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.


Isaac Newton Academy is part of Ark Schools - 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 Isaac Newton Academy.


PDF iconArk Schools Master Funding Agreement

PDF iconINA Supplemental Funding Agreement


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 Isaace Newton Academy’s governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.


The Ark Schools Articles of Association and Decision Making Framework scheme of delegation can be found on the Ark Schools website.



Isaac Newton Academy’s LGB is made up as follows:


  • Six to 10 members appointed by Ark, to include the Chair - usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area.
  • The Principal
  • Two parent governors (one each from primary and secondary)
  • One teaching staff governor
  • One non-teaching staff governor
  • One local authority representative


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


The LGB meets four times a year.



The Clerk to the Governors is Sakina Marzban ( All governors can be contacted through the clerk.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit the Ark Schools website.

If you have any governance-related queries, please contact the Clerk.



Gerard Griffin (Chair & Finance Link Governor)

Gerard Griffin is managing partner at Chilmark Capital Management. Previously, he was Portfolio Manager at GLG Partners and CEO and founder of Tisbury Capital Management. Gerard currently serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of Isaac Newton Academy and as a Director of ARK Schools, and is on the board of St Luke's Centre in Manchester. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy, and received a joint B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Yale in 1990, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1996.


Jannis Abley (Local Authority Representative)

Jannie has served as an Advisory Teacher for EMA, NQTs & ASTs at the London Borough of Redbridge.


Claire Hickling (Safeguarding Link Governor)

Claire Hickling is a teacher in London with experience in safeguarding, behaviour and inclusion. She has worked in Ark schools for seven years.


Sayeqa Islam (Ark Link Governor)

Sayeqa joined Ark in July 2013 and is the Head of People Development, having previously worked for Stonewall and the English-Speaking Union, managing their education programmes. Sayeqa graduated in law and economics from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand - and started working in a criminal law chamber. She then moved into consulting for a range of charitable organisations - such as the British Council, Open Society Foundations and the Qatar Foundation - on integrating the use of communication and advocacy skills in education settings. Sayeqa has been a trainer in over 20 countries, and in her spare time, coaches the Team England debate team competing at the World Championships in 2015.


Adarsh Ramchurn (Ark Nominated Governor)

Adarsh joins as an Ark Nominated Governor, having been a member of the first cohort of students at INA. He is currently completing a degree apprenticeship in Business Management with Social Change at Queen Mary, whilst working at The Royal Society of Arts. 


Wasim Rehman (Ark Nominated Governor)

I have worked in finance since 2001 with roles including being a trader at an investment bank, a partner in a hedge fund and an investor. Prior to finance I studied Mathematics at Cambridge and Mathematics continues to be a passion of mine. As a student I attended 5 different schools from the age of 4 to 18. I have seen a range of approaches and I owe a lot of my success to my teachers and schools. I hope to be able to give back by taking a role as a Governor at the Isaac Newton Academy.

Morgan Haines (Principal) 


Rebecca Curtis (Executive Principal)


All appointments are made by Ark's Director of Governance.  The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of his time in post. Governors may be reappointed for further terms.


The Register of Interests  for 2020-21  for Governors and the Attendance Information 2019-20 can be found here:

PDF iconIsaac Newton Academy - Governor Register of Interests 2020-21.pdf

PDF iconArk Isaac Newton Academy LGB Attendance Log 2020-21.pdf