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 Decision Making 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
Venessa Willms - Acting Chair, Ark Nominated
Eleanor Linford - SEND Link
Isra Abdi - Ark Nominated
Hayley Francis - Safeguarding Link
Barbara Opala - Finance Link
Shabrana Hussain - 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 remains a governor for the duration of her time in post.
Governor declarations of interest and attendance at LGB meetings: Ark Boulton governor attendance and interests register 2018-19.docx.pdf