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 elected parent governor
  • One elected 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 six 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)

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.

PAUL BULL (teaching staff governor)

Mr Bull is currently the Head of Year Learning for Years 8 and 9 at Arks Kings and the Head of Music. He has been teaching for 26 Years as Head of Music, Head of Year, Head of House and Head of Performing Arts at various Secondary Schools in England. He joined ARK Kings in September 2013 and has designed and developed the Innovative Band Musicianship Programme that teaches instrumental and vocal skills to all KS3 Students as part of their Music Curriculum. Every Student in Key Stage 3 is now in a Band within their Music lessons and this will ensure greater numbers taking the GCSE Music Course in the future. He is determined to make a difference to the students of the Academy and is keen to join the Governing Body to see this continues to happen both in school and in the local community.

Aaron Hussey (Ark Link Governor and SEND link)

From the British Library’s first-ever national business network advertising campaign to growing a world-renowned reading scheme in schools to engage nearly 100,000 young people with literature, I have a proven track record of strategic planning and successful delivery across the entire communications spectrum for charities, the public sector and not-for-profits.

At Ark, I have established and head up the Schools Marketing Team, I have responsibility for marketing and branding for all 34 Ark schools across the UK - helping schools to attract pupils, recruit outstanding teachers and great graduates and career changers onto the Ark Teacher Training programme.

Outside of Ark, I sit on the advisory board of a not-for-profit political organisation, have worked for a European Member of Parliament, have written speeches for Ministers and Shadow Ministers and have chaired the steering group of leading literacy charities.

Glenn Karlsson

.Glenn Karlsson is an ambitious and strategic thinking young professional currently employed as a Director and the Head of Technical Services at the Green Frog Power Group. His unique and specialist role involves actively supporting the directors on a wide range of technical, commercial and entrepreneurial activities. Previously during his studies, he was successful in applying for highly sought after internships with J.P Morgan Chase as an Investment Banking Analyst and as a Process Engineer with Procter and Gamble both based in London. In addition to this, he has recently passed an examination set by the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners (ACGP) relating to coporate law and governance – this is aimed at putting talented young leaders into governance positions.

Glenn is passionate about giving back to the community. He is keen to support social mobility and educate on sustainability from an early age which can be actively supported in a role as a local school governer

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.