Rebecca joined Ark Conway in 2012, initially as a class teacher and then leading the school since 2018. In her time at the school she has introduced initiatives such as Spark enrichment clubs for all pupils and creating the Ark Conway Well-Being team .
Rebecca completed her PGCE at the Institute of Education and has also received the National Professional Qualification for Headship. She is passionate about providing children with the chance to learn the skills and knowledge 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.
Outside of her work in Ark Conway, Rebecca enjoys dancing and spending time in the great outdoors with her family.
Hannah has worked at Ark Conway for nine years, starting as a co-teacher. She completed her teacher training with Ark in 2016 and has taken on various leadership roles across the school and taught in almost every year group during her time here. She has a BA in Education and a PGCE from Goldsmith's University and has completed National Professional Qualifications in both Middle and Senior Leadership. Hannah has worked both as a teaching assistant and class teacher in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. Before this, she worked professionally as an actor. She is excited to remain on the leadership team at Conway this year and to return to teaching pupils in Years 5 and 6.
Elyshia studied Primary Education at the University West of England. She started her teaching career in a special needs school, working with children who had language, behaviour and physical constraints. She then taught in various mainstream schools in North Somerset and Bristol across KS1 and KS2 classes before moving to London. In a range of London schools based in Stockwell, Wandsworth and Acton, Elyshia led on several subject areas including PSHE and wellbeing, school council, History and Geography, before developing middle leadership skills as a KS2 manager for Year 3 to 6. Elyshia joined the Ark Network of schools initially working at Ark Priory Academy where she taught year 5 and year 3 cohorts as a class teacher before beginning the SENCO role at Ark Conway Academy.
In her spare time, Elyshia enjoys being outdoors with her cocker spaniel dog, attending agility classes and exploring new areas on walks, as well as cooking and reading.
Tanya Joined Ark Conway in November 2023. After 15 years as a senior civil servant, she decided to move into the education sector. She has worked in both private and state schools with ages ranging from 4 months to 18 years. Tanya is a highly dedicated professional with experience in administration, business management, staff leadership, governance and customer service. Ensuring continuous improvement in all areas of her role.
Outside of work Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband and her pets. She enjoys music, films and food.
Mila graduated from the University of the West of England with a First Class Honors BSc in Psychology. She joined Conway in 2020 as a Year 6 co-teacher, before completing her teacher training in Year 3 in 2022. She is looking forward to beginning her second year of teaching in Reception.
In her time outside of work, Mila enjoys keeping fit through running and cycling and is excited to get the pupils at Conway interested in this through her role as P.E lead.
Adam graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2018 with a First Class Honours BSc in Psychology. After graduating, he spent six months teaching after-school clubs in schools around London, providing fun science-based activities to children of all ages. He then joined Ark Conway in February 2019 after realising his passion for working with and teaching younger children.
Adam is a lover of music and books. He plays both drums and guitar and has played many concerts and festivals up and down the country with different bands over the last decade. He is also an avid reader, and will happily chat to anyone about whatever book he is currently reading, or any recommendations other people can give to him! As well as this, he has been self-teaching German for the last year, and is beginning to become more confident in speaking and understanding the language.
Tessa graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in History & Literature and a Master’s in Education. After University, she went on to teach for one year in Denver, Colorado and two years in Boston, Massachusetts. Excited for a new adventure, she then moved to London to join Ark Conway, where she has taught Years 3, 4 and 5. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, bike riding, reading and making homemade pasta.
Katie graduated from the University of Exeter in 2020 with a First Class degree in Psychology. Soon after, Katie joined Ark Conway as a full time 1:1 intervention mentor, whilst also completing a full-time Masters at UCL in Psychology of Education. Katie has since completed her Ark Teacher Training to become a qualified teacher, working closely with the 2021-22 Year 6 cohort, and is now thrilled to be teaching Year 6 at Ark Conway this year.
Her past experiences involve coaching children in sports such as gymnastics and cheerleading at an elite level, often travelling abroad for international competitions. This role was influenced by her enjoyment of sports, and past successes as an international Cheerleader. In her spare time, Katie enjoys reading, cooking and learning to play the piano.
Lauren has a variety of experience in teaching that includes working in private nurseries, a previous primary school and her second year at Conway. She has a passion for teaching and is very excited to be the co-teacher in Reception for another year. Through her holistic approach to learning, she is innovating her teaching practice to include more opportunities for students to explore their interests and increase their preferences. Lauren is one of our ELSA's (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) and is also part of the attachment aware team ensuring each child is able to build secure and meaningful relationships.
Outside of school Lauren enjoys singing, dancing and spending time with family.
Sarah graduated with a BA in American Studies from the University of Birmingham in 2021 and decided to move to London the same autumn to start a Masters in American History and Politics at UCL, which she graduated from in 2022. Before joining Conway Sarah was working as an educational assistant in a school in East London, largely assisting children with SEN, which convinced her of how much she loves teaching and pushed her to pursue teacher training.
Outside of school Sarah has a passion for music and film, attending concerts as often as she can. She also has a lifelong love of languages and is always endeavouring to learn new things about other languages and cultures.
Abbie graduated from Royal Holloway University of London in 2017 with an undergraduate degree in Music. She then spent 6 years based in London's West End, working as a theatrical tour booker for 23 regional theatres. She is currently studying for her PGCE at Goldsmiths University of London, and is looking forward to teaching the Year 5 class at Conway this year.
In her free time, Abbie enjoys playing the Trombone and Piano, spending time with her puppy and seeing lots of shows and concerts.
1:1 Learning Support Assistants
Sashika is from Sri Lanka. She worked as a qualified IT instructor for several years after accomplishing her BCS global degree and ECDL expert level in Sri Lanka. After moving to the UK, she started working as a specialist teaching assistant in a variety of schools across London. Sashika has been working as a LSA at Ark Conway since 2016. This year she will be working with the Year 3 and Year 4 teams, focusing on SEN children giving best possible education in order for them to achieve their full potential. Also, she works with mainstream children as she has successfully completed Team Teach and Ruth Muskin Phonics trainings. Children love her handwriting lessons and IT lessons as she shares her knowledge with an engaging manner.
Sashika really enjoys what she does and practices positivity and team spirit in order to model excellency in every possible way. She has conducted Arts and Crafts clubs and teaches mindful art lessons in order to practice creativity and mindfulness in the first place. During her leisure time, she loves spending time outdoors and visiting beautiful places as she loves being happy, calm and positive.
Tracy joined Ark Conway in 2017 working in the After School care team. In 2018 she began an additional role as a 1:1 LSA. Tracy enjoys both her roles. The after school care provides an opportunity for her to develop a personal relationship with the pupils at Conway and the 1:1 role an opportunity to be influencial in academic development of individual children. In her spare time Tracy enjoys walking, gardening, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Before joining Ark Conway in September 2018, Kelly had been working as an Office Manager/Finance Assistant within a creative agency for 8 years. Having always wanted to work with children, Kelly was particularly passionate about Ark Conway as her son had attended the school and she enjoyed being a part of the school community over the years.
In her spare time Kelly enjoys musical theatre, reading and spending quality time with friends and family.
Hans Henryk Ludwig
Hans Henryk Ludwig joined Ark Conway in May 2018 as Chef Manager. He trained as a Chef in Germany in 1986 and acquired a degree in hotel management in 1994. Henryk has been working in the UK for the last 23 years in Hotels, the German Embassy and one of the largest contract caterers, BaxterStorey. He is enjoying his new adventure within a school environment, producing exciting, nutritious school meals that pupils enjoy!
Catherine has been working at Ark Conway since 2012. She has worked in catering for over 30 years within various sectors, her favourite being education. In addition to food preparation in the kitchen, Catherine also serves food to the children at lunch time. Catherine really enjoys her role as it provides her with an opportunity to get to know each child, their likes and dislikes in terms of food and enables her to accomodate them accordingly. In her spare time Catherine enjoys cooking for friends and family. She particularly enjoys baking bread and making cakes.
Before joining the Ark Conway team, Morita volunteered 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.
Morita is a mother of two, and both children have enjoyed their primary school years at Ark Conway. In her spare time, Morita enjoys singing and is part of a gospel choir called Singology based in Ealing. Travelling is also part of Morita's passion. She enjoys learning about different cultures and lifestyles.
Prior to joining Ark Conway Primary, Debbie worked at Ark Bentworth Primary for three and a half years. She also worked as a cash office/banking assistant but says that working within the school environment is by far the more rewarding job. She would like to train as a teaching assistant in the future. Debbie is a mother of five who enjoys walking and the quality time she spends around her family.