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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Governors can be contacted through the clerk.
For information on the Ark Schools board please visit our Trustees page.
Our Local Governing Body
Mark Gregory - Regional Director for Secondary
Herminder Channa JP FCCT - 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.
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.
Eleanor Linford - SEND Link
Manjit Khuttan - Ark nominated
Hayley Francis - Safeguarding Link
Barbara Opala - Finance Link
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