Local Governing Body

Steve Wilson – Chair of Governors – Student Voice Governor

Steve is Chair of Governor on the Board of The Heights Burnley. He served as Headteacher of Pendle Vale College in Nelson for fourteen years, retiring at the end of August 2020. At the time of retirement Pendle Vale College was judged to be ‘Good’ by Ofsted and was, arguably, the best performing school in Pendle and routinely oversubscribed. Steve also taught for 13 years at Colne Primet High School (13 years, 12 as Head of Maths and two as Assistant Headteacher), the former Mansfield High School in Brierfield (6 years, 5 as Deputy Headteacher and 1 as Acting Headteacher).

He is also a Trustee for The Pennine Trust and Chair of Dementia Positive Pendle. This is keeping him busy in retirement as well being a Grandfather to two Granddaughters, trying to improve his golf and getting away in his motorhome with his wife as often as possible.

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 – Governor

Karen Stracey – Governor

Sophie Gooding – 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.

Local Governing Body Information

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

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Susannah Berry, Headteacher