How Ark's governance works
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 our Academy's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.
The Ark Schools Decision Making Framework outlines where responsibility and accountability sits for the key functional areas within Ark Schools between the ‘tiers’ of governance.
Our Local Governing Body
From September 2016 Ark Little Ridge and Ark Blacklands shared one local governing body (LGB) as Ark Hastings Primary Academies, and in July 2018 Ark Castledown joined the LGB. This means that the schools are provided with further opportunities to work closely with each other, enabling more effective school to school support and bringing the benefits of governor skills to all three schools.
Our Local Governing Body (LGB) is made up of 6-10 members – usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area. The board generally includes:
- Ark Blacklands, Ark Castledown and Ark Little Ridge Executive Principal.
- Up to two Parent Governors
- One Teaching Staff Governor
- One Non-teaching Staff Governor
- One Local Authority representative
We aim 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. Attributes we look for include:
- 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 Schools
All appointments are made by the Director 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 his or her time in post. Governors may be reappointed for further terms.
The LGB meets four times a year.
Becoming a governor
If you have an interest and commitment to improving education, and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a governor by completing our online Governor Application Form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A full programme of induction, training and support is provided. You can see more information, including role specifications here.
Contacting the governors
Our Regional Governance Officer is Charles Shaw (email@example.com). Please contact them if you have any governance-related queries, or would like to contact one of the governors.
I live in Hastings and have two daughters, both of whom are at Ark Blacklands Academy. I work for Hastings Borough Council as a Senior HR Partner, and have over 15 years’ experience as a Human Resources professional in the public sector. I have a keen interest in the area and the primary academies, and believe that as a governor who offers both support and challenge, I can aid the improvement and development of the academies.
Since 2017 Amie has been Network Vice-Principal for Mathematics at Ark, leading a School Improvement Fund project across 12 schools in Hastings to improve the quality of teaching and learning of mathematics in Key Stags 2 and 3. Prior to this she was the Ark Network Lead in maths for a year. Before joining Ark she worked in a variety of Maths related roles for Harris Academies as well as being a Maths Teacher and Head of Post-16 Maths at Lord Williams School in Thame. Amie has a first degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Bristol and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Oxford University.
I am passionate about both education and Hastings. I have lived in the town all my life and have taught in th earea since 2006. I am Vice Principal at Ark Alexandra and am a member of the school's Senior Leadership Team. Education plays a vital role in social mobility and the Ark Primaries have been the starting ppoint for many journeys.
I have taught in a special needs school in Hastings for the last 15 years. As part of my role, I work closely with many mainstream schools across the county to ensure appropriate provision is required for children with behavioural difficulties or a diagnosed SEN. I have 3 children who all have been educated in Ark schools, primary and secondary. I have witnessed and been part of the change to an academy and understands the strengths and areas of development needed in his process.
Fiona is a freelance features journalist and a Contributing Editor to House & Garden, writing on the arts and sustainable lifestyle and hosting conversations and live interviews. She is also an ambassador for parliamentary advisory group Fashion Roundtable, and on the board of Art, Action, Change, a UK-based charitable foundation devoted to creating positive change in society through the arts with a focus on education and the empowerment of children. is passionate about the importance of children being given equal opportunity to succeed and has two children at Ark schools.
Satchi is a public policy expert, having held a number of roles in local and national government. This has included positions in the Department for Education, Ofsted, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and 10 Downing Street. He is passionate about contributing to the community in Hastings and believes that our children deserve the best possible education, which he will seek to support the academies to deliver as a governor.
Guy is a local managing director, who has built and expanded a successful retail and wholesale business. He is also a business partner and advisor to entrepreneurs and investors, brokering distribution deals, appraising investments and troubleshooting, often in other sectors and geographies. Having successfully sold on his own businesses he now works with likeminded people to assist them to develop and prosper. He has a son at an Ark primary academy.
Mark is a Governor on the Ark Hastings Primary Academies LGB by virtue of his role as Principal of Ark Castledown Academy.
Natalie is a Governor on the Ark Hastings Primary Academies LGB by virtue of her role as Principal of Ark Blacklands Academy.
Kate is a Governor on the Ark Hastings Primary Academies LGB by virtue of her role as Principal of Ark Little Ridge Primary Academy.
Sarah is a Founding Partner and although she does not attend meetings she continues to support Hastings Primaries as an Associate. She moved with her family to Hastings from New York in 2004 and has been involved with a number of community issues ever since. Born and educated in London, she graduated from the faculty of English and American Studies at the University of East Anglia in 1984 and then trained as a reporter at the Kent and Sussex Courier. She later worked in Hong Kong as the Education Editor of the Hong Kong Standard before becoming a freelance writer and photographer based in Kuala Lumpur. She cares deeply about the importance of primary education and believes passionately in the educational and therapeutic qualities of the natural environment.