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:

PDF iconArk Schools Master Funding Agreement.pdf

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 four times a year and have the following composition:

  • Six to 10 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.
  • The Principal
  • Two parent governors
  • One teaching staff governor
  • One non-teaching staff governor

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.


Contacting the governors

The LGB meets four times a year.

The Clerk to the Governors is Nicola Peake ( Governors can be contacted through the Clerk.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please see here. If you have any governance-related queries, please contact

If you have any governance-related queries, please contact

Address: 2 Morland Rd, Croydon CR0 6NA


Ark Blake Academy Governors


Peter Shaw          (Principal)

John  Phillipson  (Chair)

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.

All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark.  The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of their time in post.