Mrs Louise McGaffigan- Chair of Governors
I would describe myself as a friendly, professional hard working, positive minded Lancashire lass. I have a son and daughter both attending St Paul's and live in the heart of Hoddlesden village so I have a real understanding of the prestigious reputation of the school and its generational links to the local community. I am fortunate to have enjoyed extensive global travel and a lengthy career in media business management across the UK. Along with professional business experience I bring an appetite for learning, diversity, tolerance and forward thinking to our brilliant village school. My family regularly attend St Paul’s village church and the schools deep rooted Christian ethos supports our values. I feel honoured to be part of the governing body team to ensure that all children in our care are given the best chance to flourish and reach their potential.
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 I
Mrs Clare Leadley-
I have been lucky to have been a Governor at St Paul’s for a number of years and to have acted as Chair during that time. I have a background in data analysis and finance both of which have provided me with skills and experience that I bring to the role. My vision as a governor is that every child in the school receives the education that is best for them, that they enjoy coming to school and that they develop a love of learning that will give a good foundation for the rest of their lives.
Mrs Victoria Walmsley-
Mrs Sue Witts- Ex Officio
Miss Kirsten Riding- Staff Governor
I am a dedicated staff member at St Paul's school and enjoy a number of fulfilling roles as Year 1 Class Teacher Music & Geography Subject Lead and SENDCo. Becoming a member of the Governing Body has added a new dimension to my role within school and created further opportunities to make a difference. I enjoy and thrive on the challenges that come with every aspect of school life and am passionate about high quality education and each and every child reaching their full potential.
Mrs Elizabeth Lythgoe-
As a parent to two boys at St. Paul's I was honoured to be elected to the position of Parent Governor in April 2019. As a Christian I am grateful for the school's Christian ethos. Not only does St. Paul's want to ensure that all children have access to the best possible education but that also all children are nurtured in a caring and supportive community. I am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to the future direction of St. Paul's by providing both support and challenge to the headteacher and staff so that all children are inspired to develop a love of learning and encouraged to achieve their full potential.
Mrs Jocelyn Yates -
Miss Andrea Glynn -
I am new to the role of Governor at St Paul’s but I am looking forward to being a part of the school’s journey. I am the owner of a small business which delivers safeguarding support and training to schools. I have worked in the field of safeguarding in education for over 20 years and I am therefore passionate about ensuring every child is as safe and as happy as they can be. I know that schools play such an important role in achieving this and through my contact with St Paul’s I know that this is a school that puts the happiness of its pupils at the centre of all it does. I have strong links with Blackburn with Darwen having previously worked in local schools and living quite close by with my dog, Dolly.
Mrs Dawn Warren -
I am delighted to have been appointed to the role of foundation governor and value this opportunity. I have worked in education for over 20 years and I strongly believe that children, young people, adults, students of any age, deserve the best quality teaching to enable them to fulfil their potential, to develop a lifelong love of learning and to succeed. Working together with the governors of St Paul’s I am looking forward to providing the strategic direction for the school. I am committed to supporting the headteacher, the senior leadership team and all staff at St Paul’s, acting as a critical friend to ensure that the school continues to improve in everything it does, enabling all children to be happy and confident in their learning, to be curious and to be interested in the world around them.
Mr Christopher Dugdale- Headteacher
I have been the Headteacher of Hoddlesden St Paul's Church of England Primary School since September 2016 and I am very proud of the academic and spiritual journey the school is on. Prior to this I was the Deputy and Acting Headteacher in a one form entry primary school in the neighbouring authority of Lancashire (Area East). I am the co-creator and advocate of Gatsby Primary, a curriculum badge initiative that supports primary schools to inspire career aspirations for children in Years 5&6.
I graduated from St Martin's College in 2006 and have taught in a variety of school settings across Lancashire. During 2008/10 I was able to support a Fylde based hospitality company and general manage a number of medium to large businesses, along with successfully supporting a large redevelopment application and bid. From September 2017 to 2019, I represented Primary Headteachers on the Local Authorities Employment and Skills Board, mapping and implementing opportunities for Career Related Learning.
I have had the privilege of coordinating Teaching and Learning improvement across our cluster of schools, with huge improvements in attainment, teaching & learning and developing collaborative approaches with our teachers. I am extremely proud of St Paul's achievements and I am excited to continue to be part of and lead an effective and innovative team.