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 St Alban's Academy is part of Ark - 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 St Alban's.
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, unlike in most non-academy governing bodies, St Alban's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.
Ark St Alban’s Academy is a Church of England school which welcomes pupils of every religion or none. The academy maintains a Christian ethos. Ark works closely with the Birmingham Diocesan Board of Education which appoints two members to the governing body.
The Ark Schools Articles of Association and Decision Making Framework can be found on the Ark Schools website here:
Our Local Governing Body
Ark St Alban’s Academy LGB is made up as follows:
- Six-10 members appointed by Ark Schools, to include the Chair – usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area
- Ark St Alban’s Academy Principal
- One parent governor
- One teaching staff governor
- One non-teaching staff governor
- One local authority representative from Birmingham
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
The LGB meets four times a year.
Contacting the Governors
The current Clerk to Governors is Fleur Sifford (firstname.lastname@example.org). Governors can be contacted through the clerk.
If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit www.arkschools.org/become-governor.
If you have any governance-related queries, please contact email@example.com.
Jo Dawson (Chair )
Irfan Khan (Finance Link Governor)
Prof. Peter Marsh (Vice Chair)
Susan Walton (SEND Link Governor)
Rezvana Shaheen (Teaching Staff Governor)
Tara Collins-Bullock (Safeguarding Link Governor)
Evie Glypti (Ark Nominated)
Father Gerry Sykes (Diocese Link Governor)
Calvin Hay (Ark Link Governor)
Guy Rimmer (Principal of Ark St Alban’s Academy)
All appointments are made by the Director of Governance 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.
To see the governors' attendance register click here: Governor Attendance Register 2020-21
To see the governors' declarations of interest 2020: Declarations of Interest Ark At Albans 2021-22.pdf