• Working Together To Make Everything Better
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About Our Headteacher and Chair of Governors

 

About Our Headteacher - Phill Arrowsmith 

Phill held a variety of jobs before deciding on a career in teaching. This decision came after spending a summer working with young people and realising just how much he was enjoying the ‘work’. Phill was determined to follow the words of the old saying – “Do a job that you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”. It would be wrong to say that a career in teaching has involved never working(!) but the principle of that saying is as true to Phill now as on his first day of teacher training.

 

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After taking a less-than-straightforward journey through his own education, Phill completed a BEd in Chemistry with Science from Liverpool John Moores University in 1998. It was a tough choice between Chemistry and Maths for Phill, although he explains his choice by saying “Chemistry is what I do, teaching is what I am.”

 

Phill’s first teaching post was in Broadgreen Community Comprehensive, where he took a keen interest in the Special Educational Needs department and, in particular, the base for students with hearing difficulties. After just one year of teaching, Phill turned down the offer of a Head of Science post at another school to stay at Broadgreen and continue his work with some of Liverpool’s most vulnerable students.

In 2001 Phill moved to Neston High School where, after just six weeks in post, he was promoted to Head of Alternative Curriculum. During an extremely successful time in this role Phill established individualised programmes of study and highly effective links with local colleges and businesses. The result of this was that every pupil who followed the alternative programme remained in education, employment or training upon leaving school at sixteen.

Phill later took up a position within the Science department as Head of Chemistry and Second in Science, overseeing a period of real success and development within the department which saw numbers of students studying A-level Chemistry more than double.

In 2005, Phill decided upon a change of emphasis in his career in order to reflect his interest in working with vulnerable students and families. He left his Science leadership roles to take up the position of Deputy Head of House; later becoming Head of Grenfell House.

After a long, varied and highly successful career at Neston, Phill left in October 2014 to take up the position of Assistant Headteacher / Head of Year at Wirral Hospitals' School. Phill quickly made his mark and was promoted, first to Acting Deputy Headteacher, then Acting Headteacher – filling the gap when the previous Headteacher was on phased retirement.

Phill began his first Headteacher position in September 2017 and is looking forward to building on the school’s previous strengths and taking it to the next level – Beyond Outstanding.

Phill is married, with two children and a dog, and spends his spare time on the golf course, walking the dog, in his caravan, walking the dog, following Everton, walking the dog, reading European crime novels and…walking the dog!

 

About our Chair of Governors - Maureen Bowsley

I was elected as Chair of Governors at Wirral Hospitals' School on 3rd October 2018, having been a governor for 8 years. During that time I have served as Chair of the Curriculum  Committee, SEN governor and Safeguarding governor.

I was originally co-opted on to the Governing Body because I was co-ordinating the Home Education Service for the Local Authority, which was under the management of the Headteacher of the Hospitals' School at that time. I retired from that post in October 2014. Before working solely in the Home Education Service, I worked within Wirral Hospitals' School.

I am delighted to have taken on the role of Chair following an enormously successful few years for the school, including our OUTSTANDING OFSTED AWARD in November 2014 and our Autism Accreditation Status, awarded in November 2017.

My experience in Home Education and with Joseph Paxton Campus has made me passionate about the need for Wirral Hospitals' School, so that all students have an opportunity to reach their potential. I am excited about the way in which I have seen the school move forward in its response to student need.

It remains for me to ensure that the very high standards that we have set for WHS continue over the coming years and that we all work together to obtain the best possible outcomes for all our young people.

 

Ofsted 2014: ' Governors are a highly skilled, committed, well informed and hold the school to account with the utmost rigour'.

 

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