Mike Fargher

Chair of Local Governing Body

My son has just started at Friars Academy.

I have had the privilege of being a School Governor for over twenty years and I currently Chair and Vice Chair at two local Academy schools. During this time, I have been a Governor at Infant, Junior and Secondary schools.

I have always specialised in special needs provision and so have built up a good knowledge of these additional needs. I would like to support the young people at Friars Academy using my skills and experience.

I have also worked with schools during challenging times as a Local Authority Appointed Governor to help them improve their provision.

Over the years I have learnt the importance of working well with the school’s Senior Team and listening to the views of both students and parents and making informed decisions as a result.

Over my time as a Governor I have seen many young people grow and develop into young adults able to engage and thrive in our ever-changing world. This inspires me to continue this work at Friars Academy.

We have an active family life and appreciate the benefits that sport and a healthy lifestyle offers, so I would be very supportive of Friars’ work in this area.

I have always been strong on young people benefiting from developing their whole person skills as well as their academic progress. This sets them up for life after school and prepares them for the outside world.

I hope to support Friars in this way and see more of our young people become successful young adults.

Roger Westcott


I am a retired research manager having worked at university, own start up company and in a multinational. I have been involved in a variety of plant-based projects including conservation of crop plants, aging and the modification of plant products using genetic modification.

I have lived in Wellingborough for over 30 years and am the father of two daughters and a son.

I started to be a governor of the shadow special schools body before the creation of Friars and Rowan Gate schools in the town and therefore have been on the governing body from the start of the school. Currently I am vice chair and hold the same position on the Wrenn governing body, where I have served for more than 20 years.

I have been a Borough councilor and have been an advisor at Nene Valley Citizens Advice for the past 10 years, specializing in employment, benefits and relationship problems.

I am particularly interested in safeguarding of students and personnel issues at schools.

Heather Morton


I am married with two grown up children and two young grand-daughters. I have lived in Northamptonshire for over 30 years, having moved from Leicestershire. I have taught French in several schools in East Northants and retired from Wollaston School around 4 years ago.

I have continued to take an interest in educational matters and welcomed the opportunity to join the governing body of the newly established Friars Academy.

Sarah Scarborough


I am a statistician by profession and have worked in a variety of industries and more recently as a freelance consultant for a number of High Street Banks and Building Societies.

I have lived in Wellingborough since 1987 and am married with two grown up daughters and a young grand-daughter.  During my daughters’ time at school I was actively engaged as a parent Governor and through the Friends of the Schools they attended.

I am particularly keen that all young adults are given the confidence and opportunity to realise their full potential and I strongly support the Academy’s ethos of Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day.  Having recently retired, I welcome the opportunity to get to know the Academy better and to fulfil the Governor’s role of providing challenge and support to the staff and to help them make a real difference to young people’s lives.

Elizabeth Jones

Staff Governor