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.

Charter Academy is part of Ark - a leading education charity and one of the country's top-performing academy operators. Ark is non-denominatonal 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 Charter Academy (see below).

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

PDF iconMaster Funding Agreement

PDF iconAmendment and Restatement Agreement

Charter Academy Supplemental Funding Agreement

our local governing body

 Charter Academy’s LGB is made up as follows:

  • Six to twelve 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
  • Charter Academy Principal
  • One parent governor
  • One teaching staff governor
  • One non-teaching staff governor
  • One local authority representative from Portsmouth City Council
  • Two Diocesan representatives

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 clerk to the governors is Valerie Oldland ( 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 If you have any governance-related queries, please contact

current governors

 Clive Barnes (Principal)

The Ven Dr Joanne Grenfell (Chair)

I am the Archdeacon of Portsdown in the Diocese of Portsmouth and am responsible for assisting the Bishop in a range of mission, social, educational, and administrative areas of work. Previously I have been a Director of Ordinands (working with people exploring a vocation to ordained ministry) and Residentiary Canon in a Cathedral, as well as parish priest in inner city and outer housing estate parishes. I was a lecturer in English before ordination, and have published in a variety of areas, including sixteenth century literature, pastoral theology, and biblical commentary, as well as writing columns articles for the church press. I have previous experience as a school governor and chair of governors in Liverpool and Sheffield.

Bradley Albuery (Diocese Representative,Vice Chair and Safeguarding Link Governor)

Before becoming a Governor of Charter Academy, I was a Governor of St Luke's School. I am a Solicitor and Partner in Blake Lapthorn, specialising in the investigation and presentation of allegations of misconduct and lack of competence against individuals in the education, healthcare and accountancy sectors. I am a member of the PCC of St Peter's and St Luke's Church. I am married to a teacher and have two daughters at University.  My reason for becoming (and remaining) a Governor is to assist the School in ensuring all children, whatever their background and current circumstances, have access to a good education to help them reach their potential.

John Belfrage (Attendance Link Governor)

John has strong experience and understanding in many aspects relevant to running a school. He is passionate about giving back to the community and investing time and effort in the next generation. John's core skills are around understanding the human resource, financial or organisational needs of a businesses and providing guidance, and building/managing relationships to achieve desired goals.

John was driven to apply for a school governor post through a desire to support and assist teachers and pupils during increasingly challenging times, with issues including sex education, drugs & legal highs, social media and decreasing budgets. During his 10 years in recruitment, John has seen many school leavers and young people have not been equipped with the skills or aspirations required to find a successful career, John wants to change this and improve & create future opportunities.

Jenny Buckle (Ark Link Governor)

Jenny currently works for the Ark Network as a data analyst in the central team. Prior to that she worked for another academy trust and in a variety of roles in local authorities. She has a degree in politics and a post-graduate diploma in management. Jenny is passionate about using data to drive school improvement and being a governor allows her to support others in understanding and interpreting assessment, pastoral and operational data.

Richard Clarke (Parent Governor, Health & Safety Link Governor)

A nuclear engineer with the Royal Navy and submariner for over 25 years.  I am currently working in Navy Command HQ, Whale Island.  I am also a Cub Scout leader with the 1st Portsmouth Scout Group.  I have 4 children (aged from 22 to 11) and live in Southsea.  As a result of career moves, my children and I have experience of the different schooling systems from state primary and secondary to boarding all through schools.  My eldest children have been through 6th form / 6th form college and on to university and I now better understand the pressures on children moving from school to further and higher education; hopefully I will be able to bring some of this experience to the Charter Academy LGB.  I am passionate about education and believe that each child should be afforded the best environment and mentoring to allow them to reach their full potential despite any external disadvantages.  Becoming a Governor will allow me to repay some of the time to the education system and community that has seen my children succeed

Brian Hay (Diocese Representative & SEND Link Governor)

I served for 27 years as an education officer in the Royal Navy (1972 – 1999), involved in education and training of Naval personnel. As a school advisor for Portsmouth and Winchester Anglican Dioceses (1999-2009), I was involved with the education and governance of 150 church schools, mainly at primary level. I have been retired since 2009 but serving for the last four years as a foundation governor at an Anglican primary school and Charter Academy. I have always been interested in Education and as a Governor hope, with colleagues, to maintain the ethos and continue to improve the performance of schools.

Garland Jaskiewicz (Finance Link Governor)

Jazz has a background in education, business and academic finance and ‘big four’ accounting. He has been a qualified accountant for over 20 years and has contributed on Academy governing boards and audit committees. Jazz’s experience in the education sector has awakened a desire to give back to the community in a way which allows young people to achieve the best education possible by demanding ‘best value’ in the allocation of limited resources.

Colin Lewis

Currently holding the position of Behaviour Coordinator at Charter Academy, I have a passion for working with and improving the lives of young people. I have also worked in the private security industry for 15 years in tandem with being a Personal Physical Trainer and Construction Manager, and have a good knowledge of people and how to support them to achieve their full potential.

Emily Morey (teaching staff governor)

I am currently one of the staff governors and represent the teaching staff on the governing body.  My role, as AVP: Standards and Intervention, allows me to have an overview of all the pathways offered at KS4 as well as the progress of every single student in the academy. It is vital that I build and maintain good relationships with staff at different levels within the academy to ensure the best outcomes for students. My father was a governor at a local secondary school for over 15 years and has always emphasised the importance of the role of the governing body with regards to the successful leadership of a school. He also stressed how key it was that a governing body is well balanced and represents as many stakeholders of the school as possible. It is for these reasons that I wanted to become a governor particularly within Charter.

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 at Charter 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..




Governor Name Term Dates Gov type and Term Relevant declarations of interest Attendance 2015/16
Bradley Albuery 19/09/2009 Diocese
  1. Partner in Blake Morgan Solicitors
  2. Member of: Blake Morgan LLP; The Law Society; PCC of St Luke's Church

6 out of 6

John Belfrage 01/07/2015 Ark Nominated
  1. Employment  South West Trains, Internal Recruitment Team

4 out of 6

Richard Clarke 01/12/2013 Parent
  1. Non-profit membership:  Scout association leader and Associate Member of the Nuclear Institute (no direct / indirect interaction with Ark Schools)

3 of 4 (re appointed January 2016)

Joanne Grenfell 01/09/2014 Chair
  1. Employment: Archdeacon of Portsdown, Diocese of Portsmouth, CofE
  2. Non-Profit memberships: Board Member for: Portsmouth Council for Social Responsibility; The EC Roberts Centre; Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Board of Education; Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust

6 out of 6

Brian Hay 01/09/2009 Diocese         N/A

5 out of 6

Clive Barnes 01/09/2016 Principal


3 out of 6

Emily Morey 14/09/2012 Teaching Staff


5 out of 6

Edward Phillips 01/02/2015 Ark Nominated
  1. Employment: Social Entrepreneur, philanthropist
  2. Chairman & CEO Portsmouth Sail Training Trust
  3. Director: Council for Social Responsibility, Portsmouth Diocese
  4. Member:  Portsmouth Sail Training Trust; Church of England

1 out of 6 (resigned March 2106)

Catherine Pinder 01/01/2013 Ark Link


3 out of 6

Rob Wood 01/01/2013 Local Authority Rep
  1. Employment: IT Consultant / Contractor and City Councillor
  2. Director: Aquitaine House Management Company Ltd
  3. Trustee: Wymering Manor Trust; Trustee PRENO
  4. Local Authority Governor at Charter Academy and Ark Dickens School
  5. Various Portsmouth City Councillor Advisory / Committee Appointments (
  6. Local Executive Member Liberal Democrat Party
  7. Member Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors
  8. Ambassador: Shaping Portsmouth
  9. Memberships:  Council of Friends National Museum of Royal Navy & HMS Victory; Committee Friends of Old Portsmouth Association; Fundraising Committee New Theatre Royal
  10. Shareholding / investment: Aquitaine House Management Company Ltd
  11. Former LA Cabinet Member for Children and Education
    1. Current LA LibDem Spokesperson for Children and Education

5 out of 6

Michelle Soper-Dyer   Ark Appointed   2 of 3 (appointed March 2016)
Steve Hudsmith   Non-teaching staff   4 of 4 (appointed February 2016)

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