Principal: Rebecca Ross-Wood
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 the MindUp curriculum, designed to develop the well-being of all pupils, as well as creating the Conway Well-Being team. 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 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.
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.
Assistant Principal: Sophie Faupel
Sophie studied History at the University of Nottingham before training to be a teacher through the Teach First scheme. Following the completion of the course, Sophie joined the Ark Network as a Year 6 class teacher at Ark Globe Academy where she also acted as Maths Lead for two years. Sophie joined Ark Conway as Assistant Principal in 2017 and also took on the role of Upper KS2 Maths Specialist teacher. As part of her role as Assistant Principal, Sophie acts as Maths Lead, ATT coach and head of the school's Well-Being team which aims to promote well-being amongst pupils and staff. In addition to her roles at school, Sophie is also the Network Lead for Maths for the Ark Network; leading training and supporting Maths teaching across Ark Primary schools.
Sophie is a keen baker with a particular interest in cake decoration and enjoys making occasion cakes for friends and family in her spare time.
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator: Elyshia White
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.
Reception Class Teacher: Amy Hardingham
Amy started at Ark Conway in 2017, after graduating from Edinburgh University with an MA in English Literature and History of Art. Since then, she has completed her teacher training through the Ark Teacher Training programme and has taken on the role of Phonics Lead for the second year. She loves supporting children to read across the school and watch them discover new and exciting worlds. In her free time, Amy loves to draw and spend lots of time outdoors.
Year 1 Class Teacher: Aisha Mckenzie
Aisha is a passionate and well-rounded teacher and has taught in KS1 and KS2. She enjoys thinking of new ways to incorporate movement and conversation that increase her students' love for learning. Prior to her time at Conway, she has worked as an EAL teacher in Tokyo. She is looking forward to her year in Year 1 and as Ark Conway’s Art and Design lead.
Year 2 Class Teacher: Camilla Barlow
Camilla graduated from the University of Manchester in 2015 with a BA in Linguistics before spending three years teaching at the British School of Madagascar. After returning to the UK in 2018, Camilla completed an MA in Comparative Education at UCL and joined Ark Conway as a Learning Support Assistant. Since then, Camilla has worked as a Co-teacher and completed her teacher training at Conway. In her spare time Camilla enjoys hiking and is a keen rugby player.
Interim Assistant Principal and Year 3 Class Teacher: James Elliott
James graduated from Plymouth Marjon University with a degree in Sports Coaching and Development. He then went on to complete his Primary PGCE at Bath Spa University and taught at a school in Bath for five years in a variety of different year groups. James led on Assessment, Computing, and PE during his time at his previous school. He has a passion for Sport and the use of technology in the classroom to help advance children's learning and thirst for knowledge. James will be working to raise the profile of STEM subjects, particularly Science and Maths, at Ark Conway and hoping to inspire more budding Scientists and Mathematicians! James is also looking forward to developing trainee teachers at Ark Conway this year.
In his free time, James follows multiple sports closely and is a keen Bath and England Rugby fan as well as supporting Charlton Athletic F.C.
Year 4 Class Teacher: Adam Claessens
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.
Year 5 Class Teacher: Tessa Markewich
Tessa graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in History & Literature and a Master’s in Education. She became invested in education equity over her years at university as she worked with CityStep, an organization bringing dance education to Cambridge public schools, and Jumpstart, an early education nonprofit. After University, Tessa went on to teach for one year in Denver, Colorado and two years in Boston, Massachusetts. Tessa moved to London from the United States and is so excited to be working with the Ark Conway family in Year 4!
Interim Assistant Principal and Year 6 Class Teacher: Hannah Bridges
Hannah started working at Ark Conway in 2014 as a co-teacher, after completing her degree in Primary Education. Since then she has completed her PGCE and teacher training with Ark, and has taught in Year 5 and 6 as a specialist English teacher and in Reception more recently. This year, Hannah is excited to be teaching Year 6 again and taking on the role of Interim Assistant Principal.
Year Reception Co-teacher: Natasha Sira
Natasha graduated from the University of Bristol, studying Early Childhood Studies. Prior to joining Ark Conway Primary as a Co-teacher in 2017, Natasha worked as a Practitioner in a Forest School Nursery for two years which increased her knowledge and passion of supporting young children as well as Forest Schooling. Natasha has a keen passion and interest in children’s well-being and nature and therefore has started running the weekly Forest school sessions.
Outside of Ark Conway, Natasha enjoys travelling and keeping herself active through her love of Zumba, swimming, and rock climbing.
Year 1 Co-teacher: Amelia Cooper
Before joining Conway as a co-teacher in September 2020, Amelia graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a First Class Honours BA in English and History. Whilst completing her degree, Amelia worked in secondary and primary schools in the West Midlands. This experience fuelled her passion for education and the academic and emotional development of children.
Outside of Conway, Amelia enjoys spending time with her family, visiting museums, and cooking.
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Year 3 Trainee teacher: Mila Muzard Clark
Before joining Conway last year as a Year 6 co-teacher, Mila gained a First Class Degree in Psychology from the University of the West of England. Alongside her degree, she volunteered as a GCSE maths tutor at a local Secondary School. Through learning about well-being and the development of young people, Mila became passionate about the idea of working with children to facilitate their education and this is where her interest in Primary teaching began.
In her time outside of work, Mila enjoys spending her time embroidering, reading and cycling.
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Year 5 Co-teacher:
Year 6 Trainee teacher: Katie Williams
Katie studied Psychology at the University of Exeter and is looking forward to completing her Teacher Training this year with Ark. Katie joined the Conway team in October 2020 as part of an academic intervention programme to help with the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst working at Conway, Katie completed a Masters in ‘Psychology of Education’ at UCL with the Institute of Education. Katie is excited to be working in Year 6 this year and applying this knowledge to her training.
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 competing at international level in Cheerleading and Gymnastics. In her spare time, Katie enjoys reading, cooking, and learning to play the piano.
1:1 Learning Support Assistant: Sashika Amaraweera
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.
1:1 Learning Support Assistant: Kelly-Jo O'Connor
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.
1:1 Learning Support Assistant and After School Care Supervisor: Carol Kelly
Carol joined Ark Conway in 2017. She specialises in working 1:1 with SEN pupils. Carol is passionate about her role and she works relentlessly to ensure that our SEN pupils receive all the support they require to fully integrate during the school day. Carol also works as part of the After School Care team which enables her to interact and build relationships with all pupils at Ark Conway. In her spare time Carol enjoys listening to music. Her favourite singer is Bruce Springsteen.
1:1 Learning Support Assistant and After School Care Supervisor: Tracy Walster
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.
Business Manager: Paulette Williams
Receptionist/Admissions Administrator: Saira Shah
Saira joined Ark Conway Primary in March 2018, Prior to this she 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. Saira is responsible for managing the entire process for pupil admissions. Saira thoroughly enjoys her role as it allows her to build great relationships with parents and children prior to the children joining Conway. In her spare time, Saira enjoys going to the theatre, watching films and spending time with her family and friends.
Receptionist/Administrator: Alice Phipps
Site Manager: Maher Fara
Before joining the team Maher worked as a caretaker 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.
Chef Manager: 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!
Catering Assistant: Catherine Morris
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.
Catering Assistant: Vicky Cumbers
Midday Meals Supervisor: Morita Braithwaite
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.
Midday Meals Supervisor: Debbie Curtiss
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.
*All teaching staff have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)