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 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 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 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 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 five times per year.
contacting the governors
The current Clerk to Governors is Samira Sadeghi (firstname.lastname@example.org). Governors can be contacted through the Clerk.
If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit the Ark Schools website.
If you have any governance-related queries, please contact email@example.com
Delia Smith (Principal)
Patrick Wall (Chair)
For over 20 years, Patrick has been a governor at four state schools, both Primary and Secondary. Having attended six different non-selective state schools and being the first person to attend Oxford University from his Comprehensive school, Patrick appreciates that education can transform peoples’ lives and is the most important investment we can make, both as a community and as a country. Patrick runs his own software company, employing 200 people in five different countries. He is married with two children, both of whom attend their local school in Brent.
Sural Bhanshaly (Ark Link and Curriculum Link)
I am an experienced educator, having worked in inner-London schools for the last 15 years. I am driven to ensure all students make progress, irrespective of background or socio-economic status. I am currently the Head of Secondary at Ark Teacher Training, and hold a Masters degree in Social Justice & Education from the UCL Institute of Education.
Katy England (Safeguarding Link Governor)
I enjoyed working for seven years at King Solomon Academy, initially as a secondary Physics teacher before becoming more involved in the pastoral side of the school and finishing my time there as Assistant Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead across the academy and at Ark Paddington Green which has now become part of the KSA family. I have a one year old baby and am currently undertaking training to become a psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Centre in London. I have a strong commitment to redressing societal disadvantages, particularly those brought about through poverty.
Adam Grodecki (Sixth Form Link)
Sue Sanders (Vice Chair, Finance Link Governor & Health & Safety Link Governor)
My background is in local government, education, infrastructure projects, “big four” management consultancy, governance and finance. I am a qualified accountant who chairs an Audit Committee for a London Borough. I’m also studying for a Masters in Law. My own education gave me social mobility and a lifelong passion for learning. What also stood out about my own experience of school was that the teachers really looked out for me. I want young people today to have as good an educational experience as I had. That is why I’m a governor of what I consider to be an excellent and caring school.
Karin Ulukut-Barrett (Local Authority Representative, SEND Link)
I am a Local Authority Governor at Ark Academy, which means I try to champion the needs of pupils and families in our local community. I understand that every family wants their child’s school to offer them the best opportunities. That was why I became a PTA member and a school governor when my first child started school. I worked in commerce and lived in different countries, but I became so interested in education that I decided to retrain as a primary teacher. I taught locally for 20 years, so I have seen many changes and challenges in Brent schools and in Brent itself. I also love learning languages, art, dancing and gardening and I volunteer to promote recycling. I hope to use all my experience to contribute to giving your child the best at Ark Academy.
Ian Wace (Sponsor Associate)
All appointments are made by the Head 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 their time in post. Governors may be re-appointed for further terms.
The register of interests and attendance information for governors can be found here: Ark Academy Governor Attendance and Register of Interest 2018-19.pdf