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 Boulton 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, unlike in most non-academy governing bodies, Ark Boulton's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

PDF iconMaster Funding Agreement Final

PDF iconAmendment and Restatement Agreement

PDF iconArk Boulton Academy Supplemental Funding Agreement


Our Local Governing Body

Ark Boulton Academy LGB will made up as follows:

  • Ark Boulton Principal
  • Local authority nominee
  • Elected parent
  • Elected member of teaching staff
  • Elected member of support staff
  • Up to five Ark nominees (from which a chair is chosen).

Elections for our parent and staff representatives will take place early in 2016.


Contacting the Governors

The Clerk to Governors is Becky Perkes ( Governors can be contacted through the clerk. 

If you would like to see the Ark Boulton Supplemental Funding Agreement, or 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.


Current Governors


Herminder Channa – Principal

Julie Griffiths – Chair of Governors

Julie taught in inner London. She worked for a local authority as a school improvement adviser. She is semi-retired. She is 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. She is mother to a secondary school-aged pupil. The motivation for being a governor is to try to use personal and professional experience to support schools to ensure that all pupils' potential is realised.

Of reading, Julie says: "There are so many books I would call my favourites but one that stands out is ‘The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window’ by Jonas Jonasson. It is wacky, funny and a great romp through all the major events in 20th century."

Aliya Begg (Safegaurding Link)

As a governor, Aliya feel she would be able to add strong value to the Ark institution.  Having come from a similar background as the majority of community at Ark Boulton, she can relate to their concerns, attitude and ethnic challenges.

Aliya can vouch for this from her own personal life experiences. having been through the process of educating her children, and overcoming a variety of obstacles faced as a Pakistani mother. She feels she can bring authentic wisdom and support to all.  She has spent almost 20 years working with parents and has seen the huge impact winning their confidence can make on helping their child succeed.

Julie Farr

Born and bred in Birmingham, Julie was educated at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be an English teacher. Following her degree in English and American Literature at Warwick University, she began her career at Wasely Hills in Rubery where she gained wide experience in a number of roles. Julie retired in June after 38 years, having enjoyed the last 12 years as the Headteacher of a secondary school. Even as Headteacher, Julie always taught a GCSE class; she describes her career as varied, rich in experiences and fulfilling.

Julie’s 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.

Talking about her passion for reading, Julie says: "I love books and I always try to read for half an hour a day, even when I am really busy.  I have two favourites, 'Private Peaceful' by Michael Morpurgo and 'The Great Gatsby' by F Scott Fitzgerald.  A few years ago, I was lucky enough to hear Michael Morpurgo reading 'Private Peaceful'.  Apart from enjoying 'being read to', I found the story totally absorbing, especially the 'twist in the tale' which kept me guessing right until the end.  Since then, I have read the book several times and have grown to empathise with the characters.  'The Great Gatsby' is the story of a man who believed that anything was possible.  He started out in life with very little but had a dream of becoming wealthy, successful and happy. The book reminds me that we should never give up, however difficult things become; it is beautifully written, the characters are fascinating and it was recently made into a film."

Leila Tipping (Ark Link)

Leila has a finance background and has worked as a commercial accountant/ business analyst in commercial companies as well as in charities and education.

She has also spent two years abroad, teaching English as a foreign language, so is passionate about teaching and the work that Ark does. Ark Chamberlain Primary Academy has a fantastic opportunity to support the children in the local community, and she is delighted to have the chance to help with this.

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

Tabassam works as an investment banking Analyst at Deutsche Bank. Having grown up in relative socioeconomic disadvantage, he is familiar with the nature of obstacles faced by children who attend the type of schools under the Ark umbrella. The crucial importance of a good education was apparent to Tabassam as he made his way through secondary education, through to University, and it is yet more apparent to him now as he witnesses his younger siblings progress through school and College.

Tabassam therefore wants to be part of a project which guides schools in a way that allows the children who attend them to fulfil their potential to the greatest extent possible.

Register of Interests

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

  Term Dates Governor Type Relevant declarations of interest Attendance at meetings
Julie Griffiths 31/08/2015 Chair of Governors
  1. Independent education consultant.
  2. Inspector, OfSTED
  3. Inspector, Private Further Education (PFE) for the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

2 out of 2

Herminder Channa 31/08/2015 Principal None

2 out of 2

Aliya Begg 31/08/2015 Ark Nominated
  1. Employee, Ark St Alban’s Academy
  2. Civil instructor, 194 BSA W&B Wing

2 out of 2

Julie Farr 31/08/2015 Ark Nominated None

2 out of 2

Gail Peyton 31/08/2015 - 06/01/2016 Ark Link (former)
  1. Regional Director of Primary (Birmingham), Ark Schools

1 out of 2

Leila Tipping 31/08/2015 Ark Link
  1. Employee, Ark Schools

2 out of 2

John White 31/08/2015 - 07/05/2016 Ark Nominated (former) None

1 out of 2