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.
Ark Tindal Primary 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 Tindal Primary 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 Tindal Primary 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, Master Funding Agreement and Accountabilities Framework can be found on the Ark website.
Our local governing body
Ark Tindal Primary 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.
- Ark Tindal Primary Academy Principal
- One parent governor
- One staff governor
- One local local authority representative from Birmingham
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.
Contacting the governors
The current Clerk to Governors is Lucy Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org). Governors can be contacted through the clerk, and the parent governor can be contacted through the school office.
Gail Peyton (Executive Headteacher)
Rebecca Eaton (Head of School)
Julie Farr (Chair)
Born and bred in Birmingham, I was educated at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls. From an early age, I knew I wanted to be an English teacher. Following my degrees in English and American Literature at Warwick University, I began my career at Wasely Hills in Rubery where I gained wide experience in a number of roles. I retired in June after 38 years, having enjoyed the last 12 years as the Headteacher of a Secondary School. Even as Headteacher, I always taught a GCSE class; my career has been varied, rich in experiences and fulfilling.
My educational philosophy is simple: outstanding teachers create a culture and climate where pupils and their work are highly valued; they care for pupils, helping them to be the best they can be.
I look forward to supporting the school in every way I can.
Clare Campbell (SEND Link Governor)
I have worked in education for over 25 years. I started my career as a primary school teacher and over the years I have worked in a variety of settings, including pupil referral units and special schools. I began to follow my interest in behaviour and special needs through further study and I now currently work part time for the City of Birmingham School in an outreach role. This means that I have privileged position of supporting and advising numerous schools in the city with inclusion and behaviour. My motivation for becoming a governor is twofold; I want to 'put something back' into the local community and I also want to contribute to creating a whole school community that is positive, inclusive and aspirational.
Vacancy (Parent Governor)
Gemma Fagbadegun (Ark Link Governor)
Gemma is the Senior Communications Manager at Ark. Prior to this, she worked in marketing and communications at the Mayor of London's office and the charities Macmillan Cancer Support and IntoUniversity. She has expertise in digital marketing, strategy and internal communications.
Gemma strongly believes in the Ark mission and has a keen interest in initiatives that support social mobility and widening participation. She aims to support the school to continue to transform lives through education in whatever way she can.
Fiona Parkes (Safeguarding Link Governor)
Fiona has been a registered nurse and registered midwife since 1982. She currently works as a clinical midwife at a hospital in Birmingham serving a diverse population. Fiona has extensive senior management experience, both as a head of midwifery and as a matron. One of her key roles as a midwife and senior manager is safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. She has many years of experience working at a strategic level and working with other agencies in order to ensure the wellbeing of those in her care and is keen to transfer her safeguarding skills to another arena. Fiona wishes to share her skills within a school based environment in order to support the head teacher and staff and to ensure a positive outcome for all children and stakeholders.
Hayley Francis (Teaching Staff Governor)
Having moved from Surrey, I have been with Ark Tindal since June 2017. I have been teaching for 8 years and started my career in one of the Ark Academies in London. I am currently the Deputy Headteacher at Ark Tindal and am responsible for Teaching & Learning, Curriculum and Pastoral. From an early age, I knew I wanted to be a teacher and pursued this career by obtaining a degree in Primary Education with an RE specialism at the University of Winchester, Hampshire. When I am not teaching, I love to spend my spare time (attempting to) cook or reading the latest novels.
Meriel Harrington (Finance Link Governor)
Meriel is a qualified manager in Youth and Community Work with over 25 years experience working for the Local Authority (Coventry) in strategic and operational management of Early Help and Prevention. She has managed Targeted Locality Teams, including the citywide delivery of support to local authority key agencies and schools.
Currently, Meriel is a Director with Connect 2 Families. As an organisation they see supporting families early as a shared responsibility and given the right support, families can make positive, sustainable change to their lives. Crucially, at the heart of their values is co-production with their local communities.
Meriel has spent much of her lifetime supporting children through both her work and leisure time. Birmingham is a new horizon and Meriel is committed and enthusiastic about working in partnership with schools and their families to ensure all children are safe and reach aspirational goals.
Louison Ricketts (Teaching and Learning (English) Link Governor)
Louison is a qualified manager in both Early Help and Prevention and National Probation Service with over 25 years experience working at senior management level. She has a double honours degree in Social Policy and Social work, and a Masters in Criminal Justice Management. Louison has worked with adults and young people in the criminal justice system (CJS) and latterly with the Local Authority supporting some of our most complex children and their families before they get to crisis point or enter the CJS. Having worked with children and young people professionally and in her leisure time, Louison now has her own business and would like to commit some of her time to schools and the progress and attainment of children to enable them to reach their full potential.
All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark. The term of a governor is three years, except for the Head of School, who remains a governor for the duration of their time in post.
To view details of the Governors Register of Interests and Attendance Log please follow the link below: