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,

Nicola McGonagle 
Chair of Governors



Nicola McGonagle

Nicola is a HR Operations Manager specialising in Human Resources and Governance in schools and has worked within the education sector for over 15 years and is CIPD qualified to Level 7. Nicola is also Vice Chair of Governors at a primary school in Rishton. She obtained her degree in HR and Business Administration at Keele University and has significant knowledge and experience of working with schools, and associated legislation and policy. Nicola is currently participating in the DfE Governor Development Programme, through the National College for Teaching and Learning and is passionate around every child being given the same opportunities to an inclusive and wide ranging education, and for our children to be happy, confident and to become the very best they can be.

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.

Kirsten Ashcroft 

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

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.

Statutory Information

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