Eden SEMH School and The Heights Free School have one Local Governing Body.

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

Dear Parents,

On behalf of all the Governors, welcome to Eden School.

At Eden 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 Eden School.  The change that many young people, from Primary age through to Year 11, undergo at Eden 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 Headteacher 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 Eden 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 (Chair)

Robert Arrowsmith

Robert is the father of two children, both of whom attend Blackburn with Darwen schools. He has extensive experience of working in education services in local authorities in London and in the North West. He has worked in Blackburn with Darwen for the past decade mainly on analysis of the progress made by children in schools. Robert has been a governor for three years.

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.

Lucy Houston

Lucy has been working at St Bede’s R C High School since September 2014. Lucy worked within the SEN department for three years, during her time as an SSA she obtained a Foundation Degree in Positive Practice with Children and Young People. In July 2017, Lucy became the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and is currently the acting Designated Safeguarding Lead for her school. She is fully trained in all aspects of safeguarding children and has experience of working alongside senior leaders, and a full range of stakeholders including children’s social care and the NHS.  Lucy is passionate about supporting children and young people so that they are safe, overcome the difficulties they face and fulfil their potential.

Vannessa Knowles

Vannessa Knowles has 24 years teaching experience and has recently been appointed as Headteacher of St Edward’s Darwen, a good school with outstanding features with outstanding provision for pupil welfare.   She has worked as a member of SLT for over 15 years including deputy, at a local North West school praised for its progress and attainment  (top 2% of schools nationally – Nick Gibb Education Minister)

Melanie Thomas

Melanie is the Fundraising and Communication Coordinator at Blackburn Youth Zone, she has worked there for over 6 years. Melanie has worked in the voluntary, educational and public sector. She obtained a degree in Marketing Management at Manchester University in 2016. Melanie recently received the prestigious award for the ‘Rising Star’ at the Blackburn with Darwen Hive Awards. Melanie has a passion for cohesion, raising aspirations and improving health and wellbeing for the young people throughout Blackburn with Darwen.

Click the links below to download the following statutory information regarding our Governing Body: