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.
Bolingbroke 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 Bolingbroke 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 Bolingbroke Academy governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.
Our Local Governing Body
Bolingbroke 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
- Bolingbroke Academy Principal
- One parent governor
- One teaching staff governor
- One non-teaching staff governor
- One local authority representative, suggested by Wandsworth Borough Council
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 four times a year.
Contacting the Governors
The current Clerk to Governors is Katie Bird (firstname.lastname@example.org). Governors can be contacted through Katie and the parent governor can be contacted through the school office.
Claire Edis (Principal)
Claire has been the Principal at Bolingbroke Academy since inception to present day. Claire was previously Deputy Head at Parliament Hill School in London where she lead responsibility for the school’s technology college specialism and for raising attainment in maths and science and design technology. She also played a leadership role in the Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 curriculum and in managing behaviour and in the school’s provision of careers guidance and support. Claire has extensive experience in the areas needed for maintaining high standards of teaching and learning and is passionate about Bolingbroke Academy.
Gareth Davies (CHAIR, Leadership & Mathematics Link Governor)
Gareth is Chair of Governors at Ark Bolingbroke. Over the last decade he has worked in Whitehall - most recently as an Executive Director in the Cabinet Office and before that as Tony Blair’s advisor on Pensions and Welfare. He started his career as a management consultant, specialising in financial services and competition policy. He has lived in Clapham since graduating from University and can often be seen Saturday mornings running – not particularly quickly – around Wandsworth Common.
Councillor Peter Dawson (Wandsworth Council Representative; SEND Link Governor)
Peter Dawson was educated at Kirkham Grammar School in Lancashire and Durham University. He worked for over 30 years with companies of the Royal Dutch / Shell Group. He held management positions both internationally and in the UK, leading multi-national Human Resources teams during periods of significant organizational change.
Since retirement he has served as an elected councillor for the Northcote ward of Battersea and is Chairman of Wandsworth Council’s Education & Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny committee.
Peter supported the campaigns to maintain the Bolingbroke Hospital in community use and for a new secondary school in the area. Therefore he was delighted when the Council appointed him as the Local Authority governor of the Bolingbroke Academy.
Ruth Handcock (Finance Link Governor)
In my day job I’m Head of Finance for a major drinks brand and in my spare time I’m a Governor at Bolingbroke Academy. It’s come as no surprise to hear that my main responsibility as a Governor is providing challenge and support on the financial health of the school, both in the short term and for longer term strategic planning.
My interest in education isn’t limited to Bolingbroke. I lived in Sierra Leone, West Africa for a year and also set up a primary school there, which I still support from the UK. Being able to provide support to both an excellent Ark Academy and a grass-roots primary school in the developing world creates a fascinating contrast.
Katy Newman (NSC Governor; Behaviour & Ethos & Safeguarding Link Governor)
Karen Robinson (Staff Governor)
Karen Robinson is the Research and Development Leader at Bolingbroke academy, responsible for the reading programme, the library and careers provision. She started her career in public libraries and has worked in a number of schools supporting literacy development with parents and toddlers to sixth formers. She has been a Governor at a Primary school for the past 6 years and is now happy to take on this role at Bolingbroke Academy.
Ron Rooney (NSC Governor; Vice Chair; Sport, Curriculum and Fundraising Link Governor)
James Lovell (Ark Link Governor, Science & Sixth Form Link Governor)
All appointments are made by the Director of Governance. The term of a Governor is three years, except for the the Principal, who remains a Governor for the duration of time held in post. Details of the attendance and register of interest for governors can be found here: Bolingbroke LGB 2017-18 - DOI and Attendance