How Ark's governance works
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 our Academy's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.
The Ark Schools Decision Making Framework outlines where responsibility and accountability sits for the key functional areas within Ark Schools between the ‘tiers’ of governance.
Our Local Governing Body
Our Local Governing Body (LGB) is made up of 6-10 members – usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area. The board generally includes:
- Academy Principal
- Up to two Parent Governors
- One Teaching Staff Governor
- One Non-teaching Staff Governor
We aim 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. Attributes we look for include:
- 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 Schools
All appointments are made by the Director of Governance for Ark Schools. The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of his or her time in post. Governors may be reappointed for further terms.
The LGB meets four times a year.
Becoming a governor
If you have an interest and commitment to improving education, and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a governor by completing our online Governor Application Form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at email@example.com
A full programme of induction, training and support is provided. You can see more information, including role specifications here.
Contacting the governors
The current Clerk to Governors is Fleur Sifford (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please contact them if you have any governance-related queries, or would like to contact one of the governors.
Catherine has worked extensively with vulnerable children including those with SEND and EAL. She has managed and led on inclusion and safeguarding in numerous educational settings. Catherine currently volunteers at Samaritans and is undertaking a PhD in education.
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 is also Chair of Ark Brunel, Ark Boulton and Doorstep Library, a community focused literacy charity in London.
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.
Sameeha was a lecturer in Economics and Business within the FE facility before taking time out to raise 3 children. Two of which are currently at Ark Tindal Primary. With her previous experience in the education system she wants to support the governing body in ensuring every child has the warm and happy environment they need to thrive at school. She has been part of the Ark and Balsall Heath community for over 10 years supporting parents whose first language is not English. With this experience and skills set she wants to grow our sense of community, strengthening children’s creativity and forming strong school-parent partnerships. Like many parents she has an interest in the schools development and getting involved in school events. The role of a parent governor sounds rewarding and valuable in terms of learning about how the school works and being able to assist in its progression.
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.
I qualified as a teacher in 1988 and came to work at St. Paul’s Community Development Trust in Balsall Heath, I was initially employed to develop educational activities on our lovely city farm for all the schools in the local community. I soon got involved with all the amazing community events and holiday playschemes for the local children and families. I have had experience of deputising for the children’s centre manager which has enabled me to learn all about supporting families with children under 5, I have managed the volunteer scheme, helping many adults into work as a result and thoroughly enjoyed raising money to ensure children’s play remains in the heart of what we do in Balsall Heath.
I am now a senior manager for the out of school services and for the well-being services for adults in the community, as well as being the lead for safeguarding across the Trust and delivering training creating new DSLs and making sure all the teams are fully aware of current changes in child protection. I am passionate about children having fun, learning to the best of their abilities, having choices in life and growing up to have great self-esteem, to recognise their individual talents and to have equal opportunities; they can achieve all this when they feel safe and are supported by us all.