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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 – Chair 


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.

Father Shaun Braiden - Foundation Governor


I am Father Shaun Braiden and I serve as a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese of Salford. I began my term of office in July 2018 and I am also the parish priest for the St. Oscar Romero Parish.

This parish takes in three churches, Pleasington Priory, St. Peter's Mill Hill and St. John Vianney's Livesey.

I was born in Bury and studied for the priesthood in Durham. I am an avid Manchester City fan.

Bernadette Bleasdale - Co Vice-Chair 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.

Simon Turner -  Staff Governor


Simon Turner has been a teacher at St Paul's since 2015. Simon started at St Paul's as a newly Qualified Teacher after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA Honours in Primary Education with QTS. Simon is currently teaching in Year 6 and he is the subject leader for Science and P.E. He is the Key Stage 2 leader. He was appointed as staff governor in December 2016. Simon is a member of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment committee.

Victoria Patterson - Co Vice-Chair  Parent Governor


Victoria Patterson is a parent of two girls at St. Paul’s, in Years 2 and 6.  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 Co-Vice Chair of the governors and 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


It is a privilege for me to be a foundation governor of St. Paul's R.C. Primary School. I was one of the first intake of pupils when the school opened in 1973 and was followed by my two brothers and sister who also attended the school. In more recent times all three of my children have attended the school so I have a long association and understanding of the school.

I am also a long standing member of the parish where my family and I have been active members of the Oscar Romero parish community for over 40 years.

I have been a school governor for over 16 years at St. Paul's and have held the position of vice chair and chair during that period. 

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.

The Governors of St. Paul's 2019-20

Governors Register of Pecuniary Interest 2019-20

Governor's Attendance 2019 - 20

Governors Attendance 2018-2019

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