Wednesday 20 December - Christmas Jumper Day

On Wednesday 20 December, students will be allowed to wear a Christmas jumper with their school uniform for a donation of £1 which will go towards their house charity. Please note full school uniform must be worn with jumpers under blazers.


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.

William Parker Academy 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 William Parker Academy.

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 in most non-academy governing bodies, Ark William Parker Academy governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

PDF iconAmendment and Restatement Agreement

PDF iconArk William Parker Academy Supplemental Funding Agreement

Our local governing body

Ark William Parker Academy’s LGB is made up as follows:

  • Six to ten members appointed by Ark, including the Chair – usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area
  • Ark William Parker Academy's Principal
  • One parent governor
  • One teaching staff governor
  • One non-teaching staff governor
  • One local authority representative from East Sussex County Council
  • Two governors appointed by the Diocese

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

Ark William Parker Academy LGB works closely with the governors from Helenswood Academy and the LGBs meet jointly three times a year to consider issues that affect both academies including Ark Sixth Form East Sussex.

Contacting the governors

The current Clerk to Governors is Charles Shaw ( Governors can be contacted through the clerk.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit If you have any governance-related queries, please contact

Current governors

Jane FletcherJane Fletcher (Regional Director)

I am Regional Director of Ark's Hastings Secondary Schools. I have a proven track record of transforming schools, with my previous school being in the top three percentile nationally for five years. I am excited about working with such a dynamic and experienced governing body, who are providing the support and challenge that William Parker needs on our journey to excellence. 


Clifford Smith (Chair, Diocesan representative & Safeguarding Link Governor)

I have a background in finance and have been a governor in maintained schools in East Sussex for a number of years, including six years as Chair of Governors during which governance was rated outstanding by Ofsted. Most recently I was appointed to a school in special measures and assisted that school to be rated as satisfactory the following year. All of my children have attended William Parker and/or Parkwood and the former 'federal sixth' with Helenswood.



Helen Bostock (Sixth Form Link Governor)

Helen Bostock is a human resources consultant, specialising in organisational effectiveness, talent, leadership development and resourcing. Prior to this she was a director in People & Culture at Primark where she was Global Head of Organisational Effectiveness & Resourcing.

From 2010 to 2015 she was a director in the Human Resources department of Barclays Plc, where she led the Organisational Insight team as well as having global responsibility for the Barclays graduate and MBA recruitment programmes. Helen joined Barclays in 2010 as global head of entry-level programmes for Barclays Wealth. Helen was formerly a Managing Director and global head of campus recruitment at Credit Suisse and prior to this spent 17 years at JPMorgan in a variety of HR and Marketing roles.  She is a former board director and Vice President of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (UK), a former external trustee for the Centre for Recording Achievement. She was a member of the Vice Chancellor’s Thought-Leadership Council, University of Leicester and a member of the advisory board of the Wilson Review on University/Business Collaboration (2012). She is currently a trustee of the charity, Let Them Shine.  Helen has a keen interest in coaching and mentoring having previously worked as a careers placement counsellor for the London School of Economics.

Helen holds a BSc in Sociology from the University of Kent at Canterbury.  Her interests include the Anglo-Zulu War, military aviation, theatre and live music.  She lives in East Sussex and is married with one daughter.


Jonquil Cargill (Parent & Personal, Development, Behaviour and Welfare Link Governor)

I have worked as a journalist for most of my working life, primarily for the Daily Telegraph as well as other broadsheets and magazines. I have also worked in broadcasting at the BBC and independent radio stations. In the last few years I have changed lanes into writing film scripts. I have a BA In Philosophy and English. I am in my second term of been a governor at Netherfield C of E primary school, my son's primary school. Now my oldest son has gone to Ark William Parker I am looking forward to doing whatever I can as a governor to support and contribute to the positive and stimulating learning environment which my son so much enjoys..



Reverend Luke Dean (Diocesan representative and Marketing Link Governor)

As a late developer, doing poorly at school I didn’t complete any further education until I was 30. However I gained experience in life; worked on a building site with the site-engineers for three years and drove delivery vans, buses, coaches and articulated lorries for four years. Following further education became a land and hydrographic surveyor and software engineer specializing in locating aircraft lost in deep sea. With 3 colleagues subsequently started a software company focussed on land mapping applications. That company was sold to one based in the USA and led to the requirement to move to the USA which re-ignited the interest in ordination. I did move to the USA and there met my wife but moved back to UK in 2005 to start theological college. I have been a vicar in St Leonards-on-Sea since October 2011. Hobbies include computing, motorcycling, cycling, running, skiing and keep fit.


Sarah Driver - Associate Governor and Founding Partner

My husband, Mark, and I sponsored Ark William Parker and I was Chair of Governors for 4 years.  I am driven by a desire to see all children and young people able to access education and experience success regardless of their needs, where they live or their social background.  This led me to establish the Driver Youth Trust in 2007, a charity that focuses on literacy and works across the SEND sector.  We are strategic partners of London Leadership Strategy and are key members of the government funded Whole School Send Consortium looking at building capacity and workforce development.  Our flagship programme, Drive for Literacy, is in many of the schools in Hastings, making a real difference to young people.  I was originally a lawyer in the City but now focus on running Rathfinny Wine Estate in Sussex which I founded with my husband.


Nick Wallace - Ark Link Governor

Nick works in Ark's English Mastery programme, which is currently being taught in 13 Ark Schools. He joined the organisation in 2014 and has experience in working across the Ark network as well as in partnership with other academies across the country. He holds an English degree from Oxford University, is an experienced English teacher and a Teach First alumnus.


Mike Scott

Mike is the Group Financial Controller of Countryside Properties PLC, a listed housebuilder.  He joined Countryside in 2014 and leads a Finance team of around 50, across all disciplines and has been on the Operational Board of Countryside as a Managing Director in May 2016. Before joining Countryside, Mike held a number of senior Finance positions at J Sainsbury plc.  He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002 with PwC in London where he worked with a number of large retail and consumer goods companies. Mike is married with two young children and in his spare time he plays golf and enjoys watching Brighton and Hove Albion play football.

Name Term Dates Governor type and Term Relevant declarations of interest Attendance at meetings 2015/16
William Barham 01/04/2016 - 17/05/2017 Ark Nominated
  • Own property and estate management enterprise
  • Trustee: Rolvenden Windmill Trust
  • Trustee: Basil Russell Trust
  • Treasurer: Rolvenden PCC
    Council Member, Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust
  • Investment portfolio professionally managed by Mirabeau.

2 out of 3

Gareth Bendon 01/09/2013 Ark Nominated
  • Trustee: Newham Riding School & Association (riding for the disabled charity based in East London)
  • Trustee: The William Parker Foundation; The Magdalen & Lasher Charity
  • Trustee: The Magdalen & Lasher Education Foundation
  • Trustee: The Magdalen & Lasher Charity- Old Hastings House CIO

9 out of 9

Helen Bostock 04/12/2014 Ark Nominated  

6 out of 9

Jonquil Cargill 25/11/2014 Parent
  1. Son attends Ark William Parker Academy

8 out of 9

Chris Connelley 19/12/2013;                            


Local Authority Rep
  1. Employed at Eastbourne Borough Council
  2. Chair: St Leonards Town Team
  3. Executive member: Gensing and Central St Leonards Community Forum
  4. Writer, Hastings Independent Press

4 out of 9

Rebecca Curtis 18/02/2015;                            


Executive Chair
  1. Employee of Ark schools
  2. Member of the Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL)

8 out of 9

Luke Dean 01/09/2013 Diocese
  1. None

6 out of 9

Sarah Driver 18/02/2015 - 07/02/2017               




Ark Nominated/Chair



Associate Governor & Founding Partner

  1. Owner of Rathfinny Wine Estate
  2. Trustee of Driver Youth Trust (DYT) which has financed & developed, with Ark schools, the Drive for Literacy programme which is available to Ark schools, free of charge
  3. The DfL programme was offered, free of charge, to primary schools in Hastings as part of the national roll-out programme (2015)
  4. My husband, Mark, and I have sponsored both Ark William Parker and Blacklands Academy in Hastings and we also provide university bursaries to Ark pupils

9 out of 9

Nick Wallace 01/09/2017 Ark Link   N/A
Marie Hamer 01/09/2013;                            


Ark Link
  1. Employee of Ark Schools

2 out of 9

Daniel Hatley 16/03/2015;                            


  1. Principal at Ark William Parker

5 out of 5

Sarah Hopwood 01/09/2015 -            


Ark Nominated


7 out of 9

Terry Kelly 11/04/2016 -                             


Acting Principal
  1. Acting Principal at Ark William Parker

2 out of 3

Mark Phillips 01/09/2013;                            


Principal/Regional Director
  1. Principal/Regional Director at Ark William Parker

3 out of 3

Clifford Smith 01/09/2013 Diocese
  1. Employed as a Civil Servant
  2. Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese of Chichester to Hurst Green CofE Primary School, East Sussex

9 out of 9

Mark Feery 27/11/2014;                              


Teaching Staff (former)
  1. Staff member at Ark William Parker Academy

1 out of 2

Richard James 01/09/2013;                                


Ark Nominated (former)
  1. Environment & Operations Manager for the Rathfinny Wine Estate, East Sussex
2 out of 3             





All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark Schools.  The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of his/her time in post.