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: Chair@penkethhigh.org
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: Clerk@penkethhigh.org 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.
Our Current Governors (as at 1 January 2021):
|Name||Type||Appointed by||Term of Office Ends|
|Lacy Muir (Chair)||Parent||Elected by Parents||31 March 2021|
|Leanne Keavey (Vice Chair)||Parent||Elected by Parents||13 November 2022|
|Vicky Scott (Vice Chair)||Parent||Elected by Parents||15 July 2023|
|John Carlin||Principal||Ex-officio by virtue of office as Principal||Ongoing|
|Adam McMillan||Associate||Ex-officio by virtue of office as Vice Principal||31 August 2022|
|Claire Lomax||Associate||Ex-officio by virtue of office as Vice Principal||31 August 2023|
|Vicky Briggs||Elected by school staff||Appointed by academy members||07 December 2023|
|Moira Bryan||Community||Appointed by GB/board||31 December 2023|
|Claire Cooper||Staff||Elected by school staff||31 December 2023|
|Linda Murdoch||Community||Appointed by GB/board||31 August 2022|
|Steven Pennington||Community||Appointed by GB/board||17 November 2024|
|Susan Ross||Staff||Elected by school staff||31 August 2021|