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.

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.

PDF iconMaster Funding Agreement

PDF iconAmendment and Restatement Agreement

PDF iconArk Kings Supplemental Funding Agreement

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 Kate Woods ( Governors can be contacted through the clerk, and the parent governor can be contacted through the school office.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit If you have any governance-related queries, please contact

Current Governors

Roger Punton (Principal)

Jennifer Gregson (Head of School, Primary)

Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard (Chair and Finance Link)

I am passionate about supporting the Education Sector and giving back to my local community.In my current role as an insolvency and debt recovery solicitor I advise clients on best practice corporate governance and restructuring, I also advise third sector clients and I feel that the skills I have learned throughout my professional career will be beneficial in my role as a governor at Ark Kings.

Alastair Willcox (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 Link Governor)

I joined Ark in April 2014 as a Curriculum Manager and History Subject Lead in the Ark Teacher Training team, and have since become the Head of Curriculum Development. In this role I am responsible for overseeing the development of content for ITT training, based on the Great Teacher Rubric. I am also involved in piloting Ark Teacher Training materials with schools in the network such as King’s in Birmingham. This has involved adapting training to suit different CPD contexts and skill levels. I am extremely interested in approaches and models for improving quality of teaching in schools. Since at Ark I have also taken on a Professional Tutor role at Helenswood Academy in Hastings. In this role I work with key contacts at the academy to support, and build capacity to support, our trainees and NQTs. I am also project managing a teacher training collaboration with Ark India

Jo Hayward (SEND 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 practising 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.

Gail Peyton (Associate Governor)

As Regional Director of Primary (Birmingham), Gail Peyton line manages Ark’s primary Headteachers in Birmingham, providing the support to deliver an outstanding education for all students through rapid improvement. She will be working to establish a shared culture across all Birmingham primaries that enables everyone to work collaboratively, share best practice and celebrate success.

Gail was previously Headteacher of Griffin Primary School since September 2011. The school was a vulnerable school identified as in special measures by the LA, however, after securing a satisfactory judgment in December 2011, the school went on to become outstanding in October 2013. Pupils live in the most deprived areas nationally. The school has been ranked top in Wandsworth performance tables for value added (most progress) in Reading, Writing & Maths combined, for the past two years and last year was ranked seventh nationally. It is part of the Mayor of London’s Gold Club, is a winner in the DfE pupil premium awards, and has received a variety of further awards. 

Prior to this, Gail worked as a Head of School, Deputy Headteacher and Advanced Skills Teacher in the Gipsy Hill Federation in Lambeth. Gail is also contracted to Ofsted to carry out inspections of schools.


LGB Name Term Dates Gov type and Term Relevant declarations of interest Attendance at meetings 2015/16
Paul Bull 01/03/2015 Teaching Staff  

6 out of 6

Aaron Hussey 10/03/2016 Ark Link
  1. Employee of Ark Schools

1 out of 4

Guy McEvoy 01/09/2012  - 31/08/2016 Ark Nominated (former)
  1. Managing Director, GuyKat Soltutions
  2. Director, CloudTeach Ltd.
  3. Non-Exec Director, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

2 out of 6

Andrew Nabbs 27/03/2013 -  31/08/2016 Ark Nominated (former)


4 out of 6

Gail Peyton 04/01/2016 Chair
  1. Employee of Ark Schools

4 out of 4

Roger Punton 01/01/2014 Principal  

6 out of 6

Rebecca Curtis 13/03/2015                  


Ark Link (Former)
  1. Employee of Ark Schools

2 out of 3

Jane Nelson 01/09/2012                  


Chair (Former)
  1. Honorary Secretary, Worcestershire County Ladies Golf Association

2 out of 2

Helen Verona 01/03/2015                  


Parent (Former)  

1 out of 3

All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark.  The term of a governor is two years, except for the chair (three years) and the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of his time in post.