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The Governing Board

Mr Simon Taylor - Chair of Governors.

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 have had the pleasure of being on the Governing Body supporting the leadership team at St Paul’s for over 10 Years and have been in role of Vice Chair for the previous 5 years. I have Two children who attended St Paul’s -Toby and Alex who are both in Year 6 and love their School Family. I am an Experienced Delivery Manager for an Electricity Distribution Network Operator (Electricity North West). Throughout my role and responsibilities,  I bring a number of valuable skill sets

Miss Andrea Glynn - Safeguarding Governor

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 Nicola Martin - Associate Governor 

I have worked in Lancashire since 1997 as a primary teacher, Senior Manager and Consultant.  I joined the Lancashire Literacy team in May 2004 after several years as a Leading Literacy teacher and Subject Leader, and have been involved in co-developing and presenting the very popular boys' writing projects in KS2 within PAN Lancashire and beyond.

I have a particular interest in the use of film to develop literacy and have gained Lead Practitioner status with the British Film Institute.

In 2009, I was awarded NPQH and in 2010 became an accredited Local Consultant for Improvement in Stronger Management Systems and Support for Writing.

In 2012, I was appointed by DFE for leading phonics in Lancashire with an outstanding accreditation. I also specialise in reading development, improving writing, boys' writing and is the Lancashire Lead Moderator for KS1 and KS2.

I am excited to be working with Hoddlesden St Paul's and cannot wait to continue the good work in curriculum design. I am looking forward to further developing the school with my fellow members and ensure the school continues to flourish.

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 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. 

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

I was elected onto the Governing Body of St Paul’s in April 2018 as Parent Governor and more recently took on the role of Maths link. I have two daughters, one who attend St Paul’s and is now in the Juniors. My own children thoroughly and enjoy school and I know first hand St Paul’s provides an excellent environment for our children to thrive. In my professional capacity I am a Marketing Manager working for a company predominantly servicing the Education sector, working with schools throughout the country.

My family and I attend St Paul’s Church and I am also an active member of the school PTFA helping to organise and run fundraising events to benefit the school and church community. I am honoured to be part of the Governing Body and hope I bring a positive yet critical parent view that can help to aid our schools continued growth.


Mrs Vikki Blackburn- LA Governor 

I have been on the Governing Board of St Paul’s for three years and feel very privileged to be part of the school’s journey of growth. In my professional career I have been a bank manager and for the last five years have been a School Business Manager in a local primary school. This has given me experience in the operations of a primary school and insight into Hr, Training, Finance, Safeguarding and Health and Safety, which I feel I can bring to my role as a governor at St Paul’s. Both my children have been educated at St Paul’s with one now in year 7 and one in their final year of high school, year 11. I have been a St Paul’s parent for several years and both my children have thrived both academically and emotionally. I look forward to continuing my role as governor and will do my best to support staff, parents and children in the school’s continued journey.


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  Class Teacher & 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 

I have worked in Education for 17 years and I have advised for SEMH difficulties in children across the Borough. My current role is Inclusion Centre Manager within a secondary school.

I live in the village and have 2 children who attend St Paul's, one in Year 6 and one in Year 3. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to be part of this excelling school family.  I really enjoy my role as a foundation governor here at St Paul’s and having the opportunity to support in the area of SEND and work closely with SEN co-ordinator is fantastic. There is a true passion for meeting the needs of all children within St Paul’s. I will do my upmost to support the staff and the families within it, in order to achieve the best outcomes for our outstanding school.

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