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 (Vice Chair)
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 currently the Outreach Manager at the University of Portsmouth - working with schools/colleges, young people in the community, to improve progression rates and access to higher education. He has a background in careers education and careers leadership - formally the Network Lead for Careers and Enrichment at Ark. TIan wanted to be a school governor at an Ark school as he believes in Ark's mission and values. And at Charter Academy specifically, to support the careers education and progression of young people in Portsmouth.
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.
Julie Jones (SEND/Finance 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.
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.
Ella Robertson Mckay (Safeguarding Link Governor)
Ella is the Managing Director of One Young World, a UK charity which serves as a global forum for young leaders. Ella oversees the annual One Young World Summit which has taken place in nine different cities across the world, from Bangkok to Bogota. Ella is the co-author of "How To Make A Difference" - the authoritative handbook to activism. Alongside this, Ella is the Co-Founder of the Sino-German Initiative, an investment vehicle with a charitable arm which aims to increase the business and cultural relationships between Germany and China. Ella read English Literature at Balliol College Oxford and began a law training contract with a Magic Circle firm before changing track and pursuing a career in the third sector. She was on the Scottish International Debating team and lives in Marylebone.
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)
Rob Wood, currrently Lord Mayor of Portsmouth (2020/21) was previously the Cabinet Member for Children and Families and as a strong family-oriented person, knows the importance of keeping our young people safe and wishes to ensure they have the best possible opportunity to develop to their full potential.
A Portsmouth City Councillor since 2010 and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Children and Education since 2011, he was Cabinet Member for Children and Education between 2011-14 and Chair of Governance and Audit in 2010. He has a vested interest in improving education outcomes, as both grandchildren (and children) attended local authority schools. He has contributed to the LGiU paper on the "Middle-Tier" role in delivering Education and the local authority's role within this and has chaired and spoken at several national seminars on the subject of Education.
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.
Fiona Chapman (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.
The meetings attendance for governors can be found here: Meetings-ArkCharterAcademy 2019-20.pdf
Governors Declarations of Interest can be found here: Charter - Governor Declarations of Interest 2020-21.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.