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A committed team

All adults who work at Hoddlesden St Paul's CE Primary and Pre-School, whatever their role, are committed to supporting children and work hard as a team to give our children the best possible start in life.

Last updated: March 2024


Senior Leadership Team 

Headteacher: Mr Christopher Dugdale (Designated Safeguarding Lead)

  • Joined September 2016
  • Previous experience includes Executive Leader in Blackburn; Acting Head teacher and Deputy Head teacher roles Lancashire; Ofsted Headteacher Referencing Group member; designated as a Local Leader in Education and former School Improvement Leader for a cluster of schools. 
  • National Professional Qualification in Executive Leadership

  • Currently Vice Chair of our local SACRE board; President of the NAHT Blackburn; Education Partner on the LA Children's Safeguarding Assurance Partnership and a Lead facilitator with a cluster of schools collaborating to form a Church of England Multi Academy Trust (Primary).


Deputy Headteacher & SENDCo: Mrs Adele Bass  (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

  • Joined September 2017
  • Previous experience includes SENDCo, senior teacher and Early Help Lead; Specialist Leader in Education for Early Years; Education Partner on Edge Hill University Partnership Board 
  • National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership


Assistant Headteacher: Mrs Laura Bradley 

  • Joined September 2021
  • Previous experience includes, senior teacher and Curriculum Lead
  • National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership


Phase KS2 Leader: Mrs Helen Bullen (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

  • Joined September 2017
  • Previous experience includes, senior teacher and teaching & learning lead. 
  • Edge Hill University lead Education and Student Teacher Mentor 
  • National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership


Phase EY Leader: Miss Millie Clayton  

  • Joined January 2019
  • Early Years Leader for our school cluster of 13 schools. 
  • National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (2023 Cohort) 


Class Teachers 

Pre-School: Miss Hayley Easton 

Reception: Miss Millie Clayton 

Year 1: Miss Amii Bateson  

Year 2: Mrs Jen Harrison and Mrs Gemma Scholes

Year 3: Miss Kelly Sivill 

Year 4: Mrs Helen Bullen and Mrs Gemma Scholes

Year 5: Mr Jack Edgar 

Year 6: Miss Rebecca Holt


Support Staff

Early Years Support Team 

Mrs Kym Marsden

Mr Lucas Robinson

Mrs Karen Schofield


Key Stage 1 Support Team 

Mrs Elizabeth Fenwick 

Mrs Kelly Briggs (SEND Support)

Mrs Sarah Matthews


Key Stage 2 Support Team 

Mrs Gillian Walker

Mrs Diane Sullivan 

Mrs Claire Haddow 

Mrs Kerry Townsend 


Staff on Maternity Leave

Miss Kylie McDermott 

Miss Leah Whalley 


Curriculum Specialists 

These members of staff will support in the curriculum development, enhancement and delivery on a weekly basis across school. They will work with the class teachers to ensure staff subject knowledge and skill application is outstanding.



Play Therapy: Deb Howarth 

French: Madame Wardle 

Music: Mr Matt Richards



Gymnastics: Mrs Catherine Winward 

TAG Sports: Mr Tom Gavin

Swimming: Miss Kelly Sivill


Nurture Group

Leads: Mrs Adele Bass and Miss Millie Clayton

Lunchtime Nurturer: Mrs Kerry Townsend 

Lunchtime Nurturer: Mr Jack Edgar 

Lunchtime Nurturer: Mrs Helen Bullen

Lunchtime Nurturer: Miss Kelly Sivill 

Lunchtime Nurturer: Miss Rebecca Holt 


Go Beyond Before and After School Club Staff 

Mrs Kelly Briggs 

Ms Diane Sullivan

Mrs Elizabeth Fenwick 

Mrs Kym Marsden 

Mrs Karen Schofield 


School Administration Team 

School Business Manager: Mrs Joanne Mackey

Office Administrator (Part Time): Mrs Nicola Clarke

Finance Officer (Part Time): Mrs Mollie Downes

IT Technician: Mr Luke Noonan from BlueOrangeIT 


Cleaning and Caretaker Roles

Site Supervisor: Mr Alan Gregory

Domestic Assistant: Mrs Ewa Dean

Domestic Assistant: Mrs Liz Patterson 


Staff team of 30 employees, including all our class teachers and leaders. In addition, the school has contracts with 6 additional self-employed team members, who provide support in a specialised role or curriculum area. 

Union Officials

During the academic year 2022/23, staff who are union officials have taken 0 hours undertaking union official actions. 


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