Mrs Cattanach – Transition Manager
Hello. My name is Mrs Cattanach and I am privileged to welcome every student into our school from their Primary School. I have already visited the vast majority of you in your primary schools and am really looking forward to getting to know you better and helping you to settle in and make a great start at PGHS. I am proud to be part of a wonderful team of committed tutors who will help you to feel at home as quickly as possible.
As well as being the Transition Manager, I am also the Head of Music here at Penwortham Girls’ and love making music with pupils in school. I play the Euphonium and Piano and in my spare time you can find me out and about in Penwortham or in the kitchen baking cakes! I really enjoy decorating cakes for birthdays and other special occasions.
I hope you are going to be very happy here in your new school and will take every opportunity to get involved in school life!
Remember my motto:
Try your best in everything and be kind to others!
Mr Coogan – Head of Year 7
Hello. I’m Mr Coogan and I will be your Head of Year throughout your time at Penwortham Girls’ High School. It’s my role to look after every student in Year 7 and to make your time here as successful and enjoyable as possible. You’ll see me most mornings as you arrive at school, in your form room during registration and around the school, so feel free to say hello, ask me any questions or have a chat. I also teach Science so some of you will have me as a class teacher as well as Head of Year.
Outside of school I enjoy running and fishing. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and helping you settle in and thrive at Penwortham Girls’.
7G Form Tutor Mrs Little
Hi! My name is Mrs Little and I will be the form tutor for 7VLI. I teach music at PGHS and am involved in lots of the extra-curricular music activities in school such as the choir, orchestra, ukulele club and brass group. I really hope there are some keen singers amongst you as this is one of my favourite things to do and sometimes adult choirs ask me to sing for them in concerts. I play a brass instrument called a cornet and am also part of a brass band like Mrs Cattanach…. sometimes we are even in competitions against each other! I have a few cheeky pets at home including two rabbits, a cat and a fish – maybe some of you have funny stories about your pets? I also love reading, pottering in my garden, cycling with my kids when I am feeling energetic and working out what to cook with food that I get from my local community pantry which I helped to set up in lockdown.
I am really looking forward to hearing all about you and helping you as you start your journey here at PGHS.
7H Form Tutor Miss Lee
Hello, my name is Miss Lee and I am so excited to welcome you all to PGHS and help you settle into life at secondary school as your form tutor. I know the thought of starting secondary school can be daunting but this school is extremely welcoming, and I will help you settle in and support you every step of the way. As well as being a form tutor, I also teach geography here at PGHS and am really passionate about teaching students about this amazing planet we live on and the wonderful people we share it with. You’ll also catch me singing with the school choir on Monday lunchtimes which I love. Outside of school, you can find me walking my cute but naughty puppy Murphy, playing board games with my friends (and usually winning) and baking all manner of sweet treats inspired by what I see on the Great British Bake Off. I am really looking forward to welcoming you all to this wonderful school in September and getting to know you all better.
7J Form Tutor Mrs Phillips
Hello, my name is Mrs Phillips and I am looking forward to being a Year 7 form tutor in September! I am relatively new to the school too so I know it can take a while to get to know the new building and the school day routines, however I am confident that you will quickly settle in and I will be here to support you. As well as being your form tutor, I am also a maths teacher here at Penwortham Girls. I have been a maths teacher for 15 years and I love my job! I enjoy sharing in your successes particularly when you have those light bulb moments. Outside of school, I am a keen runner, enjoy spending time outside and am a Cub leader with my local Scout group. I look forward to welcoming you to our school, getting to know you all and helping you become fully involved in the life of the school.
7P Form Tutor Mrs Snowdon
Hello! My name is Mrs Snowdon and I am the Head of English at Penwortham Girls’ High School. As any English teacher will probably tell you, I love reading. My favourite children’s book is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett, but I also love Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I also love the theatre, especially musicals, my favourites being Billy Elliot and Wicked.
I am really looking forward to being a Year 7 form tutor. I know how excited and nervous you’ll be feeling, but you are going to love PGHS! I’ll be there every morning to make sure you are ‘set for success’ and ready to have a great day. If you do have any worries or problems, then you’ll always be able to speak to me on a morning, or you’ll find me in the English block where I am based throughout the day.
7S Form Tutor Mrs Bennett
Hello, my name is Mrs Bennett and I will be the form tutor for 7JBE. I am Head of the Creative Arts and Technology Faculty and teach Computing and Media here at PGHS. I love teaching students programming skills and seeing students understand how everyday electronic devices work and how games and apps are created. I know the thought of starting secondary school can be scary, but you will very quicky see that there is nothing to worry about. If you are worried, I am here to help you settle and with you every step of this new exciting journey in life. Outside of school, I enjoy travelling with my family, enjoy going to the gym and walking, my most recent adventure was completing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge for charity, walking 26 miles! I am really looking forward to welcoming you all to this amazing school, getting to know you and help you become fully involved in the school.