Governing Body

The Governing Body has 12 members and they meet at least once each term. There are standing committees for: Finance, Premises, Curriculum & Progress, Climate for Learning & Safeguarding. They all meet at least once per term and in addition committees to consider Pay, Personnel and Admissions on an ongoing basis. Members of the Governing Body are from all walks of life and bring knowledge and experience which prove invaluable in the governing of the school.


A Governors’ role is as a ‘critical friend’ to the school. They do not manage the school on a day to day basis, but work as a group to guide and approve plans from the Principal and Senior Leadership Team. They often provide valuable insights or work as a sounding board for ideas and plans, to maintain and enhance the provision of education at Penketh High School.


Their role also includes the oversight of activities in the school and several governors act as ‘Link governors’ to gain specific knowledge in an area of the curriculum to keep the Governing Body informed more closely about what is happening in that area.


Minutes of the governors meetings are in the school for those wishing to read them. Governors work within the framework provided by the Law on Governance and we follow those rules carefully. If you wish to contact any of the governors they can be contacted by mail or messages left at the school. Governors are there to also support parents but this should not be the first point of contact and if you wish to discuss things about your child please go through the correct procedure. You can contact Lacy Muir the Chair of Governors by e-mail at:


We employ a clerk separately from the school. The clerk is Mrs Irene Coates and she work for the governors so is independent of the school. You can contact her by writing to her at the school or by e-mail at: Irene does not work in the school full time.


We become part of The Challenge Academy Trust (TCAT) on the 1 May 2017 along with a number or schools from across Warrington. TCAT is now led by Andrew Moorcroft CEO with a TCAT board and a Local Governing Body. Governors are ultimately responsible for how the school is performing. The Governing Body are either elected or appointed are in three different categories that include Parents, Staff and Community governors.


The Principal of Penketh is Mr John Carlin who has been appointed by TCAT.


Please click here to view a register of Governors interests

Please click here to view attendance at governor meetings for 2018-19

Please click here to view Governance arrangements for the MAT (TCAT)


Our Current Governors (as at 1 January 2021):

NameTypeAppointed byTerm of Office Ends
Lacy Muir (Chair)ParentElected by Parents31 March 2021
Leanne Keavey (Vice Chair)ParentElected by Parents13 November 2022
Vicky Scott (Vice Chair)ParentElected by Parents15 July 2023
John CarlinPrincipalEx-officio by virtue of office as PrincipalOngoing
Adam McMillanAssociateEx-officio by virtue of office as Vice Principal31 August 2022
Claire LomaxAssociateEx-officio by virtue of office as Vice Principal31 August 2023
Vicky BriggsElected by school staffAppointed by academy members07 December 2023
Moira BryanCommunityAppointed by GB/board31 December 2023
Claire CooperStaffElected by school staff31 December 2023
Linda MurdochCommunityAppointed by GB/board31 August 2022
Steven PenningtonCommunityAppointed by GB/board17 November 2024
Susan RossStaffElected by school staff31 August 2021