Diocese of Portsmouth

    Chair of Governors

    Ark Charter Academy Hyde Park Road Southsea Portsmouth PO5 4HL
    023 9282 4204
    26 Apr 2024, noon

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    This is an exciting time to join us as Chair of Governors on the local governing body for Ark Charter Academy, Portsmouth. You will join a close-knit community of enthusiastic governors, teachers, senior leaders, pupils and parents, with guidance and support from the central team of experts at Ark Schools.

    The Chair must provide the local governing body with a clear lead and direction, ensuring that the governors work as an effective team and understand their own roles. The ideal candidate will have some experience in school governance (although this is not essential), or alternatively will have demonstrated leadership skills in a board or committee setting. The Chair will:

    • demonstrate alignment to the mission and values of Ark Charter Academy, where Christian values guide the culture and ethos;
    • work closely with the Regional Director and Principal to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement by offering support, challenge and encouragement;
    • ensure that the local governing body monitors the delivery of the vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school;
    • utilise your personal and professional skills, experience and knowledge to lead the local governing body ensuring considered and sound discussions are held;
    • delegate tasks across the local governing body so that all members contribute, and feel that their individual skills, knowledge and experience are well-used and that the overall workload is shared;
    • ensure that the local governing body monitors and reviews the financial performance of the school and effective use of the school’s resources;
    • support the vision and ethos of Ark Schools and work collaboratively
    • approach the role within the delegated responsibilities as outlined in Ark’s Decision Making Framework

    As well as an interest in and commitment to the education sector we are seeking the following personal attributes:

    • An engaging style, providing ideas and solutions
    • A willingness to commit the required time and effort
    • Team focused with strong leadership skills
    • High levels of integrity
    • An ability to challenge appropriately

    As well as an interest in and commitment to the education sector we are seeking the following personal attributes:

    As Chair you should expect to commit up to two days per month to the role in term time but this is not necessarily time in school.

    How to apply

    We want our local governing body to include members with a broad range of experience, backgrounds and skills that not only reflect the community we serve but contribute to our long term goals and add real value to our strategic decision making. We welcome applications from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds and all appointments are made on merit following a fair and transparent process.

    If you would like a confidential, informal discussion about the role please contact Louise Garcia or Valerie Oldland.

    If you would like to be considered for the position please send an up to date CV with a covering letter explaining why you believe you would be suitable for the role to Louise Garcia.

    • The closing date for applications is Friday 26th April 2024 and interviews will be held in May.

    It is anticipated that the successful candidate will be appointed as Chair with effect from September 2024.

    All Ark Chairs and governors are required to adhere to the Ark governors’ Code of Conduct, undergo an enhanced disclosure DBS check and make an annual Declaration of Interest. This may require you to withdraw from specific discussions where you, a partner or close relative or associate stands to gain or where you are so close to a matter being discussed that it will be difficult for you to be impartial.