It is a real honour to be Chair of Governors at The Grange Academy.I owe the school a great deal having completed all of my Primary, Secondary & Sixth Form education here, before completing a Geography degree at The University of Manchester, followed by a PGCE.I also have a daughter in Year 10 at the school.
My current role is Assistant Principal at Riverside College & Head of Cronton Sixth Form College, where I have worked for the past 11 years. Prior to this I worked at Runshaw College in Leyland as an A Level teacher, Pastoral Manager & Head of Curriculum.I am pleased that I can bring my comprehensive knowledge of the education sector to the Grange.
Mr Chris Inch
Vice Chair of Governors
I am originally from Liverpool but have lived in Runcorn for over 30 years now and I am currently serving as Vice Chair. I am a retired Chartered Accountant and worked worldwide in industry for a number of blue-chip companies, including Cadbury chocolate. I was a local councillor in Halton ten years ago and served as a parent Governor for a primary school in Moore. When I retired, I thought it would be an opportunity to, once again, serve my local area and hence I have been a Grange Governor for three years. I am also the treasurer for a local charity, Halton Community Transport, who provide subsidised bus services for Runcorn and Widnes disabled residents.
Mr Lee Barber
I was formerly the Principal of a 14-19 Studio School in Warrington, from pre-opening phase to Year 2 (before being recruited by UTC Warrington). I started my career as an ICT and PE teacher, then became Head of Department before progressing to Senior Leadership. I was previously Assistant Headteacher in an 11-19 school in Salford, specialising in IT and partnership work with industry.
I am a former commissioned RAF VR(T) Officer in my spare time with RAF Air Cadets as well as a Mountain Leader volunteer with Duke of Edinburgh award
I am also a keen mountaineer and cyclist; football coach and a dad to 2 children
Miss Eimear McGeough
I am originally from Ireland and moved to England to complete my PGCE at Hope University in 2016. I have worked at the Grange Academy since 2017 as a Music teacher and then as Head of Performing Arts since 2020. I have a BA Hons in Applied Music from Dundalk Institute of Technology. After completing my degree, I worked in America as a singing teacher for aspiring Broadway performers. I am passionate about providing our students with the best possible education so that each student can reach their true potential. I am committed to ensuring that each student and staff member feel supported at The Grange Academy.
Mr Ian Critchley
I am originally from St. Helens but have lived in Great Sankey, Warrington for over 10 years. I am proud to be the Principal at this wonderful school. Prior to my appointment as Principal I worked at Wade Deacon High School for 13 years and held numerous roles; latterly the role of Vice Principal. I am also the Vice Chair of the management committee at The Bridge School, the local Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) and Vice Chair of Governors at St. Philips Westbrook, where my children attend. Latterly I have become a Trustee of the UTC in Warrington. I have completed an MA in Educational Leadership, NPQH and I am a qualified SENDCo. I have a real passion for education and believe that every child should have the best teachers and opportunities, in a safe and secure environment, to enable them to reach their full potential.
Mrs Milissa Weston
I started at The Grange Academy as a recently qualified teacher in September 2018, taking on the role as Reception Teacher. Prior to this I worked at 2 schools in Liverpool where I was also a Reception Teacher. I graduated from Edge Hill University in 2017 after completing a degree in Early Years Education with QTS. I aspire to develop my Early Years Foundation Stage leadership skills and am passionate about ensuring The Grange is a positive and friendly environment for the staff and children. My ambition is to ensure every child entering our school has a settled start to school life, providing them with the skills and knowledge to flourish in a nurturing environment. I have recently acquired the role of staff governor which I am excited about as this will allow me to support the development of our school and the children.
Mrs Louise Downey
In September 2021, I joined the Governing Committee at The Grange Academy as a Parent Governor and my main link area is whole-school Reading. Alongside being a parent to a Primary student, I work in the Secondary Phase of The Grange Academy as our Resource Base Coordinator.
I have always been passionate about education and hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education and Special Educational Needs and Disability. I believe a governing role offers me the opportunity to make a further positive impact in a school that provides students with high quality education and works closely with our local community to generate the best possible outcomes for our students.
I feel privileged to sit on the Governing Committee thus enabling me to contribute to school’s continuous development and growth.