Key Dates

23rd August
GCSE Results Day: 10am - 12pm.
3rd & 4th September
Ark INSET Days - academy closed to all students.
5th September - First day of Autumn Term for all students
Year 7: arrive between 8am - 8.15am. Gates will close at 8.15am.
All other years: arrive for 10am for line up. Gates will close at 10am.


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 Boulton 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 Boulton

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 Ark Boulton's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

PDF iconMaster Funding Agreement.

PDF iconsupplemental funding agreement

Ark Boulton’s LGB is made up as follows:

Six to ten 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 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 meet six times a year.

Contacting the Governors

The Clerk to Governors is Becky Perkes ( Governors can be contacted through the clerk.

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

For information on the Ark Schools board please visit our Trustees page.

Our Local Governing Body
Mark Gregory - Regional Director for Secondary
Herminder Channa - Principal 
Austin Ruane - Chair and Finance Link

Austin has 12 years experience in both the legal and financial services fields. He currently works for Deutsche Bank in Risk Management where he is helping to develop a project to capture and report financial and non-financial risk. Before that he worked within operations in both Birmingham and London helping to develop and maintain new operational procedures within the organisations he worked in. He has a degree in History and a Master’s in Business Administration. Austin was born in Birmingham and believes that education is one of the key attributes of the city. Helping young people in the city gain the most from their education and developing a bright positive future for themselves motivates him to be a governor.  

Savas Ali - Ark Link

I have worked for Ark in the role of a Buildings Project Manager for 8 years. Most of my time is spent across our schools managing a range of projects that include new builds, expansions and refurbishment.

This month we completed a new Visitors reception for Ark Boulton, which I hope will improve the lives of students, the community and staff.

School buildings are important to me and I believe a proper functional building with all the facilities it needs, will make all the difference to students, allowing staff to manage a successful academy.

Prior to joining Ark I worked as a consultant managing a variety of technology and building projects for the private sector, local and central government.

Saschan Fearon-Josephs - SEND Link



Governor declarations of interest and attendance at LGB meetings:

LGB Name Term Dates Gov type and Term Relevant declarations of interest Attendance at meetings                       


Julie Griffiths 31.08.2015 Chair
  1. Independent education consultant
  2. Inspector, OfSTED
  3. Inspector, Private Further Education (PFE) for the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)


Herminder Channa 31.08.2015 Principal Appointments and Directorships:        

BCG Lakes Ltd
BCG Woods Ltd
Fibress Ltd


Aliya Begg 31.08.2015 Ark Nominated
  1. Employee, Ark St Alban’s Academy
  2. Civil instructor, 194 BSA W&B Wing


Julie Farr 31.08.2015 Ark Nominated



Krystle De Guzman 01.10.2016 Ark Link
  1. Employee, Ark Schools


Austin Ruane 01.06.2016 Ark Nominated



Tabassam Hamid                       




Ark Nominated                       






All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark Schools.  The term of a governor and chair is three years, and the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of her time in post.