Welcome to our Governing Body section of the website.  This is where you can find out more about school governance, the role of school Governors, and the work that we do.

The purpose of the school Governing Body is to ensure high standards of educational achievement.  Its core functions are:-

Maintaining clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction: setting a long term vision, agreeing strategic priorities, aims and objectives for the school.

Holding the Headteacher to account: questioning, supporting and strengthening the school leadership (but with no direct involvement in operational matters).

Overseeing financial performance: making sure the school’s money is spent well and ensuring that resources are allocated in line with strategic priorities.

The Governing body works as a team and acts with integrity, objectivity and honesty in the best interests of the children in our school.  The Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team run the school on a day to day basis, but the Governors provide support, assistance and challenge, acting as a “critical friend” to ensure that the school continues to maintain and improve high standards in everything it does.

The full Governing Body meets at least three times per year.  We also have the following Committees:-

Standards and Effectiveness Committee (SEC)
This Committee is responsible for ensuring that our curriculum fully meets the needs of the children in school and that all children, regardless of ability or background are given a chance to reach their full potential.  The SEC Committee is responsible for ensuring that the school follows the National and School Curriculum, that academic and behaviour standards are met and improved, that target setting, mentoring, monitoring and evaluation takes place, that policies delegated to the Committee by the Governing Body are developed and reviewed.  The SEC Committee meets three times per year.

Finance and Resource Committee
This Committee reviews and agrees the schools proposal for the budget, review the school fund account and reviews and keeps track of expenditure.  The Committee oversees the use of premises, grounds and facilities and monitors efficient use of utilities.  Health and Safety also falls within this remit.  The Committee also reviews those policies delegated to the Committee by the Governing Body to ensure that they are developed and reviewed at regular intervals.    The Finance and Resource Committee meets three times per year.


Our Governors and history can be found on the website by following the following link: 

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Contact the Chair of Governors by email –

Rachel Younger
Chair of Governors

Appointed by GB/board


Sharon Taylor
Parent Governor

Appointed by GB/board


Paul Leaper
Head Teacher

Ex-officio by virtue of office



Lyn Preston
Co-opted Governor

Appointed by GB/board


Jacq Power
Parent Governor

Appointed by GB/board


Peter Bradbury
Vice Chair/Co-opted Governor

Appointed by GB/board


Lois Briers
Parent Governor

Appointed ny GB/board


Alison Pettitt
Staff Governor

Nominated by other body & appointed by GB


Nicholas Grigsby
Local Authority Governor

Appointed by LA


Francine Davis

Appointed by GB/board



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Hillside Specialist School and College

Ribchester Road, Longridge,
Preston, Lancashire, PR3 3XB

Liz Ascroft, School Business Manager

T| 01772 782205


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