Governors and Trustees

As a non-maintained college we are required by the Department for Education to have a Governing Body.

The Governing Body of Ascent Specialist College works closely with the Trustees, Chief Executive Officer and the Senior Management Team to set the future direction for the college and decide how the budget should be spent.

Our governors make decisions, collectively, on matters such as performances targets, college policies and the college improvement plans.

Our Chair of Governors is Phil Round who can be contacted by post at the school address which is Wargrave House School & College, 449 Wargrave Road, Newton Le Willows, Merseyside, WA12 8RS.

Governors are committed volunteers who want to make a difference.

When do we meet?

The Governing Body meets once per term. Dates of the meetings for the current academic year are:

  • Monday – 25/09/23 – 10am
  • Monday – 13/11/23 – 10am
  • Monday – 04/03/24 – 10am
  • Monday – 24/06/24 – 10am


Our current governors are:

Phil Round - Community Governor/Chair

Phil Round

Liz Preston - Community Governor/Vice Chair

Liz Preston

Rachel Newman - Community Governor

Rachel Newman

Sharon Prendegast - Staff Governor

Sharon Prendegast

Courtney Shawcross - Student Governor

Courtney Shawcross

Owen Metcalfe - Student Governor

Owen Metcalfe – Class Representative LEAP 2 

Muir Miller - Trustee Governor

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