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 and Year 5/6 Class Teacher: 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 Education Needs Co-ordinator: Shakira Vaz
Shakira graduated from the University of Surrey with a BSc in Business Computing. After various roles working for the BBC and within marketing agencies, she decided to train as a teacher. Prior to joining Ark Conway in 2019, she worked as a class teacher for six years at another local primary school where alongside her passion for English, she successfully led Computing and Science across the school. Shakira taught many children with a range of learning needs and enjoyed seeing children realise their potential and achieve when the right support was put in place. When the position for SENCO came up at Ark Conway, Shakira was very excited as she was convinced that this role would provide her with the opportunity to really make a difference to children with additional needs. This year, she is also part of the Teaching and Learning Team and is excited about the chance to share her knowledge and skills with other staff and have a positive impact on teaching and learning across the wider school. Shakira is also a mother to three sons who keep her busy outside of Ark Conway.
Year Reception Class Teacher: Hannah Bridges
Hannah started work at Ark Conway in 2015 as a co-teacher, after graduating with a BA in Primary Education. Since then, she has completed her teacher training through the Ark Teacher Training programme and has been the English specialist teacher in Upper Key Stage 2 for three years. She also acts as English Lead, supporting teachers across the school with their English teaching.
Prior to working at Ark Conway, Hannah has worked in a number of primary schools as a Teaching Assistant and as an Unqualified Class Teacher, was an international gymnast and has worked professionally as an actor. In her spare time Hannah enjoys reading and has recently taken up 5 a-side football!
Year 1 Class Trainee 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 2 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 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 3 Class Trainee 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. Having spent the last year as a Co-teacher at Conway, Camilla is thrilled to now be undertaking her teacher training at the school. In her spare time Camilla enjoys hiking and is a keen rugby player.
Year 4 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!
Year 5 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 innovate her lessons with educational games and build her students' love for learning. Prior to her time at Conway she has worked as an English teacher in Tokyo. She is looking forward to her year as an ATT in Year 2 and continuing her role as a library assistant.
Year 6 Class Teacher: Polly Phaal
Polly is really excited about being the Year 6 teacher this year, having already spent two years in the Year 5/6 team at Ark Conway. She graduated from the University of Bath in 2016 with a 1st Class BSc in Biochemistry. Upon leaving university Polly worked in commercial operations at a technology company, before moving on to pursue her teaching career with Ark. Polly is passionate about science and art and is very excited to be working with the fantastic children and team at Conway. Outside of work she enjoys reading, travelling, painting and knitting!
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: Katie Williams
Katie joined Ark Conway in October 2020 as part of Ark's Academic Intervention programme, to provide further support in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. This role will see her working mainly with Years 1 and 6 to begin with, but she is excited to get to know every student throughout the school! Katie graduated from the University of Exeter earlier this year, with a First Class Honours BSc in Psychology, and is thrilled to start her teaching career at Conway.
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 gymnast. In her spare time, Katie enjoys further studying the psychology of education, reading, and cooking.
Year 2 Co-teacher: Ethan Singh
Ethan joined Ark Conway as a graduate co-teacher in January 2020. He was placed in Year 6 before joining the Year 2 team this year. Ethan graduated in 2018 with a BA in Sociology and Politics from the University of Cambridge.
He then went on to have a gap year travelling for half a year, teaching abroad and then tutoring students from ages 5 to 18 in England. This passion for teaching led him to Ark Conway where he is very much enjoying being part of a great team! Outside of work Ethan has a big interest in sports such as football and martial arts. He has a black belt in Karate and plays 11 a side football every weekend. Ethan also enjoys listening to music and reading in his spare time.
Year 3 Co-teacher: Amelia Cooper
Amelia recently graduated from University of Wolverhampton with a First Class Honours in English and History. Whilst undertaking her degree, Amelia was employed as a Cover Supervisor in secondary schools around the Wolverhampton and Dudley area. In addition to this, she volunteered as a one-to-one Reading Helper in a local primary school for the charity, Coram Beanstalk – an experience which fuelled her passion for education and the academic and emotional development of children. In her free time, Amelia enjoys rock climbing, baking, make-up and fashion.
Year 4 Co-teacher: Kirsty Wastell
Year 5 Co-teacher: Llimahl Shaquille Okocha
Llimahl graduated from Queen Mary, University of London in 2018 with a BA in French. He pursued teaching following a year abroad with the British Council as an English Language Teacher in Paris.
Before joining Ark Conway in 2019 as a Co-Teacher, he worked as a Maths & English Tutor then a Teaching Assistant, and has always encouraged his students to be academically inquisitive and adopt a progressive attitude to learning. He also mentored his previous school’s Black Boys Council, an equal opportunities initiative designed to tackle socio-economic inequalities and improve outcomes for young black boys across the community. Currently in Year 5, his inspiration is to be a positive role model to every Ark Conway pupil and continue inspiring young minds through education, representation and understanding.
Outside of school he loves sports, and is a keen Manchester United fan. He is a carer for his grandfather, awarded an MBE in 2007 for his long-standing services to the borough of Brent, London.
Year 6 Co-teacher: Mila Muzard Clark
Mila recently completed a BSc Psychology degree at the University of the West of England, finishing with a First Class Honours. Alongside her degree, she volunteered as a GCSE maths tutor for disadvantaged children 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 help their learning and this is where her interest in primary education began. Outside of school, she enjoys spending her time reading, cooking and running.
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. Hans Henryk Ludwig 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
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 teenager born with Downs Syndrome and later diagnosed with Autism and ADHD. Archna has attended several workshops to help understand these conditions. Her passion to ensure all children, especially those with learning difficulties, are fully represented within the education system has inspired her to become a Parent Governor within a local school. This is a role which Archna is very excited about and is convinced that her practical, personal experiences as a parent can be very influential. Archna loves the family atmosphere created by the staff, parents and children at Ark Conway.
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: Claire Stanley-Cumbers
Claire has been a member of the Ark Conway team since 2013. Prior to joining Ark Conway Primary Academy, Claire worked as a dental nurse in the 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 working with children with special needs.
Claire has attended many workshops on various subjects including challenging behaviours, speech and language, sleeping problems, practical parenting and eating difficulties. In the future Claire would also like to work 1:1 with a child with special needs.
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 work 1:1 with an autistic pupil 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 very excited to be a part of the team at Ark Conway.
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 most 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)