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 All Saints 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.
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 All Saints.
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 All Saint's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.
You can find the Funding documents for Ark All Saints Academy here:
As an example of where I've inserted it on the Globe website, within the first section of the Governance page, see here.
OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BODY
Ark All Saints Academy’s LGB is made up as follows:
- Six to ten 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
- One local authority representative from Southwark
- One Diocesan representative
Governors are appointed/elected for three year terms, up to a maximum of ten years. The initial term of the first Chair will be three years, with annual election by the LGB thereafter. Academy staff may not be Chair or Vice Chair of the LGB.
Ark Schools 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 Schools
Contacting the governors
The LGB meets four times a year and they are supported by a Finance Committee and Curriculum Committee made up of some LGB members.
The current Clerk to Governors is Katie Bird (email@example.com). Governors can be contacted through Katie and the parent & staff governors can be contacted through the school office.
Lucy Frame (Principal)
I am the Principal at Ark All Saints Academy. I was a Vice Principal at Walworth Academy (another Ark school) for a number of years before leaving to become the founding Principal of Ark All Saints Academy.
Peter Martin (Chair & Safeguarding Link governor)
I am an Education Consultant whose focus is on system-wide school improvement with experience of working at international, national, regional and school levels. I am Chair of Governors of Ark All Saints Academy. My current roles include providing education expertise for Ark’s international partnerships and strategy development including supporting Ark’s partnership with PEAS, a UK charity that operates secondary schools in Uganda. I led national programmes in England with the National Strategies with roles that included primary and secondary literacy, behaviour and attendance, pupil performance data and quality assurance. I was a school inspector for both Hampshire and Southampton Local Authorities and led Ofsted school inspections. All these roles focused on identifying what works and makes a difference to young people’s education as well as the development of effective approaches to staff development, and they built on a decade’s experience of working in London secondary schools.
Eve Berry (Chair of Finance Committee, Finance Link Governor and Health & Safety Link Governor)
Richard Bool (SDBE Representative, Vice Chair & SEND Link governor)
Aisling is a Programme Manager for Ark Teacher Training who holds a keen interest in the potential of data analysis to improve school performance. A Southwark resident, she is looking to become more involved with Ark on a community level by engaging with and assisting schools in her local areas and ensuring opportunity for the borough’s scholars.
Edward Rainer (Southwark Representative & Science Link Governor)
I am Southwark Council's representation on the Ark All Saints Academy Local Governing Body. Originally from Liverpool, I studied BSc in Management with IT at the University of York before moving to London in 2008. I worked briefly at Lehman Brothers before continuing my career at the London Stock Exchange Group. Now Group Product Manager, I have teams in Sri Lanka, Italy and the UK, managing large-scale international projects and a diverse set of products. I have a keen interest in education and its rapidly changing landscape and hope to positively influence the continued growth of the Ark All Saints Academy whilst building the Academy's links to the City of London and the wider professional community.
Jonny Smith (Parent Governor)
Jonny has lived in the borough of Southwark for 14 years of his life, and currently lives in the Camberwell area. He is married and has two children. In 2003 Jonny was ordained as a Salvation Army minister, and has since led 2 churches and currently has the position of the Salvation Army's intercultural mission enabler. This role sees Jonny travelling the country, trying to help the Salvation Army become far more racially diverse. Prior to joining the Salvation Army, Jonny was a qualified Financial Adviser, and also worked in the field of banking.
Jonny is passionate about engaging more with the school for two reasons. Firstly, his son is a scholar at AASA. Secondly, he longs to see this school be a place where all people reach their potential and realise that everyone is uniquely gifted.
Jane Steen (SDBE Representative)
I am the Archdeacon of Southwark. I was born and raised in South London and studied English and then Theology at Cambridge, where I also wrote my PhD thesis. My work involves the parishes of the Church of England in South London and associated community and ecumenical engagement. I became a governor because education has a very important part to play in the development of young people and because this particular academy has links with the Diocese of Southwark’s Board of Education. I hope to contribute to the Academy’s flourishing within the Church of England family of Schools as well as within ARK and to play a part in enabling its students to become people who can make the world a better place. I enjoy walking, cooking, reading and gardening.
Eleanor Whitehead (Safeguarding Link Governor)
Ellie Whitehead is the Business Development Manager at the charity Ambition School Leadership. As such, she has experience in writing bids for the Department for Education, managing projects, and launching programmes. In her previous role at the charity, she managed relationships with school leaders. Ellie started her career working at a secondary school in Sussex, where she managed Pupil Premium funding and mentored students. Prior to this, Ellie studied Politics and International Political Economy at Newcastle University. Ellie's motivation for being a governor is a belief in serving a school's students and community and in leadership and accountability.
|LGB Name||Term Dates||Gov type and Term||Relevant declarations of interest||Attendance at meetings 2017/18|
|Eve Berry||01/09/2013||Ark Nominated||
4 out of 4
|Aisling Cregan||01/09/2016||Ark Link||1. Employment: Ark Teacher Training||3 out of 4|
4 out of 4
|Paul Brightly-Jones (Former)||01/09/2013 - 09/05/2018||Ark Nominated||
3 out of 4
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
|Edward Rainer||11/12/2013||Local Authority Rep||
2 out of 4
|Johnny Smith||31/08/2017||Parent||1. Employment: Employed as a Salvation Army officer, responsible for intercultural mission in the United Kingdom and Ireland Salvation Army Territory||3 out of 4|
2 out of 4
|Eleanor Whitehead||01/07/2018||Ark Nominated||1. Employment: Business Development Manager, Ambition School Leadership||1 out of 1|
All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark Schools. The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of her time in post.