Governing Body

The Local Governing Body (LGB) has 13 members and there are 6 meetings a year, one per half term. In addition, there are 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.

Governors do not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school instead supporting and challenging the school’s leadership team to drive school improvement. Being a school governor is a commitment and a responsibility but offers the opportunity to see first-hand the impact that can be made in improving education for children in the community.

Their role also includes the oversight of activities in the school and several governors act as ‘Link Governors’ to gain specific knowledge in different areas such as Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs etc to keep the Governing Body informed more closely about what is happening in that area.

Minutes of the governor’s meetings are in the school for those wishing to read them. Governors work within the framework provided by the Government and The Challenge Academy Trust 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 Moira Bryan the Chair of Governors by e-mail at: or via postal address: Chair of Governors, C/O Penketh High School, Heath Road, Penketh, Warrington. WA5 2BY.

The Clerk to Governors is Debbie Walsh who is employed through the Entrust Clerking Service and is independent from the school. You can contact her by writing to her at the school or by e-mail at:

We became part of The Challenge Academy Trust (TCAT) on the 1st May 2017 along with a number of 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 and are in four different categories that include Parents, Staff, Community and Trust Appointed members.

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


To view the Penketh High School funding agreement click here

Register of Governors Interests

Governor Meetings 2021-2022

Governor Meetings 2022-2023

Governor Meetings 2023-2024

TCAT – Governance Arrangements for the MAT

Our Current Governors:

NameTypeAppointed byTerm of Office StartsTerm of Office Ends
Vicky Scott (Vice Chair)Co-opted GovernorGovernors12th July 202311th July 2027
John CarlinPrincipalPrincipal1st September 2017Ongoing
Dayna RobinsonStaffStaff25th March 202224th March 2026
Claire CooperStaffStaff24th January 202423rd January 2028
Steven PenningtonCommunityGovernors9th November 20208th November 2024
Linda MurdochCommunityGovernors28th September 202227th September 2026
Moira Bryan (Chair)Co-optedGovernors18th October 202317th October 2027
Leanne KeaveyCommunityGovernors20th July 202119th July 2025
Jack PenningtonCommunityGovernors29th March 202328th March 2027
Michael NgCommunityGovernors29th March 202328th March 2027
Thomas Hobson Co-optedGovernors29th March 202328th March 2027
Hayley McKenzieParentParents18th October 202317th October 2027
Stephen GriffithsParentParents18th October 202317th October 2027