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

The LGB is comprised of six to ten members appointed by Ark, to include the Chair and two places available for Parent Governors, other members are 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 Fleur Sifford ( Governors can be contacted through the clerk.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit this site. If you have any governance-related queries, please contact

For information on the Ark Schools board please visit our Trustees page.

Our Local Governing Body

Liz Dawson - Acting Chair of 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 has also trained in arbitration, as an adviser for Citizen's Advice Bureau and is a mentor with The Girls Network.

Usmaan Akbar Butt - Safeguarding Link

Usmaan works for the UK's leading provider of support services to the legal sector where his role is to ensure his clients are getting the most out of their business operations. 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 himself grew up and remains based. 

Barbara Opala -  Finance Link

Barbara is originally from Poland and came to England 13 years ago, where she has qualified as a solicitor. Barbara has previously volunteered at Coventry Citizen Advice Bureau, and currently works as a volunteer mentor with The Girls Network. She is keen to contribute to the community and brings enthusiasm and commercial skills to the governing body. 

Angelina Robin-Jones

Angelina has over 20 years experience in a wide range of educational settings, and more recently as Executive Principal. She has a broad skill-set which includes the strategic use of data to raise standards, curriculum planning and development, self-evaluation, school improvement planning. Her aim has always been to support the provision of improved outcomes and better life-chances for all. She has become a governor as she wants to continue to support the educational process and success of the young people.

Jamal Ismail - SEND Link

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.

Sara Shaheen - Parent Governor

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.  

Farzana Ahmed - Principal 

All appointments are made by the Director of Governance.  The term of a governor and Chair is three years, and the Principal remains a governor for the duration of their time in post.