GOVERNANCE

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 Dickens Primary 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 Dickens.

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 most non-academy governing bodies, Ark Dicken's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter - educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

PDF icon060829 Master Funding Agreement final.pdf

PDF iconAmendment and Restatement Agreement

PDF iconArk Dickens Supplemental Funding Agreement

OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BODY

Ark Dicken'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 Dickens Principal
  • One parent governor
  • One teaching staff governor
  • One non-teaching staff governor
  • One local authority representative from Portsmouth

Ark aims to create a balanced group that will have the right skills, connections and dynamic for the LGB to work well and support 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 clerk to the governors is Valerie Oldland (Valerie.Oldland@arkonline.org). Governors can be contacted through Valerie and the parent governor can be contacted through the school office.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit www.arkschools.org/governance. If you have any governance-related queries, please contact governance.team@arkonline.org.

current governors

Joy Waelend (Principal)

Canon Peter Leonard (Chair) 

I intended to become a teacher upon leaving school but instead worked in marketing and public relations until responding to a call to ordination in 1994. I completed a theology degree in Bristol before working in churches in Haslemere and Woking between 1997 & 2007 before retraining as a primary school teacher. From 2007 I worked in a school near Guildford before becoming Deputy Headteacher of a school in Waterlooville and then Head of School when it federated with another school. I returned to the church in 2014 becoming Canon Chancellor of Portsmouth Cathedral and am responsible for education and community engagement. I am a member of the Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Board of Education and a member of the General Synod of the Church of England. I live with my partner and two children in Portsmouth and enjoy fitness, kayaking, baking, walking and am a massive Doctor Who fan!

rebecca close (Safeguarding Link Governor)

I am currently an Economics teacher at a school in Portsmouth, as well as studying part time on the Educational Leadership and Management MSc at Portsmouth University.  My professional interests are within pastoral care and support, where I enjoy learning from my experiences as Deputy Head of House.  This role of responsibility has opened up opportunities for me to work with local children's organisations within the city. As a local resident, with an interest in education, I am hoping that as a governing team we can ensure the pupils at ARK DICKENS get the very best start to their school years.

hannah plimmer (Ark Link Governor)

Hannah is part of the Communications team at Ark and oversees the marketing and attraction for teachers and teacher trainees. Hannah has worked in various roles in the education industry for the past 7 years, including education recruitment and EFL.

She also has family links to education, with her mother owning an Early Years provision for over 20 years

mike pye (SEND Link Governor)

I was brought up on a council estate in Plymouth. I passed the 11+ exam and went to a local grammar school. I was awarded a place at New College, Oxford to read chemistry, later gaining a doctorate. After a relatively short career as a research chemist I joined the Royal Navy as an Instructor Officer, a career that lasted nearly 20 years. Towards the end of this time I felt the call to ministry and was ordained in the year 2000. I took up the post of vicar of All Saints Church in August 2007. I am married with two grown-up children.  I believe that the education system served me well and am eager to put something back to help our children today achieve their full potential.

kirsty williams (teaching staff governor)

I am a phase leader and Year 1 class Teacher at Ark Dickens Primary Academy. I have been teaching for 13 years at various schools. I am enthusiastic about teaching and being part of a great team, which helps children reach their full potential.

cllr rob wood (Local Authority Representative)

I have been a Portsmouth City Councillor since 2010 and was Cabinet Member for Children and Education since 2011-14. I am currently a Party Spokesperson for Children. I have a vested interest in improving education outcomes as both grandchildren (and children) attended local authority schools. I have contributed to the LGiU paper on the ‘Middle-Tier’ role in delivering Education and the LA’s role within this and have recently spoken at several national seminars on the subject of education.

Prior to becoming a Councillor I spent many years in senior positions within the IT software industry, finally as a Director and Principal Technologist within a ‘Cloud Computing’ company. I currently independently consult and contract in this area as a CTO.

I am Chair of Trustees at Wymering Manor Trust and Vice Chair of Trustees for Portsmouth race equality network organisation (PRENO).

I became a Governor because I was keen to help and understand how to ensure both Academies and LA schools could work together to ensure the best outcomes for all our Portsmouth pupils. I want Portsmouth pupils to have the brightest future we can all help support.

tracy wooloff (parent governor)

I work as a customs clearance agent and have had the same profession for many years. I specialise in overseas operations. My daughter is currently in year 5 and is succeeding in all areas of education. I personally attended this school as a child and hopefully can help make the school a great school

 

LGB Name Term Dates Gov type and Term Relevant declarations of interest Attendance at meetings 2015/16
Veronica Lloyd-Richards 01/09/2014 Chair
  1. Ark employee:  Head of Professional Development

6 out of 6

Joy Waelend 01/01/2016 Principal

 

4 out of 4(appointed Jan 2106)

Eve Dickson   Ark Link Governor 1. Ark Employee

5 out of 6 (resigned August 2016)

Rebecca Close 01/09/2014 Ark Nominated  

6 out of 6

Mike Pye 01/09/2014 Ark Nominated
  1. Vicar (and therefore chair of trustees) of All Saints Church, Portsmouth

4 out of 6

Jason Chipper 01/09/2014 Ark Nominated
  1. Director: Jason Chipper Associates Ltd; Knowledge Works Ltd; Applied IT Ltd
  2. Governor at Springfield School, Drayton, Portsmouth

3 out of 6

Rob Wood 01/09/2014 Local Authority
  1. IT Consultant / Contractor
  2. City Councillor & Local Executive Member Liberal Democrat Party
  3. Director Aquitaine House Management Company Ltd
  4. Trustee: Wymering Manor Trust; PRENO
  5. LA Governor Charter Academy and Ark Dickens School
  6. Portsmouth City Councillor Advisory/Committee Appointments (various)
  7. Member: Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors; Council of Friends National Museum of Royal Navy and HMS Victory;  Committee Friends of Old Portsmouth Association;
  8. Fundraising Committee New Theatre Royal
  9. Ambassador Shaping Portsmouth
  10. Former LA Cabinet Member for Children and Education
  11. LA LibDem Spokesperson for Children and Education

4 out of 6

Kirsty Williams 01/09/2015 Teaching Staff
  1. Year 2 Class Teacher & Maths Lead

4 out of 6

       

 

All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark Schools.  The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of their time in post.