The Foundation Governors of Ormskirk School, also known as the Foundation Trustees, were instituted in 1612 to provide education for young people in the town. Initially the Foundation (a registered charity with the Charity Commission) related to Ormskirk Grammar School and when that school closed and merged with Cross Hall High School in 2001 the Foundation transferred to become the Foundation Trustees of Ormskirk School.

The Foundation Trustees are appointed from several bodies. West Lancashire Borough Council and several Parish Councils appoint members as do the local justices, the Peter Lathom Charity and Edge Hill University. The link with the initial trust is maintained by having the Earl of Stanley, Lord Derby as an ex-officio Foundation Trustee along with the vicar of Ormskirk Parish Church.

The Foundation Body has the function of providing the local children with the best possible education. It was in that clear knowledge that the Body took the brave and far-sighted decision in 2000 to reconstitute itself and to promote the fine new school that is now built and occupied on the former Cross Hall High School site.

The Foundation Body meets once per term and has two highly important jobs:

  1. It appoints five of the school’s Governing Body. Often these appointees will be Foundation Governors themselves but on occasion they have not been so.
  2. It takes strategic control of the management of the assets of the Trust. These assets have significantly appreciated since the Formation of Ormskirk School with the sale of the land on the former Grammar School site. The assets provide a substantial and regular source of income for the school which allows significant improvements to be made in departments around the school and allows the young people to apply for funding for expensive educational opportunities, such as foreign visits, that would otherwise be out of their reach.

The Foundation also donates the highly prized annual Foundation Governor awards for the students at the school who distinguish themselves each year, overcoming adversity and supporting others.

The Foundation Trustees celebrated their 400th anniversary on September 28th 2012. The occasion was marked by numerous events such as a gala dinner, a Founders’ Day concert with fireworks and a church service. The events allowed the Trustees to re-emphasise their relevance to the pupils, staff and parents at the school today.

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 Governor Biographies


rose halsallMrs R Halsall


Term of Office: 6th June 2015 - 5th June 2019

hilary rosbothamMrs Hilary Rosbotham

Vice Chair 

Peter Lathom's Charity

(Biography available in School Governor's section)

Term of Office: 18th August 2014 - 17th August 2018


rose halsallMrs Rose Halsall

Chair of Foundation Governors

I am a retired police officer but now part of my family's glass manufacturing business. I am currently studying Egyptology online at Exeter University and I co-ordinate a weekly hieroglyphs class.

I became involved in education in 1996 when I became a Parent Governor at Ormskirk Grammar School. I was involved in the formation of the new Ormskirk School, later becoming a co-opted governor. In 2008 I was then invited to join the Foundation Trust and became its Chairman in 2011.