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
- One Local Authority representative
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.
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 and Doorstep Library, a community focused literacy charity in London.
Rita has previously worked at Ark Boulton following a long career in Retail Management. With a wealth of Operational and HR experience she has already supported improvements to the buildings, systems and processes used within the academy to support efficiencies. Being part of the Ark Boulton community, Rita understands the obstacles schools face, and knowing there is still and will always be further improvements to make, She is keen to continue to support the community with guidance and support as part of the Governance team.
Usmaan Akbar Butt
Usmaan has had a long career managing the business operations of a number of the UK's top 100 Law firms. A passion for people and development led Usmaan to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in HR management in 2019. Becoming a governor in 2020, Usmaan hopes to work with the LGB in continuing to make Ark Boulton a success for the local community where he grew up.
Jamal has a range of experience supporting young people with additional needs and is currently Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team Lead for a college in Warwickshire. Jamal currently volunteers supporting young people transitioning out of care with Volunteering Matters. He is keen to work with the LGB to continue supporting educational journeys for young people in the community that he grew up in.
Anisa serves as the Careers and Destinations Link Governor, bringing valuable insights and dedication to this pivotal role. With a professional background in further and higher education, Anisa offers a unique perspective on ensuring smooth transitions for students at different stages of their educational journey.
Anisa has a wealth of expertise in the education sector. She has a dedicated commitment to supporting students as they navigate their educational and career pathways.
As the Careers and Destinations Link Governor, Anisa will collaborate closely with the school’s leadership team, staff, and stakeholders to ensure that students receive the necessary guidance and resources for a successful transition into further education, training, or employment. She is committed to helping students make informed choices about their career aspirations and providing them with the tools to realise their goals.
Anisa looks forward to working closely with the school community, staff, parents, and students to help them achieve their educational and career objectives, making Ark Boulton a beacon of guidance and success in preparing future leaders.
Barbara is originally from Poland and came to England in 2005. She studied Law at Coventry University and qualified as a solicitor. Barbara has previously volunteered at Coventry Citizen Advice Bureau and was a mentor with The Girls Network. She is keen to contribute to the community and brings enthusiasm and commercial skills to the governing body
Sara is a parent of two children. She was previously the Chair of a PTA for five years at a primary school and has raised over £10,000 for charities over the years. Sara is a qualified mentor and Life Coach and before Covid she volunteered for Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid. Sara has also helped children with reading in primary schools as volunteer. Sara believes growth and progress is key for anyone and is looking forward to the challenge of being a parent governor at Ark Boulton Academy and learning about the school.