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 Blake Academy is part of Ark Schools – 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.

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). Unlike in most non-academy governing bodies, Ark Blake Academy’s governors will be able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

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 Blake Academy:

Ark Blake Supplemental Funding Agreement

The Ark Schools Articles of Association and Decision Making Framework scheme of delegation can be found on the Ark Schools website.


Ark Blake's Governing Body 

The Ark Schools board is the legal governing body for all Ark schools. The board delegates responsibility to a Local Governing Body (LGB) which is responsible for monitoring progress at an individual Ark school. LGBs meet six times a year and have the following composition:

  • Headteacher/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).

The LGB for Ark Blake Academy will be established in the summer of 2020 ahead of the school opening.

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