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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Titilola Kehinde (email@example.com). Please contact her if you have any governance-related queries, or would like to contact one of the governors.
John has over 15 years’ experience of school governor roles. He is currently Chair of Governors at St Johns C of E Primary School, an outstanding primary school in Shirley, and was for a number of years, Vice Chair of Governors at Ark Oval Primary School. John has been designated by the Department of Education as a National Leader of Governance and mentors a number of other chairs who are either new to the role or facing challenging situations. John regularly delivers training for Governors and teachers, both for the local authority and independent education organisations.
John has a long association with the local area. His great-great grandmother was once the oldest publican in Croydon! John is senior partner of a local firm of Chartered Surveyors and a director of a number of other companies. He is involved in two local projects to support the homeless and also sings in a number of local choirs when time allows.
John is passionate about the opportunities that first rate education can give every single child and has enjoyed working with Ark for the last eight years as he feels they share that same passion. John feels it is a huge privilege to lead the Local Governing Body at Ark Blake and hopes to make a positive difference to every student who attends.
Julie is a recently retired HR professional who has worked in Education for the past 16 years. She has also been involved in Scouting for over 20 years and is an active member of her local church, helping in a host of roles including the youth church, when needed. She feels the school’s vision and values are something she holds close to her heart, with respect, diversity, equality, inclusion and safeguarding being core aspects of school life. Julie is passionate about education and believes that in a supportive, learning environment, each child will have the opportunity to succeed and excel.
Temi works as an Investment Professional at Marshall Wace, having previously held various roles across Global Markets and Research at J.P. Morgan. He grew up in Croydon and holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering (M.Eng) and an MBA from Imperial College London. Outside of his career he is passionate about education, socio-economic development as well as community service and has run several local and national initiatives across these areas. Temi is extremely excited about joining Ark Blake’s Local Governing Body and serving a school just a few minutes away from where he calls home.
Ben works as a strategy director for Barclays, having previously been a management consultant for Ernst & Young. Key specialities include Organisational design and effectiveness. He is a chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) and holds an MBA (Warwick). He has spent 10 years as a governor and chair in the primary sector before joining Ark in 2020. Ben is hugely excited about joining Ark Blake from its inception and the opportunities it will bring for its pupils.
Ruby works in higher education policy at University of the Arts London. Previously, she worked at the Sutton Trust, a charity which works to improve social mobility. Ruby has also been involved in work with the Oak National Academy and the National Tutoring Programme, both developed in response to the impact of the pandemic on education. She is committed to working with her local community to ensure that young people of all backgrounds are supported and able to achieve the best outcomes possible.
David qualified as a teacher in 2006 and taught secondary English in schools at home and overseas. He holds a Masters degree in Education from UCL and is particularly interested in ensuring that children from all backgrounds have access to a curriculum that will enable them to flourish. He now works for the Department of Education. Originally from Lancashire, David settled in Greenwich in 2014, where he is also a governor at a local primary school.