Governing Body

Governing body

The Governing Body has 18 members and they meet at least once each term. There are standing committees for; Finance, Premises, Curriculum & Progress, Climate for Learning & Safeguarding 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 Management 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 me Stephen Pennington 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 1st of May 2017 along with a number or schools from across Warrington and are now led by Matthew Grant CEO with a TCAT board and a Local Governing Body. Governors are ultimately responsible for how the school is performing. The Governing Body either elected or appointed are in three different categories that include Parents, Staff and Community governors.

The Principal of Penketh is now Mr John Carlin who has been appointed by TCAT. We would like to thank Mr Dunne for his time at Penketh and wish him well for the future.

The list of governors at September 1st 2018 is:-

Name Type Appointed by Term of office ends
Andrew Broadhurst Parent Parents 9th November 2020
Lacy Muir Parent Parents 3rd April 2021
Paul Hinds Parent Parents 4th November 2019
Parent Governor Vacancy Parent Parents
Parent Governor Vacancy Parent Parents
Parent Governor Vacancy Parent Parent
Liz Hutt Staff Staff 5th September 2020
Mel Jones Staff Staff 4th November 2019
John Carlin Principal Principal On going
Sue Lowe Staff Staff 1st September 2021
Linda Murdoch Community Governors 1st September 2021
Vicky Briggs Community Governors 7th December 2019
Tony Gibbs Community Governors 31st March 2021
John Holmes Community Governors 29th June 2020
Jan Costello Community Governors 29th June 2020
Vicky Calder Community Governors 29th June 2020
Stephen Pennington (Chair) Community Governors 9th November 2020
Judith Wright Associate Governors On going

Governing Body Documentation:

Governing Body Dates

Governors Terms of Reference