Applying for a place in Year 7 for September 2019

The deadline for applying to Ark Boulton Academy for Year 7 entry in September 2019 is 31st October 2018. 

Please visit Birmingham City Council Admissions website to apply.

You can also contact them on 0121 303 1888 or email

If you already have children at Ark Boulton and a child wishes to attend for Year 7, you will still need to apply via the same process above. 


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.

Amendment and Restatement Agreement.pdf

PDF iconsupplemental funding agreement

The Ark Schools Articles of Association and Accountabilities Framework can be found on the Ark Schools website here:


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 four times a year.

Contacting the Governors

The Clerk to Governors is Lucy Taylor ( 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 


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.

Austin Ruane -  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.  

Venessa Willms - Vice Chair, Ark Nominated
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.  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.


Recruiting positions - SEND Link and Safeguarding Link governors


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

Governor declarations of interest and attendance at LGB meetings: please click below

Ark Boulton Governor interests and attendance log 2017-18.pdf