Welcome from the Chair of Governors

Dear Parents,

On behalf of all the Governors, welcome to The Heights, Blackburn.

At The Heights governors, staff, parents and young people work as a team, building success, in an atmosphere of care where everyone feels valued.  We are immensely proud of the standards our pupils achieve across the curriculum.

The strong partnership, which already exists between the school, its partner schools and local community, underpins the ethos, which is so characteristic of The Heights Free School.  The change that many young people, from Primary age through to Year 11, undergo at The Heights is truly amazing.  This is due to the high expectations, hard work and relationship building of ALL the staff.  If you are, in any way in doubt, spend some time looking at all the amazing opportunities on offer to all the young people on the website.

As Governors we become involved with a variety of issues including finance, pupil welfare, public relations, building/grounds maintenance and staff appointments. However, without a doubt, we consider that our most important role is to monitor the welfare and education of the pupils.

Governors are appointed to ensure that objectives are met and that planning for the future is both visionary and realistic. We are here to support and encourage the Head of School and all school personnel so that children have access to an enriched education and the opportunities they deserve. 

I am available to parents for any matter relating to the school, once you have discussed it with the Headteacher. Parents and governors have key roles in helping The Heights to maintain high standards for all our young people both now, and for future generations.

With best wishes,

Des Callaghan
Chair of Governors



Des Callaghan (Chair)
Des has been the Headteacher of St. Bede’s RC High School since 2008. St Bede’s is a successful and oversubscribed 11-16 high school in the west of Blackburn. The school was judged ‘good’ in its last Ofsted and consistently achieves outcomes for its students which are significantly above the national average. He has played a key leadership role in Blackburn and Darwen having been the Chair of the Education Improvement Partnership (EIP) and a member of the Local Strategic Partnership Board which develops links between schools and business. Des has provided leadership support for other local schools as an executive headteacher. He a mentor for future leaders through the NPQH programme and the Diocese of Salford. He also has experience of management consultancy within the private sector.

Robert Arrowsmith
Robert is the father of two children, both of whom attend Blackburn with Darwen schools. He has extensive experience of working in education services in local authorities in London and in the North West. He has worked in Blackburn with Darwen for the past decade mainly on analysis of the progress made by children in schools. Robert has been a governor for three years.

Sharon Roscoe
Sharon is Chief Executive of the EPT and project managed the successful opening of The Heights Alternative Provision Free School and Eden School. She is Vice Chair of the governing body for St. Barnabas & St. Pauls’ CE Primary School. Sharon worked as Strategic Manager (Operations) for CXL and Area Manager for Connexions Lancashire Ltd. She graduated as MBA in 2011 from Lancaster University.

Nicola McGonagle
Nicola is HR Operations Manager working for the Education Partnership Trust specializing in HR and Governance in schools. Nicola has worked within the education sector for over 14 years and has significant knowledge and experience of working with schools, associated legislation and policy. Nicola is also a governor at a primary school in Rishton. She obtained her degree in HR and Business Administration at Keele University and is CIPD qualified to Level 7.

Lucy Houston
Lucy has been working at St Bede’s R C High School since September 2014. Lucy worked within the SEN department for three years, during her time as an SSA she obtained a Foundation Degree in Positive Practice with Children and Young People. In July 2017, Lucy became the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and is currently the acting Designated Safeguarding Lead for her school. She is fully trained in all aspects of safeguarding children and has experience of working alongside senior leaders, and a full range of stakeholders including children’s social care and the NHS.  Lucy is passionate about supporting children and young people so that they are safe, overcome the difficulties they face and fulfil their potential.

Statutory Information

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