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.

Ark Schools Master Funding Agreement.pdf

PDF iconArk Tindal Supplemental Funding Agreement

The Ark Schools Articles of Association, Master Funding Agreement and Decision Making 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
  • Two parent governors
  • 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 Fleur Sifford ( Governors can be contacted through the clerk.

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

Current Governors

Liz Dawson (Interim Chair)

Liz is the Director of Governance for Ark and Ark Schools and leads on governance, legal and compliance activities.  She has worked in governance in education, charities and professional bodies and as well as being a company secretary has a law degree which she studied for part-time as a mature student.  Liz has also trained in arbitration, as an adviser for Citizen's Advice Bureau and is a mentor with The Girls Network.

Maureen Carter (Ark Nominated Governor)

Maureen came to Tindal as a Beanstalk reader volunteer which means she helps some of the children with their reading skills. As a former BBC TV news journalist who now writes crime fiction she's always worked with words and hopes to share her passion for books and literacy by encouraging others to develop a love of reading.

Hamda Mohammed

Hamba is a recent Law graduate who has been involved in organising local and EU-wide campaigns. She has worked and volunteered for a number of organisations who advocate for youth development and societal change. Hamba now works in Media, PR & Politics for a start-up company and her motivations for becoming a school governor are rooted in her desire to see every child’s potential fulfilled. When she not working she is never too far away from a good book.

Jenny Hunt (SEND Link Governor)

Jenny has worked in the profession for over a decade in different types of schools in Birmingham and London. She is currently an assistant headteacher in a secondary school and doing the SENCO award herself.

She is passionate about working collaboratively with others for the improvement of outcomes and student growth; hoping that her own experiences ni education and international development will support Ark Tindal Primary Academy. She is also a keen triathlete and an advocate for finding a work-life balance that supports staff to feel fulfilled and positive about their place of work.

Brian Lee (Finance Link Governor)

Brian previously trained as a chartered accountant with PwC and is now currently working as a corporate finance assistant manager at Grant Thorton. He hopes to utilise his professional experience in the field to help steer the financial governance of the academy. Before his chartership, he volunteered as a mentor with City Year to act as a role model for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and worked on a social action campaign in tackling youth unemployment with Uprising. He has got a passion for contributing to society through improving the quality of education for students and enriching the development of the next generation in general.

Hayley Francis (Headteacher)


All appointments are made by the Director of Governance 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  Attendance  please follow the link here: ATA 2021 - 2022 LGB Attendance.pdf

To view details of the Governors' Declarations of Interest: Declarations of Interest Ark Tindal 2021-22.pdf