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.
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 AcademyPrincipal
- One elected parent governor
- One elected teaching staff governor
- One elected non-teaching 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 six times a year.
Contacting the governors
The current Clerk to Governors is Becky Perkes (Becky.Perkes@arkonline.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.
The most important time in any child’s life is when they are at school - I believe that regular attendance at a good school is a child's best chance at success and anything else is catching up. Children need to learn to interact decently with other people, to take responsibility for their own learning and to take an interest in the wider world.
I retired from my position as Assistant Principal at St Alban’s Academy in 2013, and now work part time for the Engineering Development Trust on a variety of programmes. I am Vice Chairman of, and sing with Midland Opera, and act and direct at Hall Green Little Theatre. I also play tennis and golf, and am passionate about travel, especially to see and photograph exotic wildlife, mostly, but not exclusively big cats.
Victoria Quinn (local authority representative)
I have been one of the Local Councillors for the Balsall Heath area where Ark Tindal is located representing Sparkbrook Ward since November 2011. I became a Governor of a local school in Sparkbrook as soon as I was elected because I was concerned about changes happening to education and firmly believe that local schools are the hearts of our community and often where people come first for information about or to raise their concerns about a lot of other things that the Council has control over. When changes happened to local schools, I wanted to make sure that I knew about it in order to make sure that local people did too and help schools keep in touch with what is happening in the community they remain when their relationship with the Council might have changed. That’s why I applied to join Ark Tindal’s Governing Body.
I have been involved in education for most of my life, mainly as a student within it, but also as a trainer and a commissioner of services too. I grew up in London in the 1970s and my education was during a very turbulent time for education policy. My first degree was in political science from Edinburgh University. I then went onto do post graduate research in political science in France before I began working for the British Council in France on governance which brought me into contact with a lot of educationalists.
My career then moved to Brussels where I worked for the European Parliament and then the European Commission on regional policy which was where I first learnt about Birmingham, because of the city’s excellent reputation for using European funding and working with other cities. I came to live in Birmingham in 2007 and worked in community advice and translating whilst studying for my second degree in law that led to me being called to the Bar where my specialism was in public law. I continue to translate and do a lot of art projects which I have done throughout my career but I now work full time as a Local Councillor because of the volume and intensity of work that is required within Sparkbrook Ward and also because of my role as a Chair on the City Council which I have held for the past 5 years, working firstly on policies relating to transport and sustainability and most recently on housing
Jude Slama - (SEND and Safeguarding link Governor)
I am an experienced secondary school teacher and so wanted to become a governor of a primary school in order to broaden my knowledge and understanding of the education system. I have worked in 3 secondary schools and I have also worked at Unviersity of Warwick training teachers following the PGCE ICT course. I have two young children, one of which will start school in September 2014. I feel passionately that all children should have the right to get an outstanding education and that should start with the Early Years. I am interested in developing my understanding of safeguarding our children in schools as this is an area I’m unfamiliar with. I am bilingual and bicultural French/ English and my children are bilingual too so I also have a keen interest in how we develop children’s language and help those for whom English is an additional language
Saima Aslam (Parent Governor)
Saima is a qualified Teaching Assistant, and whilst completing her Level 2 and 3 certificates in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, worked as a volunteer at the school. Saima is also actively involved in school life and attends school coffee mornings, organises charity events and helps with school trips. She is keen to provide more support to parents and staff. Saima has two sons who attend Ark Tindal, and is passionate about securing the best possible education for all children.
Gemma Fagbadegun (Ark Link Governor)
Gemma is the Communications Campaigns 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 is keen to support the school to continue to transform lives through education in whatever way she can.
Vacant (Staff Governor)
All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark. The term of a governor is two years, except for the chair (three years) and the Head of School, who remains a governor for the duration of their time in post.