Specialist Teacher, Iida Uusinoka took over the role of SENCo in September 2017. She very much enjoys working alongside teachers and co-teachers ensuring that every pupil will make most of their learning.
Iida holds a Masters Degree in Educational Science from University of Turku, Finland. Her experience in both the Finnish and English Educational Systems give Iida a unique and diverse perspective and ability to identify pupils’ needs. She ensures that each pupil receive the individual support they need to achieve their learning targets.
In her spare time Iida enjoys singing and playing tennis. She sings in the choir of the Finnish church of London. As such she is well equipped to be involved in the after-school choir, which she runs together with an Ark colleague.
English Lead, Year 4 Class Teacher and Year 3/4 Literacy Specalist Teacher: Emily Mabile
Emily spent last academic year broadening her knowledge of the Early Years syllabus as a Teaching Assistant in Reception. She is looking to utilise this knowledge next year by working in Year 3 as a Co-teacher. Alongside this she will be completing her teacher training, making for an exciting year.
Prior to joining ARK Conway Primary Academy, Emily worked at a secondary school in North London as a Teaching Assistant specialising in behaviour for learning. Her role involved supporting students with challenging behaviour both in and out of lessons.
Before working in education, Emily spent two years working in Public Relations, having graduated from The London School of Economics and Political Science with a degree in Sociology. Whilst at university, she was the Theatre Editor of the London Student and Social Secretary of LSE's drama society, regularly performing in productions.
Emily is passionate about Performing Arts, having been a member of The National Youth Theatre and singing in choirs since she was young. She thoroughly enjoyed teaching drama in Arts afternoons and hopes to continue to do so next year. Emily is currently on maternity leave.
Year 1 Class Teacher: Stephen Rodwell
Stephen joined Ark Conway in 2015 following a background in the education sector. After graduating from the University of York with a First Class Honours degree in History, he first spent some time as a Teaching Assistant in a York primary school. In the following years, Stephen led children’s events at several museums (including the Natural History Museum), provided academic and pastoral support to students at Bucks New University, and was lucky enough to be part of the National Education Trust for 2 years - an organisation dedicated to sharing excellent practice in education across the UK. It was here that Stephen decided to pursue teacher training.
After gaining a broad range of experience as a co-teacher in Reception and a trainee teacher in Year 4 and 5,Stephen is incredibly happy to be named Year 1 teacher this year. He is passionate about providing young pupils with the strong foundations in reading, writing and mathematics that will set them up for an excellent start to their time at Ark Conway and in their life beyond school.
Outside of school, Stephen is a keen runner and has completed the Bath and Royal Parks half-marathons. He hopes to complete a full marathon in the next year.
Year 3 Class Teacher and Year 3/4 Mathematics Specialist Teacher: Tim Jones
Tim Jones studied at the University of Durham, gaining an MA in English Literary Studies. Following university he worked in children's publishing for 15 years, first in marketing and then as the publisher of books by such authors as Michael Morpurgo and Enid Blyton and characters such as Winnie-the-Pooh and Tintin. In 2013 he began a research programme into children's attitudes to reading and enjoyed spending time with children and hearing their thoughts and opinions. He retrained as a teacher on the Ark Teacher Training Programme at Reach Academy in Feltham during the 2014/15 academic year. His specialist interest is promoting a lifelong love of reading.
Year 4 Class Teacher and 3/4 Literacy Specialist Teacher: Rachael Farish (Maternity cover)
Rachael joined Ark Conway in 2017. She teaches Year 4, and teaches literacy in Year 3.
Hailing from Scotland, Rachael completed her PGDE Primary at the University of Edinburgh and taught in Edinburgh at an inner city school. Before teaching, Rachael gained a degree in Law and French Legal Studies, and she now enjoys sharing her love of the French language with her classes. Rachael has worked and volunteered with SEN children in a variety of settings, including at a school specialising in children with Complex Social, Emotional and Behavioural Needs. Rachael is passionate about getting children excited about reading and storytelling, and has been enjoying delving into fantastic books with the class this half-term.
In her free time, Rachael enjoys working on her static trapeze skills, making pottery and exploring the countryside around London.
Rachael is thrilled to have joined the Ark Conway community.
Year 5/6 Literacy Specialist Teacher: Hannah Bridges
Hannah Bridges started working at Ark Conway in September 2015. She has worked in several schools in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, as a teaching assistant and as a class teacher. Previous to her career in education, Hannah worked professionally as an actress. She appeared in several performances at both the National Theatre and the Royal Court, including Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters and A Miracle by Molly Davies. Additionally, she has appeared on television in productions such as EastEnders, Casualty, The Bill and Cutting It. She also won a Scottish BAFTA for her role in Uncle Dad, a children’s comedy for Citv.
Hannah is a keen gymnast and competed internationally for a number of years. She now coaches in her spare time and has judged at a number of national and international competitions.
Reception and Year 1 Co-teachers
Co-teacher: Charlotte McNeilis
Charlotte joined Ark as a Graduate Co-teacher in September 2016. She graduated from the University of York in July 2016, gaining a First Class Honours in Sociology with Social Psychology. Upon leaving university Charlotte went into recruitment, but after realising this wasn't for her she decided to kick start her teaching career with Ark.
Previously she volunteered as a TA in a secondary school, specifically working with SEN children. Whilst studying Charlotte led a marketing project with underachieving year 8 students from a local school, the project was aimed at ‘raising aspirations’ by enabling children to build upon and use their skills outside of an academic setting. Charlotte also spent time helping Vietnamese college students learn English in her time travelling.
Charlotte is thrilled to be starting her career in early years and loves helping children to achieve the best the possibly can.
Co-teacher: Natasha Sira
Co-teacher: Magdalena Klodzinska
Magda holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from University of Marie Curie-Sklodowska, Poland. Her knowledge and experience gives Magda an ability to identify and respond to pupils’ needs. She spent a number of years working with children with a range of additional needs. She has also worked as a Learning Mentor in a secondary school. Her role involved supporting EAL students to access the lessons and adapt to the educational system in England and also she was supporting underachieving students with challenging behaviour.
After having a baby, she thought she would challenge herself by working in a primary school, especially in early years. Magda joined Ark Conway in September 2017 as a co-teacher in Reception and Year 1. She is passionate about providing young children with a strong foundation in reading and writing and also excellent social skills to prepare them to achieve their best in the future.
Magda loves photography, mostly of new-borns and toddlers. She is extremely happy to be a mother as she really enjoys spending time with her child.
Years 2, 3 & 4 Co-teachers
Co-teacher: Lily Brown
Lily started the Ark Teacher Training programme at Ark Conway in September 2017. Since graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2014 with a BA in Spanish and Media, she has worked primarily in the design industry prior to pursuing a career in teaching. A lot her of her past teaching experience has been done in Hispanic countries, many of which she has spent time in due to her love for the language.
Lily is passionate about exploring and travelling the world, live music, playing tennis and spending time with friends and family.
She is so excited to be working alongside such a fantastic and dedicated team at Ark Conway this year.
Co-teacher: Emily Harris
Emily Graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London) with a 2:1 in Drama and Education. She has always had a passion for the arts and is keen to bring more theatre and drama experiences to Conway and is currently running the school Drama club. During her Degree Emily ran various projects in vast educational settings from touring schools across the UK performing TIE theatre and running post show workshops to running a SEN project at a specialist SEN School and charity in Newcastle.
Since University Emily has worked as a TA in schools across London and has enjoyed working in EYFS key stage 2 and is now enjoying working in key stage 2. Emily has been part of the Ark Network since 2016. Emily will be doing her teacher training in September 2017 and is very excited to be part of the team at Ark Conway. Emily is passionate about an all-round education and is excited to see children find a love for the arts and particularly theatre!
Years 5 & 6 Co-teachers
Co-teacher: Flora Kay
Flora joins Conway as a Graduate Trainee Co-Teacher, and is looking forward to gaining her PGCE while working with Years 5 and 6.
After graduating from Edinburgh with a 2:1 in Religious Studies with History, Flora went on to produce factual programmes and events for TV. This led to four years producing and promoting festivals and fundraising projects for start-ups, charities and social enterprises, which took her to New York and Hyderabad, India. Here, she helped to establish a work-skills centre for young people with ASD and Down’s Syndrome.
Prior to Conway, Flora has worked at a primary school in Zomba, Malawi, and more recently at a primary in Stockwell, providing Maths and English SATs intervention for years 2 and 6. Flora has also spent the last two years working at an educational SEND camp, working with children aged 6-11, with a range of additional needs.
Flora is passionate about providing children with a 'whole' education, both inside and outside the academic sphere.
Co-teacher: Amy Knott
Amy graduated in 2016 from the University of Edinburgh with an MA degree in English Literature and History of Art. She has always loved reading and is passionate about cultivating children’s imagination and seeing them discover the magical world of books. Having also been a part of a netball team in Edinburgh, Amy is looking forward to coaching netball and seeing children take a delight in physical education.
She joined Ark Conway in September 2017 and is excited to be a part of the school.
1:1 Learning Support Assistant: Chlorise Benjamin
Chlorise Benjamin joined Ark Conway in 2013 and will be continuing her experience in the Reception classroom. Before coming to Ark Conway, Chlorise was studying Architecture at Greenwich University part time. Prior to that, she worked in after-school clubs and holiday play schemes in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
During this time Chlorise studied Art and Design at college, and because she enjoyed her art and design work so much she volunteered to help at the Mangrove Mas Camp (Carnival Band work space). It was there Chlorise learnt to play the steel band. Chlorise had the privilege of playing with the band in the Notting Hill Carnival Panorama Steel band competition.
Chlorise enjoys cooking, music and dancing and she loves sharing these skills when teaching the children.
1:1 Learning Support Assistant: Sashika Amaraweera
1:1 Learning Support Assistant and After School Care Supervisor: Carol Kelly
Business Manager: Paulette Williams
Receptionist/Administrator: Saira Shah
Before joining Ark Conway Primary, Saira worked as a corporate receptionist for a broadcasting company. As a mother to a young child Saira understands the importance of education. Her position might be outside the classroom, but she believes we all play an important role to teach children to succeed both academically and socially. In her spare time, Saira enjoys going to the theatre, watching films and spending time with her family and friends.
Site Manager: Maher Fara
Before joining the team Maher worked as a care taker for Sorby House and Vestry Hall in Sheffield which is currently run by the City Council. In his current position he manages the running of the buildings and undertakes reception duties on a day to day basis. He has a great deal of experience dealing with customers and contractors at all levels and has enjoyed working within different communities and cultures. He is fluent in English and Arabic. He is skilled and trained in safety and security duties and is very capable of building upkeep and maintenance, site security and small DIY jobs.
Maher describes himself as a confident and friendly person with excellent communication skills and a commitment towards any tasks given to him. He likes to keep himself fit and active. He likes watching films and listening to music and also enjoys socializing with his family and friends.
Resource Director: Hannah McCormick
Hannah was part of the founding team to open Ark Conway in 2011. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Hannah is responsible for the operations of the school. However, she enjoys being part of all of the school life and is always keen to help out with trips, clubs and events. Her background in music and dance helps her to engage with the school’s specialism of performing arts and has supported many pupil performances.
As Resource Director, Hannah also works across Ark Bentworth and Ark Swift.
Before joining the Ark Conway Primary Academy team, Hannah was an assistant director at a leading educational company, providing Maths and English tuition for children.
Whilst studying History at the University of York, Hannah spent three months working with children in America, gaining an international view of education. This inspired her to undertake a voluntary placement working at a primary school in York, working predominantly with reception. She also helped with an initiative called ‘MEG’ – ‘Musical Education Group’ sending volunteers into local primary schools to hold music workshops and encourage the children to try performing arts.
Lunchtime Lead: Archna Jani
Before joining Ark Conway, Archna worked within fashion retail, as a Merchandiser, working closely with Buyers.
Archna has three children, one of whom is a 13 year old who was born with Downs Syndrome and was later diagnosed with Autism and ADHD. Archna has attended several workshops to help understand these conditions.
Archna loves the family atmosphere the school, parents and children have created.
Midday Meals Supervisor: Morita Braithwaite
Before joining the ARK Conway team, Morita used to volunteer in the Old Oak Children's Centre as a toy library assistant and worked with the children at a cook and play session once a week.
In her spare time, Morita enjoys singing and is part of a gospel choir called Singology based in Ealing.
Morita successfully passed a first aid course and a food and hygiene course. She is happy to be part of Ark Conway Primary Academy.
Midday Meals Supervisor: Claire Stanley-Cumbers
Prior to joining Ark Conway Primary Academy, Claire worked as a dental nurse in busy NHS and private clinics often helping to reassure nervous and anxious children. Claire loved working in dentistry but after her son was diagnosed with Autism it prompted a career change as she developed an interest in children with special needs.
Claire has attended many workshops including challenging behaviours, speech and language, sleeping problems, practical parenting and eating difficulties. She also attends a monthly ASD parents group. Claire also runs her own small ironing business from home.
In the future Claire hopes to work with children who have special needs on a 1:1 basis.
Midday Meals Supervisor: Kimberley Raraty
Kimberly started work at Ark Bentworth in 1997 as an assistant in the kitchen. Kimberly then went on to do a 1:1 with an autistic boy at lunchtimes, which lead her to stay on as a Meals Supervisor for a number of years.
Kimberly has two grown up boys and four grandchildren. She is now very excited to be joining the team at Ark Conway.
Midday Meals Supervisor: Debbie Smith
Debbie has worked as a Cash Office/Banking Assistant but says that working within the school environment has got to be by far the most rewarding job.
Prior to joining Ark Conway Primary Debbie worked at Ark Bentworth Primary for 3 1/2 years.
Debbie has five children and loves to go for walks. Debbie would like to train to become a teaching assistant in the future.
After School Care Supervisor: Tracy Walster
Tracy has been working at a school in Ealing as an SMSA for the last 6 1/2 years. She has also worked as a Childminder. Tracy is currently doing an online Teaching Assistant course. She has a son who is at College. She enjoys going for walks, craft-making, cooking and gardening.
*All teaching staff have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)