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 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
- 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.
Clare Campbell (SEND Link Governor and Acting Chair)
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.
Tarek Alkhateeb (Ark Link Governor)
Tarek works in the Projects team at Ark and brings financial and business skills to the governing body. Tarek grew up and was educated in the Middle East and his native language is Arabic. He continued his studies in the UK and graduated with a Master's degree in Business Administration. Tarek developed his finance and business skills and experience working in finance within a number of organisations before joining Ark. Due to his position at Ark Central, Tarek can identify good practice in all the schools in the across the Ark network and bring ideas and suggestions to the Tindal governing body. Tarek wants to make a positive contribution towards securing the best possible outcomes for the pupils and the school.
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.
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.
Daniel Richards (Safeguarding Link Governor)
Daniel is a Senior Vice Principal at another Ark academy and joined the governing body at Tindal in 2019.
Alice brings more than 10 years' experience in strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and project management to the role of governor.
I am a recent Law graduate who has been involved in organising local and EU-wide campaigns. I’ve worked and volunteered for a number of organisations who advocate for youth development and societal change. I now work in Media, PR & Politics for a start-up company and my motivations for becoming a school governor are rooted in my desire to see every child’s potential fulfilled. When I’m not working I’m never too far away from a good book.
Gail Peyton (Executive Headteacher)
Rebecca Eaton (Headteacher)
Vacancy (Finance Link Governor)
Ark Tindal Primary is looking for a Finance Link governor
Vacancy (Parent Governor)
Ark Tindal primary is looking for a new parent governo
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: Attendance 2019-20
To view details of the Governors' Declarations of Interest: Declarations of Interest Ark Tindal Primary 2020-21