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. 

With best wishes,

Sharon Roscoe 
Chair of Governors



Sharon Roscoe – Chair of Governors 

As Chief Executive of the EPT, Sharon project managed the successful opening of The Heights Blackburn, Eden School and The Heights Burnley. She led the academy conversions for Coal Clough Academy and Pleckgate High School and more recently the re-brokerage and transfer of Atherton High School and Burnley High School into the EPT. Sharon was formerly chief executive of the Education Improvement Partnership (EIP), a formal collaboration between all secondary phase schools in Blackburn with Darwen which raised educational outcomes, developed business links and delivered national education conferences. She was Vice Chair of the governing body for a primary school which was judged as outstanding by Ofsted. Sharon worked as Strategic Manager (Operations) for CXL and Area Manager for Connexions Lancashire Ltd. She graduated as MBA in 2011 from Lancaster University.

Kirsten Ashcroft – Governor

Kirsten is an SEN Recruitment Consultant for Teaching Personnel, prior to this she worked as an SEN Teaching Assistant at Newfield School in Blackburn and as a Autism 1:1 Support Assistant at Burscough Priory Science College. Kirsten found her passion for working in the SEN sector when she worked as a Residential Support Worker in Canada where she specifically worked with children who had Neurological Difficulties and SEMH Difficulties. Kirsten hopes her background in SEN and SEMH plus her SEN recruitment knowledge will be beneficial for the School”

Matthew O’Boyle – Governor 

Matthew is a Company Director and Laser Therapist, helping patients suffering with a wide range of musculoskeletal issues. Prior to this, Matthew was an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for safeguarding and pastoral aspects of school life, having taught a wide range of subjects during his time as a teacher. Despite no longer working full-time in education, Matthew retains a strong desire to help young people achieve the best outcomes through education, which is why he became a member of the Governing Body.

Ross Doohan –  Staff Governor

Ross is the Staff Governor at The Heights, he joined the team in September 2018. Ross’ primary role is the schools Careers Advisor and working on the Pastoral Team, supporting pupils with challenging behaviour and working with them to make sure they are safe and happy in school. Prior to this Ross worked as a Training and Development Manager for a Fast Food company. Ross has also worked in various education roles including work as a Teaching Assistant, Behaviour Support and as Pastoral Lead working with Year 10 Students. Ross’ work means he works with the wider school community, including parents, school leadership and other schools. Ross is a qualified Designated Safeguarding Lead (Level 5) and has recently trained as Youth Mental Health First Aider. He is currently working towards his Level 6 in Careers Leadership and Guidance.

Miriam Rathore – Governor

Miriam has been a Pastoral Manager since 2005 at Blakewater College and now Blackburn Central High School where she has taken on extra responsibilities and is now Community Lead for the school, she is also Secondary School Lead for Cultural Connections, promoting young people’s interest in arts and creativity.

Miriam works closely with primary schools across Blackburn with Darwen to support students through the transition process between primary and high school. Miriam actively promotes the profile of the school to involve students with local charities and communities, significantly contributing to awards such as ‘School of Sanctuary’ status and is currently working towards a Rainbow Flag Award to support LGBTQI staff and students in the school community.

Miriam’s commitment to education is shown through her enthusiasm to take on additional responsibilities, working with disadvantaged students and giving them the best opportunities possible to raise their self-esteem and self-confidence, ultimately leading to raising their own personal aspirations this is a part of her work she really enjoys. Miriam is impressed with the levels of time, commitment and care shown to the students at The Heights Blackburn by all the staff and looks forward to contributing to the school in her role as a Governor.

Steven Taylor – Governor

In the last 10 years Steven has worked for one of the world’s largest leisure companies ‘Carnival UK’ and has been responsible for building successful sales teams and forging new partnerships, he has loved the diversity and opportunity this has presented. Having been charged with large scale commercial growth in a fast paced environment Steven has been at the forefront of delivering several new initiatives including the delivery of 2 new cruise ships dedicated to the British market.

Steven holds a degree in Business Management, a Higher National Diploma in Leisure Management and has always been passionate about the pursuit of education irrespective of age or experience. Steven is passionate about education having placed himself through university and two subsequent graduations, he hopes to be able to apply some of these skills and lessons learned to help strengthen the ties between the school and local communities and help facilitate the very best possible education for children in as safe, encouraging and inspiring a manner as possible.

Statutory Information

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