Academy Committee

Parrs Wood High School’s Local Academy Committee (LAC) is represented by numerous members of the community. Governors are an important part of our school community and provide essential critical support.

They are responsible for raising standards through guidance and provide strategic direction. Governors are an important part of our school community, and provide essential critical support to the school.


Academy Committee

All positions appointed by the Board of Trustees.

Name Title Governor Type Appointed Office Ends Business and Pecuniary Interests
Emma McLaren Chair of Governors 04/09/23 04/09/27 No relevant interests to declare
David Midgeley Staff 20/10/22 20/10/26 No relevant interests to declare
Jason Dobson Co-opted 20/10/22 20/10/26 No relevant interests to declare
Francis Markus Co-opted 20/10/22 20/10/26 Stockport Youth Orchestra, Youth Music Ensemble, Trustee, 2021
Ruth Byrne Co-opted 20/10/22 20/10/26 No relevant interests to declare
Mark McElwee Headteacher 20/10/22 20/10/26
Catherine McCrohan Co-opted 20/10/22 20/10/26 No relevant interests to declare
Alia Ali-Beag Parent 20/10/22 20/10/26 Longsight Community Primary School, school governor, May 2015
Rachel Birks Appointed 20/10/22 20/10/26 Ward Hadaway LLP 2026, Didsbury Netball Club Law firm Sports club Partner Member Safeguarding Officer May 2016 May 2022
Emma Caulfield Co-opted 20/10/22 03/09/23 (date stepped down) Primary literacy consultancy, Literacy Focus Ltd Company Director, September 2010. Mustartd Tree Charity, Spouse is Trustees since 2018
Natalie Daniels Parent 20/10/22 10/04/23 (date stepped down) No relevant interests to declare
Sacha Gottlieb Community 20/10/22 15/02/24 (date stepped down) Kind David High School – Parent Governor – September 2009

The Greater Manchester Education Trust is committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all students, staff, parents and carers receiving services from the Trust, irrespective of race, gender, sexuality, disability, faith or religion or socio-economic background. We aim to recruit governors from diverse backgrounds in order to support our schools in the development of cohesive communities. We collect data to help us monitor the diversity of our Trust board and members as well as the membership of our local committees, however the data sample size is too small to publish without breaching personal privacy.


Academy Committee Meeting Documents and Minutes

In accordance with the Academy Trust Handbook, Greater Manchester Education Trust will make available for public inspection:

  • The agenda for every meeting of the academy committee and sub-committees
  • The approved minutes of each meeting
  • Any report, document or other paper considered at each meeting

For further information, please contact Greater Manchester Education Trust.

Committee Attendance at Meetings

Contact the Chair of Governors

If parents/carers wish to contact school governors, please route any enquiry or written correspondence (addressed private and confidential) to Mrs E. McLaren, Chair of Governors: e.mclaren@parrswood.manchester.sch.uk. Alternatively, email Ms E. Garry, Headteacher’s PA: admin@pwhs.co.uk

Quality Marks, Awards and Affiliations

We strive for excellence and are very proud of our achievements and affiliations.

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Greater Manchester Education Trust logo Chartered College of Teaching Institutional Member 2023/24 badge Cyber Essentials Certified logo
Ofsted Good Provider logo Leading Parent Partnership Award logo Music Mark logo The FA Charter Standard Schools logo Inspiring IAG logo School Games Gold logo Healthy Schools Manchester logo Speaker's Schools Council Awards logo Artsmark Gold Award logo