GCSE Results Day

Please find details here with regards to GCSE Results Day on Thursday 24th August 2017, 10am - 12pm.


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 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 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 six times a year.

Contacting the Governors

The Clerk to Governors is Becky Perkes (becky.perkes@arkonline.org). Governors can be contacted through the clerk.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit www.arkschools.org/governance. If you have any governance-related queries, please contact governance.team@arkonline.org.

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 Griffiths - Chair and SEND link

For many years I was Head of English as an additional language at an inner city boys comprehensive school in London before becoming a local authority school improvement advisor and Ofsted inspector.  I am a director of two Community Interest Companies; one aims to boost the achievement, aspiration and experience of children in the West Midlands who live in disadvantaged areas; the other promotes excellence in teaching pupils who are learning through English as an additional language.                         

I have a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies and have held the position of a senior consultant for ethnic minority achievement including community cohesion, PVE, race equality, and EAL.

I am a mother of a secondary-school aged child and my motivation for being Chair of Governors at Ark Boulton Academy is to use my personal and professional experience to support the school to ensure that the potential of all pupils is realised.

Aliya Begg - Safeguarding link

 I am a teacher of Urdu at Ark St Alban’s Academy and prior to this was the school’s Community Liaison Officer.  I have spent almost 20 years working with parents and have seen the huge impact that strong relationships between them and the school can have on helping their child to succeed.  I can vouch for this from my own personal life experiences having being through the process of educating my own children, and overcoming a variety of obstacles that I faced as a Pakistani mother.  Having come from a similar background to the majority of the community at Ark Boulton Academy I can relate to their concerns, attitude and ethnic challenges, and I feel I can bring authentic wisdom and support to all.

Krystle De Guzman - Ark link

I am a Recruitment Manager for Ark and have worked in education recruitment for 8 years, recruiting to both UK and international schools. I believe that the recruitment and retention of quality, expert teaching staff is a major factor in the success or failure of any school and therefore its students. Ark Boulton Academy has a fantastic opportunity to support the children in the local community and it’s a privilege to be able to contribute to the learning & development of the next generation of future leaders and bright minds in some way.    

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.  

Tabassam Hamid - University and Careers link

 I work as an investment banking Analyst at Deutsche Bank and was made aware of governor opportunities by my employer.  The crucial importance of a good education was apparent to me as I made my way through secondary education, through to university, and it is yet more apparent to me now as I witness my younger siblings progress through school and college. I therefore want to be part of a project which guides schools in a way that allows children to fulfil their full potential.


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.