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 Academy.
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 Saints Academy's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.
The Ark Schools Articles of Association and Decision Making Framework scheme of delegation can be found on the Ark Schools website.
OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BODY
Ark All Saints Academy’s LGB is made up up of six to ten members appointed by Ark, to include the Chair and Principal. Governors are usually people with a local connection or a particular skill or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area. Ark 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
The LGB meets four times a year.
CONTACTING THE GOVERNORS
The Clerk to the Governors is Nicola Peake (firstname.lastname@example.org). Governors can be contacted through the Clerk.
Jonny Smith (Chair & 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.
Liz Barnett (Diocese Representative)
Liz is curate at St Barnobas Church Dulwich. She is married with three adult children. Prior to training for ordained ministry Liz worked for seven years as 'Leader of Schools Ministry' for SparkFish, a Christian Schoolswork charity in Southwark Diocese. Liz has a heart for young people and longs to see them reach their full potential. As a school governor Liz hopes to continue to serve young people and their school in a meaningful way.
Richard Bool (SDBE Representative, Vice Chair & SEND Link Governor)
I have been a teacher for 15 years. I have taught Geography, Politics and Economics and was a Housemaster for five years in a boys’ boarding school. Prior to moving into teaching, I was a solicitor in a large commercial law firm for five years. I am very sporty, and in the past, played significant amounts of competitive cricket, rugby and football, and I continue to play competitive squash on a regular basis. I am also a keen linguist and speak fluent French, German and Italian, and I am currently learning Turkish. I wanted to become a Governor of Ark All Saints because I have always felt that the independent and mainstream sectors could help one another and whilst I hope that I can contribute, I am also confident that I will learn a great deal.
Abiola Babarinde (Ark Nominated Governor)
Abiola is a writer, consultant and speaker based in London. Her work focuses on promoting personal development and wellness for all. She is the author of 'Take What You Need': life lessons for people who refuse to settle, which furthers this cause. She also spends time helping organisations of all kinds develop more effective social media and digital marketing strategies. Prior to this, she worked as a management consultant at two 'Big 4' firms.
Abiola is passionate about educating, inspiring and stewarding the next generation towards a bright future, and believes that being a school governor is vital to achieving this. Alongside her passion for creativity and the arts, she is also highly engaged in the entrepreneurial startup landscape and is a member of diverse, dynamic organisations that celebrate these values.
Eve Berry (Chair of Finance Committee, Finance Link Governor and Health & Safety Link Governor)
Aisling Cregan (Ark 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.
Laura Stone (Safeguarding Link Governor)
Laura has worked in secondary education for 11 years both in Bristol and Inner City London. She joined Ark in 2010 and worked at Ark Burlington Danes for 8 years. During her time as Vice Principal she led on T&L, pastoral care and safeguarding. She is now Head of Ark Teacher Training and responsible for the next generation of Ark teachers. She is also a passionate geographer and has sat on the Council at the Royal Geographical Society as Honorary Secretary for Education for the past 6 years. Her motivation for being a governor is to provide external support and guidance as well as being a critical friend to the Principal, so that they can further develop their school for the benefit of the pupils.
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.
The Register of Interests 2020-21 for Governors and the Attendance Information 2019-20 can be found here:
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 her time in post.