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Welcome to the Governors' section

The governors of Hoddlesden St. Paul's CE Primary School take pride in supporting the staff and children under the leadership of Mr Dugdale and the School Leadership Team.

The Governing Body is comprised of the Headteacher and governors who are appointed to represent The Dioceses of Blackburn, The Parochial Church Council and the Local Authority.
Staff and Parent Governors are appointed for 4 years and all parents are given the opportunity to participle in nominating and voting in parental elections.
The Governing Body holds the right to appoint Associate Governors based on their desirable skill set at the time. They serve a period of 4 years and have delegated voting rights for the committee they are on. 
The Governing Body meets at least once every term and has established a number of sub-committees which meet regularly to address issues delegated to them. These comprise of Standards & Effectiveness Committee and the Resources Committee. In 2022, the Governing Body agreed to form a formal working party to spearhead actions that have come about from the National Governments White-paper. 
We examine all aspects of school life with due diligence and are always pleased to hear from parents with views, questions and issues. Please feel free to contact us via school.

Governing Body Leadership

  • Mrs Victoria Walmsley - Chair of Governors and Deputy Safeguarding Governor 
  • Ms. Jill Kershaw -  Safeguarding Governor 

The Role of a Governor

Governor Attendance 22/23



     Admissions Committee

  • Mrs Jocelyn Yates (Chair) + 2 other Governors 


     Pay Review Committee

  • Ms Jill Kershaw (Chair)+ 2 more governor   


      Resources Committee

  • Mr Jason Newsham (Chair)
  • Mr Chris Dugdale (HT)
  • Mrs Laura Bradley 
  • Mrs Victoria Brown
  • Mrs Claire Warner 
  • Mrs Victoria Walmsley 

    Standards and Effectiveness Committee

  • Mr Chris Dugdale (HT)
  • Mr Matt Berry 
  • Mrs Jocelyn Yates
  • Ms Nicola Martin 
  • Ms Jill Kershaw
  • Rev. Ben Marston (Ex-officio)

On 18 March 2016 the School Governance Constitution Regulations 2012 was amended so that all serving governors in maintained schools will be required to have an enhanced criminal records certificate (ECRC). This means that, by 1 September 2016, all serving governors must have an enhanced CRC and, from April 1 2016, governing bodies must have applied for an ECRC within 21 days of the election or appointment of a new governor.
We can confirm that all governors at Hoddlesden St Paul's CE Primary School have had this completed. 

Register of business interests of headteachers and governors

The table below outlines the business interests of governors and head teacher of Hoddlesden St Paul’s Church of England Primary School. It also outlines if they are a governor of another school and if they are related to a member of our school's staff.




Name of business


Nature of Business Interest

Governor at another school


Relationship to and name of staff member

Mr Christopher Dugdale





Ms. Jill Kershaw

Blackburn with Darwen LA

Advisory TeacherN/AN/A
Mrs Claire WarnerN/AN/AN/AN/A
Mrs Victoria BrownN/AN/AN/AN/A

Mrs Laura Bradley




Mr Jason Newsham

Roebuck Primary School

Assistant Headteacher



Mr Matt Berry Bolton Music ServiceTutor and TeacherN/AN/A
Mrs Nicola Martin LCCEnglish Consultant N/AN/A

Mrs Victoria Walmsley





Rev.Ben MarstonN/AN/ASt Barnabas DarwenN/A

Subject Linked Governors

Governors Who Have Stepped Down 

Start children off on the way they should go and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
- Proverbs 22:6