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:
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 six 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
Andrew Abery (Teaching Staff Governor)
I have been a teacher of Drama for 5 years having previously worked in post-production media. I have been Head of Drama here at Ark All Saints Academy since June 2015 responsible for creating and guiding the Drama curriculum and extra-curricular theatrical productions. My proudest teaching achievement has been watching six of our scholars performing for the patrons and supporters of the Shakespeare School’s Festival at 11 Downing Street. I am passionate about the theatre and believe all young people, especially those in Inner London, should be able to experience the theatre and have arranged the annual Year 7 theatre trip to the Unicorn Theatre. I am a huge fan of physical comedy having specialised in Commedia De’ll Arte at university and enjoy playing squash, badminton and cycling in my spare time.
Eve Berry (Chair of Finance Committee, Finance Link Governor and Health & Safety Link Governor)
Richard Bool (SDBE Representative, Vice Chair & SEND Link governor)
Paul Brightly-Jones (English Link Governor & Access 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.
Michael Farmer (Extra - Curricular Link Governor)
Michael was educated at Wantage Grammar School, leaving at eighteen, to work as a clerk at a London Metal Exchange broker company in 1963. He spent his career in the City, involved in the merchanting and trading of base metals, especially copper. He headed the global base metal trading at Phibro Salomon Brothers in the late 1980’s and his subsequent trading company, the Metal & Commodity Company Ltd, floated on the London Stock Exchange under the title MG Plc, in 1999. He was subsequently the founding partner for the Red Kite Group of hedge funds, which provides mine finance and futures investment opportunities for funds.
Since the age of thirty-five, he has been an active Christian, being a warden of St. Helen’s Bishopsgate for over twenty years and giving many talks, for instance men’s breakfast on the tensions of being a Christian working in City markets. Michael has been an active supporter for the Centre for Social Justice and is currently Treasurer of the Conservative Party. He is married with three adult children and with his wife, Jenny, is involved in encouraging and supporting good educational practices in the UK. He is a founding sponsor for ARK All Saints Church of England Academy in Camberwell.
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)
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.
|LGB Name||Term Dates||Gov type and Term||Relevant declarations of interest||Attendance at meetings 2015/16|
|Andrew Abery||10/11/2016||Teaching Staff Governor|
|Eve Berry||01/09/2013||Ark Nominated||
6 out of 6
5 out of 6
|Paul Brightly-Jones||01/09/2013||Ark Nominated||
1 out of 6
|Michael Farmer||01/09/2013||Founding Partner||1. https://www.parliament.uk/biographies/lords/lord- farmer/4321||
2 out of 6
6 out of 6
|Mark Harris||01/09/2013 - 28/06/2017||Ark Nominated (former)||
2 out of 6
6 out of 6
1 out of 6
|Edward Rainer||11/12/2013||Local Authority Rep||
4 out of 6
2 out of 6
|Oliver Jones||26/11/2013; 25/11/2015||Non-teaching staff (former)||
2 out of 2
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.