Chair of Governors: Mrs Carol Rogers, MBE
Headteacher: Miss A Whelan
Clerk to Governors: Mrs K Draper

Governance at Weatherhead High School

The Peninsula Multi Academy Trust has overall responsibility for the school which is managed through the Academy Trust Board (ATB).

The ATB is responsible for overseeing the school’s vision and strategic direction, agreeing and approval of budgets alongside the implementation of key policies and monitoring of the school’s academic performance. You can find more details about the membership and structure of the ATB here:

Weatherhead High School also has a Local Governing Body (LGB) who is accountable to the ATB. The LGB members will work together with the Headteacher as a team and support the work of the school as a critical friend; to hold the school to account for the standards and quality of education it achieves.

The role of the LGB is to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement, monitor the school’s financial performance, review and approve a staffing structure and monitor the quality of curriculum provision within the school. The LGB will also review and agree any policies relating specifically to the school and has a responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff.

Local Governing Body Structure

Governor Name

Role / Type of Governor

Term of Office Expiry

Miss A Whelan

Headteacher, Ex-Officio

Mrs Carol Rogers, MBE

Chair, Partnership


Mr Mike Green

Vice Chair, Partnership


Mrs Alison Ryder-Jones

Co-opted, Chair of Risk & Audit Committee


Mrs Sarah Jackson

Co-opted, Chair of Curriculum Committee


Mrs Karen Hayes



Mrs Louise Harland-Davies



Mrs Deborah Rainbow-Sandham



Mrs Rosemary Littler



Ms Linda Paterson



Ms Nadya Thomas



Mrs K Coates

Staff – Teaching


Mrs E Owens

Staff – Teaching


Mrs R Jones

Staff – Support


Mrs K Draper


Further information about the roles and responsibilities of the LGB can be found within the links below.

Meet the Team

Carol Rogers MBE, Chair

Statutory Responsibility: Safeguarding and SEND

I am the Executive Director responsible for education, visitor engagement and community participation at National Museums Liverpool. My role guides a team of senior managers responsible for growing cultural engagement across the Liverpool city region. I maintain an extensive national and international network of education, museum, health and social care partnerships, providing learning opportunities for 850 regional schools; engagement with 3m plus museum visitors; and a far reaching community well-being and participation programme.  My connection with Weatherhead High School has been long standing; I have been a member of the governing body for more than 15 years. In October 2019, I was delighted to accept the opportunity to become the new Chair of Governors.




Michael Green, Vice Chair

I have been involved with Weatherhead since 2001 when I held the position of Project Manager responsible for the Construction of the new School and joined the governing body on completion in 2003. I have owned and managed RED Systems a Specialist Commercial Glazing company since 2003, manufacturing and installing glass facades on high rise buildings from our offices in Neston and London. I am currently studying for an MBA at Manchester Business School which I am due to complete in June 2020 and I am on the government advisory board for National Occupational Standards for Construction Senior Managers that provides the framework for NVQ delivery in the UK. The skills that I have learnt from industry have been utilised supporting the school in finance, building management and HR. Following the school’s transition from a local authority led operation to an autonomous business model I feel that my contribution is more relevant in these areas than in educational support and therefore I am a member of both the finance and premises committee and am delighted to have been appointed Vice Chair in October 2019. I look forward to being able to support Carol Rogers as Chair of Governors.


Alison Ryder-Jones, Co-Opted/Community Governor

I have been a governor since before Weatherhead became an academy, firstly as a parent governor and subsequently as a community governor. My working life was spent with HSBC as a branch and commercial manager. The latter role involved managing a portfolio of commercial business accounts, interpretation of financial data and the judicious lending of money to support business expansion. When I retired, I put myself forward as a governor in gratitude for the wonderful education that my daughter, who is now a primary school teacher, experienced. I sit on the Audit & Finance committees, participate in extra meetings as and when required and joined the Trust Board on formation of the Multi Academy Trust. I am pleased to play a small part in the progress and achievement of our innovative, forward thinking World Class School.



Karen Hayes, Co-Opted/Community Governor

I live locally to Weatherhead and I have been a governor at the school for around 12 years. For four years (2007 – 2011) I was a councillor at Wirral Council, serving on the Children’s Services committee. I am currently dispatch manager in Premier Foods Moreton. I will continue to champion Weatherhead in our local community.





Louise Harland-Davies, Co-Opted/Community Governor

I have previously completed a term as a parent governor and have been a member of Weatherhead PTF for eight years, when a group of like-minded parents came together to plan fundraising activities for the school including the increasingly successful Christmas craft fair. I have worked as project and engagement manager in the private, public and voluntary sector for the last 20 years working with a diverse mix of communities in Wirral and Liverpool and am currently working as a Business Engagement Coordinator at Wirral Chamber of Commerce. As a parent of two daughters who have both been educated at Weatherhead, I recognise that every young person’s journey is different. As a co-opted governor I want to ensure that the right support and services are in place to help every young person who studies at our school and helps them to navigate the path that is right for them. Having just studied for and successfully gained a HR Management Certificate at Wirral Met College it just shows you never stop learning!


Sarah Jackson, Co-Opted/Community Governor

I have been a Governor at Weatherhead since 2015, initially as a Parent Governor and now as a co-opted Governor. I have been involved in education for 30 years, as a primary teacher and then since 2000, as a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University. In 2019 I became the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Primary Education QTS programme and more recently I was appointed acting Head of Primary Programmes. As a result, I hope I bring experience and knowledge of the education system to the Governing body, particularly as Chair of the Curriculum Committee. I also sit on the Staffing and Risk and Audit Committees. Young people are the future and we are in a privileged position to educate, nurture and inspire them to make the most out of their lives. Weatherhead is a school that not only provides an outstanding education, but one that also offers so many extra opportunities to ensure that all young people can thrive and reach their full potential. I am glad to be able to play a small part in this through my role as Governor.


Deborah Rainbow-Sandham, Parent Governor

Statutory Responsibility: Careers







Rosemary Littler, Co-opted/Community Governor

I am delighted to join the Governing Body of Weatherhead High School.  I have recently retired as headteacher of Liscard Primary School after an amazing 43-year career in education. Being a governor at Weatherhead will allow me the opportunity to stay in touch with education and share some of my knowledge and skills with the governing body. I will also take great delight in observing the development and progress of the students as they transition from primary school, particularly those I know from Liscard!

During my 14 years at Liscard I worked with some amazing parents, staff and children, overcoming many challenges and barriers to improve the school’s provision and outcomes for all children. This resulted in the school being judged outstanding by Ofsted and more recently gaining World Class School status. The past two years of Covid-19 have been incredibly challenging for young people. I am passionate about supporting children and families not just academically but emotionally and socially, providing access to services and agencies where necessary, ensuring all students thrive and succeed.

I have had the privilege of working with Weatherhead staff and students in the past and look forward to being part of Weatherhead’s very successful future.


Linda Paterson, Parent Governor

My Name is Linda Paterson and I am a single mother to a 13 year old daughter, who is educated at Weatherhead and who can’t wait to get there every day.  I also have a 10 year old son. We live local to Weatherhead. I have an extensive background in youth justice and worked for many years as part of the youth offending team and prison service. After becoming a parent, I decided I wanted a career change and something more fitting with family life and re-trained as a tutor. I currently work for Bee Wirral teaching cookery to individuals and in classes. Aside from that, I work tackling food poverty and food waste within the community. As part of my role at Bee Wirral, I am the community engagement lead. I am always out there in the community, talking to the young and old alike and showing them they have the power to make change for the positive in where they live.  I am very proud that both of my children fully support and even get involved, in what myself and the team tackle week in week out. I am also heavily involved in other community based organisations across the Wirral as a volunteer, and thoroughly enjoy engaging with the community, whether it’s helping in the form of signposting to the correct organisation, providing food assistance to anyone who needs it, ensuring the elderly and vulnerable in the area have a hot meal on the table and have everything they need, or being a listening ear to anyone who may need it.


Nadya Thomas, Parent Governor

I am an ex-student of Weatherhead High School and my daughter is currently a student. I am a coordinator in the NHS supporting patients who are receiving treatment for cancer. I was previously a primary school teacher and have always had a strong belief that schools help individuals fulfil their potential, not only academically but also through their entire well-being. I believe that Weatherhead High School achieve this exceptionally well and I am delighted to have the role of parent governor in order to support them to continue doing so.


Miss K Coates, Staff Governor (Teaching)

I am an ex-student of Weatherhead High School.  Following three years at university, I returned to Weatherhead as part of my PGCE qualification, during which time I was offered a position on the teaching staff.  I have worked at Weatherhead for roughly 25 years and I am now the Head of Biology and Assistant Curriculum Leader for Science, a job I enjoy immensely. As a governor, I was approached to consider applying for this role and I am now in my second term.  Through this role I have enjoyed seeing how the school will / has developed over the years and the role of the governing body in making this possible.




Mrs E Owens, Staff Governor (Teaching)

I have worked at Weatherhead for 10 years and I have been in my current role as Curriculum Leader of Modern Foreign Languages since 2014. This is my first term as a staff governor and I am delighted to have this opportunity. I am looking forward to contributing a staff viewpoint and perspective to the governing body discussions and I believe that my experience as a middle leader will allow me to contribute effectively to the governing body. I hope that in my role, I am able to play a small part in contributing to the further development of our wonderful school.




Mrs R Jones, Staff Governor (Support)

My role at Weatherhead is Wellbeing Coordinator and I work with students and their families on all aspects of mental and physical wellbeing. I have good relationships with a host of external agencies that we utilise in order to support students, such as CAMHS, Kooth and The Open Door Centre. My work as the Wellbeing Coordinator lends itself well to my role on the Governing Body, as it allows me to ensure that student wellbeing is a strategic priority for the school and that the Governing Body stays up to pace with agencies and support available.

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