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 Victoria 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 Victoria.
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 Victoria's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.
To view the Ark Master Funding Agreement please click on the link below:
To view the Ark Victoria Supplemental funding agreement please click on the link below:
The Ark Schools Articles of Association, Master Funding Agreement and Decision Making Framework can be found on the Ark Schools website here:
Our Local Governing Body
From 1st March 2018 Ark Victoria Academy and Ark Chamberlain Primary Academy have had a single local governing body which oversees both schools. This decision was made to enable the schools to work closely together, enabling effective school to school support and bringing the benefits of governor skills to both schools.
Ark Victoria Academy's LGB is made up as follows:
Six to 10 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 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.
Following the outcome of the consultation the decision was made to amalgamate Ark Victoria and Ark Chamberlain from 1 September 2018. Ark will be seeking to make new appointments to the LGB which will include the appointments of staff and parent governors.
Contacting the Governors
The Clerk to Governors is Lucy Taylor - firstname.lastname@example.org. Governors can be contacted through the clerk.
If you would like to see the Ark Victoria Supplemental Funding Agreement, or if you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit http://arkonline.org/uk-schools/our-people. If you have any governance-related queries, please contact email@example.com.
For information on the Ark Schools board please visit our Trustees page.
Gail Peyton - Executive Headteacher, Ark Victoria Academy
Ela McSorley - Principal All Through, Ark Victoria Academy
Victoria Twort - Primary Headteacher, Ark Victoria Academy
David Gould OBE - Chair and Teaching and Learning (Secondary) Link Governor
Before retiring, David Gould was Executive Principal of Ark Boulton Academy, which opened in September 2015, and former Principal at Ark St Alban’s Academy, which opened in September 2009. He was also Regional Director of Secondary Education for Ark in Birmingham. As Principal at Ark St Alban's, David improved student outcomes over 16 years with significant improvements in GCSE results. His tireless and focused work resulted in the school being named as one of the country’s best schools on the value-added measure, with pupils making outstanding progress during their time at the Academy. He also helped the Academy to build a strong community presence - forging strong links with Birmingham Central Mosque and with other local religious groups. Prior to joining Ark, David was the Head Teacher of St Alban’s CE Specialist Engineering College. David was awarded a OBE for services to education in 2017.
Dave Allen - Ark Link and Health and Safety Link Governor
Dave is the Head of Estates and Procurement Management at Ark, and provides a link between the LGB and the Senior Executive Team at Ark.
Fred Mitting - SLT Staff Governor
Fred is an Assistant Principal at Ark Victoria Academy.
Jack Smyth - Teaching and Learning (Primary) Link Governor
Jack is a barrister with a broad practice acting on behalf of local planning authorities, appellants and residents’ groups. Legal 500 awarded Jack the prestigious honour of "Legal 500 UK Regional Junior Barrister of the year" in 2018. Jack has lectured on the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanction Act 2008. He has also lectured to post-graduate students at the University of Birmingham on planning issues. He joined Ark Victoria as a Governor in April 2018.
Steve O'Donnell - Finance Link Governor
Steve is a Senior Relationship Manager at Allied Irish Bank and is involved in several Birmingham and West Midlands professional business groups. He brings many years experience in business and finance to his role as Finance link governor.
Daniel Fisher - Safeguarding Link Governor
Daniel Fisher has worked in HR and Learning and Development in the private and not-for-profit sectors for over 6 years. He lives within the local area and has experience supporting managers of young people’s services at St Basils. As a governor, Daniel hopes to be able to get the best out of people at all levels in the Academy - staff, teachers and pupils.
Catherine Howard - SEND Link Governor
Catherine has worked extensively with vulnerable children including those with SEND and EAL. She has managed and led on inclusion and safeguarding in numerous educational settings. Catherine currently volunteers at Samaritans and is undertaking a PhD in education.
To view the Governors Register of Interests and Attendance Record please follow this link:Governor interests and attendance log 2018-19.pdf