Welcome from the Chair of Governors

Dear Parents,

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

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 is Headteacher of St. Bede’s RC High School which was judged ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ features in its last Ofsted. Since 2009 he has played a leading role as Chair of the EIP, which enables schools to work in partnership to raise achievement across the borough. Des is also Chair of the Education Partnership Multi-Academy Trust which successfully opened an Alternative Provision Free School in September 2013. He is member of the Schools Forum and a Head Teacher Associate for the Catholic Diocese of Salford. Des also works as a management consultant in 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.

Andrea Hepplestone
Andrea is the Strategic Partnership Director for Tauheedul Education Trust. She has a proven track record of school improvement and provides support for schools in challenging circumstances: in the last five years she has supported both junior and high schools in Special Measures and a National Challenge schools in Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool. In addition, she supports the Trust’s own free schools. Andrea has extensive knowledge and experience of the Ofsted Framework and has worked closely with HMI as part of the inspection process.  Prior to working for Tauheedul, she worked for National Strategies locally as a consultant and also as a Regional Adviser at national level in the Closing the Gaps team.

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 Assistant Manager working for the Education Partnership Trust specializing in HR and Governance in schools. Nicola has worked within the education sector for over 13 years and has significant knowledge and experience of working with schools, associate 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 has associated professional qualifications.


Statutory Information

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