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 Bolingbroke Academy is part of Ark Schools - 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 Bolingbroke Academy. 

Ark Schools Master Funding Agreement

PDF iconBolingbroke Supplemental Funding Agreement

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

The Ark Schools Articles of Association and Decision Making Framework scheme of delegation can be found on the Ark Schools website here.

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

Contacting the governors 

The LGB meets four times a year. 

The Clerk to the Governors is Titilola Kehinde ( Governors can be contacted through the Clerk. 

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please see here. If you have any governance-related queries please contact the Clerk. 

Current Governors

Lizzie Gaisman (Chair; Ark Appointed Governor; SEND Link Governor)

Lizzie works for JPMorgan Chase & Company, and her career to date spans the private, public and social sectors. She has been passionate about education ever since she was the youngest member of her senior school council at the age of 11. She is a lifelong south-west Londoner, having grown up in Richmond and lived in SW12 for nearly a decade. She and her husband and young children rotate around the area's excellent playgrounds on repeat. Lizzie holds an MBA from Harvard and a Bachelor's Degree in History from Oxford. 

James Baker (Ark Appointed Governor; Communications Link Governor)

James has lived in Battersea since 2009 and has been heavily involved in the local community since then. A former barrister, James now works as a corporate communications consultant and lobbyist specialising in advising major global businesses on public relations, government affairs and corporate responsibility. Having grown up in nearby Richmond, James knows the area well and is also a supporter of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Support UK and the Disabled Children’s Partnership.

Victoria Davies (Parent Governor; Finance Link Governor)

Victoria Davies is a local parent with 3 children attending Bolingbroke Academy.  As a parent Governor, she aims to engage positively with the parent body to support the school in delivering an outstanding education and being a source of pride to its students and the wider community.  Victoria has 25 years’ experience in strategy, financial planning, change management and performance measurement gained at the London Stock Exchange Group and in the Information and Media industries.  Victoria was educated at a comprehensive school in Nottinghamshire and studied at the University of Oxford, where she read PPE.  She is a keen cyclist, Bolingbroke Parents Association and local charity volunteer and participates in numerous mentoring programmes for young professionals.

Katharine Jackson (Parent Governor; Finance Link Governor)

A commercial executive with a professional financial background who has worked for over 20 years in digital publishing for both secondary and higher education sectors.  A track record of executive and non-executive experience providing strong oversight and governance with a deep commitment to inclusion and equality of access to education as the foundation for a healthy, flourishing society.  A mother of five children who have attended different state secondary schools in the South London area, (two at Bolingbroke Academy) using my knowledge of a variety of educational settings and my collaborative and mentoring skills for positive impact. 

Suzy Pett (Ark Appointed Governor; Teaching and Learning Link Governor)

Suzy Pett is Assistant Head at Wimbledon High, with responsibility for teaching and learning across the school. Prior to this she was Head of English at Wimbledon High and previously worked at Surbiton High. She is passionate about creating an ethos of classroom excellence. She won Pearson’s Outstanding New Teacher of the Year award in 2014, has spoken at BETT (the world’s leading education technology show) and loves to chat about literature. She has founded and continues to lead a literacy project, now in its tenth year, with schools in the Akwapim Region of Ghana. In her spare time she enjoys running round Wimbledon Common.

Aled Richards-Jones (Ark Appointed (Local Authority Governor))

Aled is a councillor on Wandsworth Borough Council, representing Northcote ward which takes in Ark Bolingbroke Academy. As a local councillor, he has seen Ark Bolingbroke Academy grow into an outstanding local state school and, having been educated in state primary and secondary schools himself, joined the Governing Board to support the school's continued growth and success. Prior to becoming a governor, Aled lead Oxbridge mock interviews for the school. He has previous experience as a governor of a local Wandsworth primary school for 7 years. 

Aled studied Chemistry at the University of Oxford, and postgraduate law at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford. He qualified as a barrister in 2016 and has since practised in intellectual property and commercial law.

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.

Iandra Tchoudnowsky (Ark Appointed Governor; Safeguarding Link Governor)

Having grown up and been schooled in numerous different countries, Iandra came to the UK to finish her studies at Oxford. After nearly ten years as a solicitor in the City, Iandra moved to Moscow where she set up and has been actively engaged over the past 11 years in an education consultancy that aims to mentor students to find the right educational outcome for them. She has also chaired a charity committee that was involved with over 20 different charities. A firm believer that a solid education combined with strong support for mental health and wellbeing are the key to most children's success, Iandra has been involved with school mentoring and has an advisory role in the reform of a school in Mexico City.

Claire Edis (Principal)

Ms Edis has been the Principal at Bolingbroke Academy since inception to present day. Since 2012 Ms Edis has worked closely with the founding parents to ensure their vision becomes a reality. We are a courageous, compassionate community – empowering excellence. Ms Edis’s exceptional leadership and passion for social justice have been praised by Ofsted and Challenge Partners. In 2020 through the Covid-19 pandemic the Academy flipped to distance learning via Microsoft Teams, achieving 95% engagement from pupils and parents: 75% higher than the state school average.


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.  

The Register of Interests 2022-23 for Governors and the Attendance Information 2021-22 can be found here:

PDF iconArk Bolingbroke Academy - Governor Register of Interests 2022-23.pdf

PDF iconArk Bolingbroke Academy LGB Attendance Log 2021-22.pdf