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
Lynne Tommony has wide experience of governance in many different contexts having been a Foundation Governor since 2004, including Chair of Governors at a Catholic secondary school for 7 years. As well as her position as Vice-Chair at St Paul’s, she is also currently serving on an Interim Executive Board (IEB) at a high school in Bury. She has been an independent consultant since 2011 and has an extensive background in both primary and secondary education, having worked at local, regional and national level in the promotion of foreign languages. In addition, she served for 3 years as a National Leader of Governance (NLG) having been designated in the first cohort in 2012. She was also an advocate for the role across Greater Manchester and is Diocesan Leader of Governance within the Diocese of Salford. Since their introduction in 2013, she has conducted External Reviews of Governance (ERGs) as well as providing training and tailored support for governing boards throughout the North West, with a good record of positive impact. School governance, governance consultancy and ERGs now occupy most of her professional time. As well as believing in the distinctive nature and intrinsic value of faith education, she has a firm conviction that school-to-school support and the sharing of good practice in all areas which it encourages, is one of the most effective ways to improve pupil outcomes.
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
Victoria Patterson is a parent of two girls at St. Paul’s, in Years 1 and 5. She qualified as a Primary School Teacher in 2002 from St. Martin’s in Lancaster, gaining a B. A. (Hons) in Geography with Q.T.S.
Victoria has worked as a primary school teacher across all three phases, from Reception to Year 6, although she has a keen passion and enthusiasm for the Early Years Foundation Stage and has worked as a Reception Teacher in Lancashire for over 10 years. During this time she has sat on the Senior Leadership Team and been the Lead for Assessment and Tracking, English, Newly Qualified Teachers and Teacher Training Students.
Victoria has been a Governor at St. Paul’s since December 2016 and is the Chair of the Teaching and Learning subcommittee. She brings her knowledge and experience of working in the Education Sector to benefit the Governing Body in the strategic life of St. Paul’s.
Parent Governor is a role she finds both challenging and rewarding as she supports Senior Leaders within St. Paul’s as the school continues to go from strength to strength.
Victoria is passionate about helping young people achieve their highest potential and achieve beyond their dreams.
Joe Hickey - Foundation Governor
Summary to follow
Philip Thompson - LA Governor
Philip Thompson is a Company Director. His grandparents lived in Pleasington and the family have worshipped at The Priory, where he is a Eucharistic Minister. Philip and his wife were married at the church. He has two children, and has previously been a governor of a Blackburn Secondary School.
He was appointed as a governor at St. Paul's in 2017, and has recently joined the Teaching and Learning Sub Committee. He sees the school playing a vital role in the life of the Parish.
Philip is acutely aware of the importance of education and faith values for children’s futures. He will strive to make sure the school provides the best for every pupil.