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 Kings 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.
The Ark Schools Articles of Association, Master Funding Agreement and Accountabilities Framework can be found on the Ark Schools website. Ark's audited accounts information can be found here. 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 Kings.
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, Ark Kings’ governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.
Our Local Governing Body
Ark Kings 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
- Ark Kings Academy Principal
- One parent governor
- One staff governor
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 five times a year.
Contacting the Governors
The current Clerk to Governors is Lucy Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org). Governors can be contacted through the clerk, and the parent governor can be contacted through the school office.
Roger Punton (Principal)
Caz Brasenell (Primary Headteacher)
Alastair Willcox (Interim Chair and Safeguarding Link Governor)
Alastair is a qualified solicitor and works for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (based in Birmingham) in their in-house Legal Department, specialising in regulatory law. His work is concerned with disciplinary proceedings against solicitors and prosecuting solicitors at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Before moving to the SRA he worked as an employment solicitor in private practice representing both businesses and individuals.
Alastair studied French and Spanish at The University of Liverpool and spent the third year of his degree teaching English in a school in Avignon.
Whilst working as a Legal Assistant at Birmingham City Council, Alastair became involved with projects run by Education Business Links and BXL in local schools and colleges. He remained committed to the project when he left Birmingham City Council to continue his career and continued to mentor students at "Practice Interview Days" and "Skill Days" at an Academy in Birmingham.
Katy Patten (Ark Nominated)
Katy is currently an Associate Dean for Learning Design at the Institute for Teaching and Ambition School Leadership developing evidence informed teacher and leadership development programmes. Recently she has led on the design of the TLIF funded ‘Transforming Teaching’ programme and whilst at Ark was the Head of Curriculum overseeing the design and development of their ITT and NQT curricula. In this role Katy also led on the design and delivery of a professional development programme for Ark's first school in Delhi. She is also an alumnus of Teach First.
Jo Hayward (Finance Link Governor)
I was born and brought up in Redditch before attending the University of Birmingham to read law and have continued to live and work in the Birmingham area post-graduation. I am a qualified solicitor and spent four years practicing in family law, typically in relation to disputes involving children, including care proceedings. Subsequently, I have spent the last three years retraining as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor at a 'Big Four' professional services firm in Birmingham. I have strong links to the local community with family and business interests in Redditch, Northfield and Birmingham. I am also a member of the Talent Committee of the professional networking organisation BPS Birmingham Future. Our aim is to attract and retain local talented young people to Birmingham based careers.
Jessie Gupta (Primary and Early Years Link Governor)
Jessie Gupta is an ex-primary head teacher and she recognises the challenges that schools face in the current educational climate. Through her years of working in education and also raising a family, she has aquired the knowledge, skills and understanding of the complexities of transforming education to meet the needs of every child.
Having retired, she now has the desire to be a governor to support a primary school/primary phase of a through school to be the very best it can!
Jessie is passionate about every child receiving the best possible start in life and experience the best education possible. She believes that regardless of background, ethnicity, gender or ability every child has the right to the very best educational opportunities enabling them to grow into being sensitive, kind individuals with empathy and understanding for people the world over and to make their contribution to the society they live in.
Arthur Reeves (SEND Link Governor)
I currently work for Ark St Alban's and believe passionately that every child, regardless of their background, deserves access to a world-class education. This is why I came into education. Governors play an important role in acting as "critical friends" in ensuring that schools are challenged to continually improve and reach the very best for the community they serve. As a keen history teacher, I am very familiar with examples from the past where education has been used to manipulate or cause harm. This is why excellent education is so important; so all in society are equipped to think critically and engage with the wider community.
Kiran Vithal (Ark Nominated)
Kiran works for the Department for Education. Prior to this role Kiran worked for Ark schools, one the UK’s leading multi-academy trusts for nine years. He is a former Vice Principal, working as part of leadership team at Ark St Alban’s in securing outstanding outcomes. As a Future Leaders participant, he has also supported other schools nationally in improving outcomes and ensuring curriculum structures align cohesively for achievement. Kiran studied Computer Science & Software Engineering at the University of Birmingham and has a Masters in Educational Leadership.
All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark. The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of his time in post.
To view the Governors Register of Interests and Attendance Record please follow the link below:
If you wish to access a hard copy of any policy please contact school's office on: 01214594451 or email: email@example.com.