Local Governing Body
Pete Baker – Chair of Governors – Safeguarding Governor
Pete Baker is one of the founders of Burnley High School. He leads a National Christian youth and schools charity called the Pais Movement which serves schools across the UK and across the world. He is also one of the leaders of Life Church in Lancashire. Life Church has been a key supporter of Burnley High School since the inception of the school. Pete has served on the Governing body of Burnley High for a number of years as well as contributing to school life. Pete and his wife live in East Lancashire with their two daughters and have a high commitment to serving the community, raising aspirations and trying to make a positive difference.
Sharon Roscoe – Governor
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 Burnley High School and more recently the re-brokerage and transfer of Burnley High School and Atherton 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.
Lizzie Ashworth – Curriculum Governor
Lizzie is a Science Specialist and has been a Science Teacher for over 15 years, she has worked with schools across Lancashire and Yorkshire and has an extensive knowledge of the curriculum. Lizzie is passionate about behaviour management and enjoys working with students with challenging behaviour to remove barriers and help them to reach their potential. Lizzie is looking forward to contributing to the governing body using her specialist subject knowledge and skills in psychology and nurture.
Chris Inckle – Parent Governor – Pupil Premium Governor
Chris is a Finance Business Partner for Star Academies, responsible for their Greater Manchester cluster of schools. He has over 10 years of experience working with all aspects of the business operations & finance elements of education whilst also serving as a governor at St Johns C of E Primary School, Cliviger and Coal Clough Academy. His day to day work involves being a member of the Senior Leadership Team at 2 cluster secondary schools and the main finance link to the Star Academies Central Office Team as well as providing active support to the cluster Local Governing Body.
Alex Fort – Staff Governor
Alex is Designated Safeguarding and Family Support Lead at Burnley High. She has over 15 years of experience working within a pastoral role. Her role in school allows her to work with both students and their families to ensure that all students are safe, happy and have the best possible outcomes.
John Williams – Staff Governor
Since qualifying as a teacher in 1999 John has taught physical education and maths. During this time John has taken on many roles such as SENCO, able and talented co-ordinator, assistant head of year, head of a summer school and chair of the Medway sports association. John has worked at Burnley High School since 2017, beginning as a supply teacher, and now coordinates the trainee and newly qualified teachers.
Christian Pountain – Governor
Born, brought up and educated in East Lancashire, Christian knows the local area well. He has upwards of 2 decades of experience teaching in mainstream secondary schools in Lancashire. He currently works as Head of RE and Director of Spirituality at St. Christopher’s C. E. High School in Accrington. Christian holds an MTh. (with Distinction) and an MSc. And is therefore well equipped to serve the pupils, parents and staff of Burnley HS across the breadth of the curriculum.