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 Rose 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 Rose Primary Academy.

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 Rose Primary Academy's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

 Master Funding Agreement

PDF iconAmendment and Restatement Agreement

PDF iconArk Rose Supplemental Funding Agreement


Ark Rose's LGB is made up as follows:

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 Rose Primary Academy Principal
  • One elected parent governor
  • One elected teaching staff governor
  • One elected non-teaching staff governor
  • One local local authority representative from Birmingham

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 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


Jennifer Gregson – Acting Head of School

Gail Peyton - Executive Headteacher & Ark Regional Director for Primary

Katy Patten (Ark Link and Safeguarding 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.

Sean McCay

Sean McCay is the Vice Principal (Pastoral) at the nearby Ark Kings Academy. His responsibilities include the personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils at Ark Kings, and he hopes to bring his skills and experience in these areas to the local governing body at Ark Rose.

LGB attendance 16-17 Ark Rose.pdf