Our Governing body is a dedicated group of volunteers who meet to share in the leadership and management of our school and its resources. They work alongside our headteacher to ensure that our school continues to grow and flourish. Its various members represent the many stakeholders that have an interest in the success of our school: the Diocese of Salford, Blackburn with Darwen Local Authority, St. Paul's Parents and school staff.
Derek Hardman – Chairman
I have been the Local Authority Governor for the last eight years for St Paul's. As a local Councillor and Parishioner I believe it is an honour to serve the school at which my children attended for a number of years and I am well aware of the importance this school plays within the Parish and for our children's education and their faith.
Bernadette Bleasdale – Foundation Governor
I am a retired Headteacher of 20 years in the secondary sector within the Diocese of Salford. I have 38 years experience in secondary education as Pastoral Leader, Head of Mathematics and Deputy Headteacher. I also have 30 years experience as a Governor in secondary schools and a member of Pleasington Priory Parish.
John Malowana-Murphy – Foundation Governor
Born in Blackburn into a Roman Catholic family I have been a practising catholic all my life. I was educated in schools and colleges in the town and lived in the Pleasington Priory and St. Paul's Parish most of my adult life. I saw both St. Paul's Church and school being built and now in the later years of my life I am able to give greater commitment to the parish community.
It is a privilege and honour to be asked by the Diocese of Salford to give further commitment to the life of the parish as a foundation governor of St. Paul's school. In my working life I spent over forty years in the telecommunication industry holding various positions in the engineering area of the business. I have travelled to many locations throughout the UK. In the past I have been a Borough Councillor and Governor of other schools around Blackburn. Currently I give commitment to the area as a Parish Councillor and volunteer at Livesey Library. I am also involved in other bodies in the local area and the town of Blackburn.
I look forward to putting my skills and life experience at the disposal of the advancement of catholic education at St. Paul's.
Lynne Tommony - Foundation Governor
I am a National Leader of Governance with many years of experience in education as both Chair and Foundation Governor.
Simon Turner - Staff Governor
I have been a teacher at St Paul's since 2015. I started at St Paul's as a newly Qualified Teacher after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University. I am currently teaching in Year 3 and I am the subject leader for P.E. I was recently elected Staff Governor and feel very honoured that my fellow colleagues believe I can be their representing voice on the governing body.
Victoria Patterson - Parent Governor
I am a mum of two girls at St. Paul's and have been qualified as a primary school teacher since 2002. I have taught throughout all 3 primary school phases but have a keen passion for The Early Years. It is a privilege to represent the parents of St. Paul's R.C. Primary school.
Joe Hickey - Foundation Governor
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