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 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 five 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
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.
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.
Aisha has over 15 years legal experience in the field of international human rights law and as a visiting lecturer with academic institutions like the University of Law, Coventry University College and Birmingham City University since 2010. She has previously been a Parent Governor at another school where she was the vice chair of the governing body, chair of the curriculum and standards, staffing and pay committees. Aisha is keen to make a positive contribution towards the pupils' learning and hopes to be able to encourage parents to engage fully with their children's education. Aisha speaks a number of community languages and is interested in issues concerning community cohesion. Her hobbies include: cycling and camping with her husband and three children aged 13, 8 and 6.
Nauman Khan (Finance Link Governor)
Nauman currently works at Deutsche Bank as a professionally qualified Business Analyst with experience of working on varying business change projects across different industries - investment baking, retail banking and central Government. He is keen to utilise these skills to support the school as finance link governor.
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.
Vacant (Staff Governor)
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. Details of the Governors' terms are given below: