We became part of The Challenge Academy Trust (TCAT) on the 1st of May 2017 along with a number of schools from across Warrington and are now led by Matthew Grant CEO with a TCAT Board of Trustees and our Governing Body at a local level in the school.

Governors are ultimately responsible for how the school is performing. The Governing Body, either elected or appointed, are in four different categories that include Parents, Staff , Foundation and Co-opted governors.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one with three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils 
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

The Governing Body has 12 members and they meet at least once each term. There are standing committees for; Finance, HR & Operations, Quality & Standards and Ethos & Community. In addition committees consider Pay, Discipline and Admissions on an ongoing basis. Members of the Governing Body are from all walks of life and bring knowledge and experience which prove invaluable in the governing of the school.

A Governors’ role is as a ‘critical friend’ to the school. They do not manage the school on a day to day basis but work as a group to guide and approve plans from the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team. They often provide valuable insights, or work as a sounding board for ideas and plans, to maintain and enhance the provision of education at Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School.

Their role also includes the oversight of activities in the school and several governors act as ‘Lead governors’ to gain specific knowledge in an area of the curriculum to keep the Governing Body informed more closely about what is happening in that area.


Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School by STB