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25th March 2020
Please click here for our most recent letter to parents and carers dated 25th March 2020.
We all have our part to play in helping to stop the spread of Coronavirus. This means we must stay at home to protect the NHS and help save lives.
Community Classrooms for vulnerable students and key workers’ children
Parents should keep children at home wherever possible and thanks to everyone across our community who has followed that advice. The fewer children making the journey to school and the fewer children in our Community Classrooms, the lower the risk of the virus spreading.
The purpose of our Community Classroom is to provide care for the children of key workers and children who are vulnerable. Only children in these categories can attend. Information on the list of key workers is here.
Any parents who meet the criteria and who want their children to attend the Community Classroom must let us know, giving details, otherwise we cannot guarantee places.
We will ask parents on a weekly basis to re-confirm if they want to continue using the Community Classroom in school.
We are working to maintain as much stability for the students’ education as possible. Whilst it is not possible to fully replicate the educational experience at home, we are putting in place plans to make sure students can still access work and teachers are able to support their learning. Learning resources for each year group have been posted on our website https://charteracademy.org.uk/home-learning-1 and you and your children can email our staff for support. Staff email addresses can be found https://charteracademy.org.uk/staff
We will update this page and keep in touch with parents and students via our website, texts and letters.
Please continue to follow health guidance.
Thank you to everyone for your understanding during these challenging times and a heartfelt thanks to our NHS and key workers who are working so hard to look after us all.
If you need to contact the school, please phone 02392824204 and leave a voicemail. Voicemails are being forwarded to the relevant member of staff. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAY HOME, PROTECT THE NHS, SAVE LIVES
This is an unsettling and disruptive time for everyone and we will work together as a school and local community to face the challenging times ahead. Thank you for your support and understanding during these exceptional circumstances. If we can do anything more to help your family, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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 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 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 Charter 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
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
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 clerk to the governors is Valerie Oldland (Valerie.Oldland@arkonline.org). If you are interested in becoming a governor, or have any governance related queries, please contact Valerie or visit www.arkschools.org/governance.
Charles Hindson (Chair)
Charles Hindson is an experienced school governor having supported Walworth Academy, another Ark network secondary school in South London, for 10 years, taking over as Chair of Charter governors from September 2019. Charles is active in education and business, currently as a trustee with Trinity College London, the international music and language examiner, and as a non-executive director with Diaceutics PLC, an AIM quoted company providing better insights for better treatment in personalised medicine.
John Belfrage (Finance 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.
Tian is a Widening Participation Manager with Higher Education, with a background in Careers Leadership and supporting disadvantaged and under-represented groups to access career and enrichment opportunities.
As the Deputy Headteacher of an Ark Primary School for three years, Sophie has a passion for ensuring all children receive a high standard of education, allowing them to go to University or into any career of their choice. Sophie attended Portsmouth University to study History and has always taught in Portsmouth Schools. She now wants to give something back to the community and believes that her skills and knowledge are of benefit to the Governing Board.
Kate Brady (SEND Link Governor)
Kate lives in Portsmouth and was educated at St Swithuns primary school & St Edmunds Secondary school. Kate wants to ensure young people are given the best opportunities available, to allow them to reach their potential. Kate is the Apprenticeship Officer for PCC and has worked successfully within a small team to increase the number of apprenticeships PCC offer. This involves, regular networking with a wide variety of groups, including ALPHI, Solent LEP, University of Portsmouth and an extensive number of local and national training providers and colleges. Portsmouth City Councils apprenticeship programme has grown year on year and Kate's extensive knowledge of apprenticeships and passion for the city is beneficial to Ark Charter.
Fiona Chapman (Executive Principal)
Fiona has enjoyed a diverse and far-reaching career in both worldwide shipping and following that education. Graduating from Nottingham University in 1995 she pursued a career in the City of London as a Marine Underwriter for a lead shipping syndicate at Lloyd’s of London. Following five engaging and fulfilling years in the corporate world teaching as a career refused to relinquish its hold! A career change was made to the education sector. Driven largely by a desire to challenge and change the status quo that exists in education for disadvantaged children Fiona’s career has been almost solely in demographic regions where need for teachers who are committed to raising standards / aspirations is highest. Despite a career break to adopt older children she has a sustained, proven track record, at all levels of implementing change, raising standards and invigorating outlooks for the most challenging schools. Fiona does not see socio-economic disadvantage as a barrier to achievement but rather seeks to ensure all pupils are encouraged to develop the skills of resilience, grit and determination to succeed.
Philippa is currently Deputy Headteacher (Inclusion) at Ark Ayrton Primary Academy.
She previously worked for Charter Academy in a variety of roles including Designated Safeguarding Lead, SENCO and Head of Science. Prior to teaching Philippa had a varied career including positions as a Non Executive Director for Portsmouth Hostipals NHS Trust, Manager of a Citizens Advice Bureau, a Justice of the Peace and a Toxicologist. Philippa is Church Warden at St Jude's Church and has previous experience as a school governor. Philippa's reasons for becoming a school governor are to help ensure the quality of education and support available to every pupil no matter what their background or circumstance.
Maia Gibbs (Ark Link Governor)
Julie has a wealth of experience working for and with global organisations, and for small business competing in global markets. An enquiring mind and lateral thinking contribute to the unexpected insights and creativity that are clearly demonstrated in both her career and personal life. Julie's adventurous spirit has taken her to the ends of the earth, from the North Pole to Antarctica, from Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar in Nepal, to Milford Sound in New Zealand. Her positive attitude and energy help make the possible deliverable with a belief in aim higher, we do not know what we can achieve until we try, or where we will end up until we step out.
Rev Annie McCabe is the Priest in charge at St Luke's Church next door to Charter Academy.
She is passionate about deepening links between the local community, church and school.
She was a community governor in her previous parish where she saw first hand the difference good governance can make in the life of the school. Her focus as a governor will be on developing the Christian ethos and spirituality at Charter to ensure the integrity of the SIAMS recommendations
Prior ot her ordination in 2012, Annie gained a wealth of senior management in education, marketing and public engagement working in both the corporate and not for profit sector.
David Medway (Staff teaching governor)
David has been working in the science department at Ark Charter Academy since April 2014 and previously taught in Warwickshire, Milton Keynes and Hamble. He has been governing at infant and primary schools near to his home since May 2016, participating in many governor training sessions and gaining experience as subcommittee chair for finances and vice chair of a governing body alongside mentoring new governors. Due to David's experience at Charter and passion for improving the lives of young people in Portsmouth, together with his experiences in primary school governance, he brings a useful perspective to the governing body and is well positioned to ensure that the governing body's strategic decisions are reflective of the ethos of the academy and the needs of all students so that their progress during their time in the academy can be maximised.
Emily Morey (Principal)
Emily is the Principal at Ark Charter Academy. Driven largely by a desire to challenge and change the status quo that exists in education for disadvantaged children Emily’s career has been almost solely in demographic regions where need for teachers who are committed to raising standards / aspirations is highest. Emily has been a consistent presence in the school for the past decade, progressing from Head of Department, through my roles within the Leadership Team and successfully met the challenges at each level, resulting in significant positive impact. Emily does not see socio-economic disadvantage as a barrier to achievement but rather seeks to ensure all pupils are encouraged to develop the skills of resilience, character and determination to succeed.
David has had a life-long and extremely varied career in the Royal Navy, however following extensive periods overseas he has always returned to Portsmouth, a city with which he has deep family ties. He is currently Commanding Officer of HMS BRISTOL, a Harbour Training Ship in Portsmouth Harbour.
He has always been passionate about youth development, both within the Royal Navy and across the education system and he has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Married to a teacher and with two children who are now pursuing their own careers, David now spends much of his spare time sailing and supporting several local youth sailing charities.
Bryan Stephenson (Safeguarding Link Governor)
I am currently training as an ordinand on the Portsmouth Pathway and am due to be ordained in June this year. I currently work for Portsmouth City Council in Adult Social Care, managing Adult Safeguarding and the Adult Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). I have been a qualified social worker for 16 years and have worked in children's services, mental health and substance misuse. I am also a Street Pastor in Portsmouth. In June I become a curate at St Luke's and I already help out in the prayer room and breakfast club at Charter Academy. I am passionate about helping young people reach their full potential and flourish regardless of their background and abilities.
Cllr Rob Wood (Local Authority Representative)
Cllr Wood has been a Portsmouth City Councillor since 2010 and was Cabinet Member for Children and Education 2011-14. He is currently a Party Spokesperson for Children and has a vested interest in improving education outcomes as both his grandchildren (and formerly children) attended local authority schools. Cllr Wood has contributed to the LGiU paper on the ‘Middle-Tier’ role in delivering Education and the LA’s role within this and has spoken at several national seminars on the subject of education. Prior to becoming a Councillor he spent many years in senior positions within the IT software industry, finally as a Director and Principal Technologist within a ‘Cloud Computing’ company where he currently independently consults and contract in this area as a CTO.
Cllr Wood is Chair of Trustees at Wymering Manor Trust and Vice Chair of Trustees for Portsmouth race equality network organisation (PRENO). He became a Governor at Charter because he 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 and to help to ensure that Portsmouth pupils to have the brightest future possible.
The register of interests and attendance for LGB governors can be found here: Attendance table 2018-19.docx
All appointments are made by the Ark Director of Governance. The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of their time in post.