Local Governing Body

Sharon Roscoe – Chair of Governors

Sharon has worked as a MAT CEO for over 10 years with extensive governance experience having served as a governor and chair of governors for primary, secondary, alternative provision and special school governing bodies. She graduated as MBA in 2011 from Lancaster University. Sharon led the successful re-brokerage and transfer of Atherton High School and Burnley High School into the EPT in 2020. She is a member of the Department for Education Alternative Provision Stakeholder group which advises government and shapes policy.

Abrar Azam – Behaviour Governor

Abrar is an experienced IT Project and Programme Manager with a strong record of delivery for major clients in the public and private sectors. His experience spans across nearly 20 years during which time he has delivered numerous critical technology and business solutions for clients. Abrar holds a BSc Honours degree in Information Systems Engineering. He is enthused to apply his knowledge and skills to support strong school governance allowing pupils to develop and achieve their potential.

Kathryn Arnott-Gent – Personal Development Governor

Kathryn is a university graduate and qualified lecturer, having studied BA (Hons) Social Care (Children & Families) at the University of Manchester and the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) at Bolton University. Kathryn has a wealth of practice experience working predominantly with vulnerable young people, spanning over 25 years, in both Public Services, Social Care and latterly education. Her current position is that of North Coordinator for the Alcohol Education Trust.  A varied role where she has the responsibility of ensuring that all the schools and youth organisations across the North of England have adequate alcohol education available within their organisation or within their PSHE curriculum, Kathryn ensures that staff feel confident by delivering training around the resources. In addition to her role with the Alcohol Education Trust, Kathryn is also a part time lecturer delivering a variety of social care courses around substance misuse and mental health predominantly in the community for vulnerable students, many of whom have not been in the education system for a number of years.

Emily Elliott – Behaviour Governor

Emily is an experienced Primary Teacher with a Project Management qualification that has enabled her to deliver educational programmes both inside and outside of school to improve educational outcomes and provide opportunities for children and young people from a whole host of educational settings including Primary, Secondary, Further Education and Apprenticeship level students. As a Governance Manager in the education sector, she strongly believes that regardless of the role in education every individual has an impact on pupils lives and the ability to make a conscious difference to their education and life experiences. In managing Governance at a strategic and operational level for a large Multi-Academy Trust, she is looking forward to offering educational governance knowledge and skills to The Heights Burnley.

Stuart Cadman – Careers / Curriculum 9-11 Governor

Karen Stracey – Finance / Curriculum Respite Governor

Karen is an experienced assistant headteacher at a local special school. She has a degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Inclusion and SEN. Prior to teaching she worked in the retail banking sector as a manager. She is passionate about all children achieving their potential and breaking down barriers to success. Karen has a wealth of experience with children with special needs and is looking forward to using this knowledge to support The Heights Burnley

Sophie Gooding – Safeguarding / SEND Governor

Sophie has 15 years teaching experience and has been the Deputy Head and SENDCo at Eden School, Blackburn for 3 years. Before this, she spent 12 years as a Primary school teacher and SENDCo working in both KS1 and KS2. Sophie has extensive knowledge of improving outcomes for children with SEND, including time spent as a member of the BwD EHCp panel. She is committed to ensuring all pupils have access to an enriched curriculum and the opportunities to reach their aspirations.

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Chair of Governors contact details
Name: Sharon Roscoe
Address: Education Partnership Trust, Pleckgate Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 8QA

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