The Governing Body of The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School is an integral part of our leadership structure, enabling strategic direction, robust accountability, assurance and oversight of the financial and educational performance of the school. Governors work collaboratively with the Headteacher, school staff, Diocese of Lancaster and Lancashire County Council to realise the Mission Statement of the school.
Whilst the Headteacher is responsible for the day to day management of the school, the Governing Body has an important strategic oversight in three core areas:
Setting Strategic Direction
Clarity of vision and ethos
Ensuring statutory duties are met
Accountability for teaching, achievement, behaviours and safety
Strengthening and supporting school leadership
Performance managing the Headteacher
Contributing to school self-evaluation
Maintaining Financial Probity
Enabling financial efficiency
Monitoring resources and challenging budgets.
Find all relevant documents from our Governing Body below:
The governors are volunteers who have a commitment to the school, its pupils, staff and buildings as well as to the local community, of which it is a part. We are all proud to be associated with The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School.
The Full Governing Board meets at least three times a year and is responsible for overseeing the progress and improvement of the school. In this, we are helped and guided by our experienced Head Teacher Miss Hannah and her staff. We have three working committees which deal with the detailed business such as; monitoring school finances, planning structural developments and analysing the overall performance of the school. All governors are members of at least one of these committees.
Our Governing Board membership is a mixture of foundation representatives, elected parents, school staff and Local Authority nominees. As a board, it embraces a varied and relevant range of skills and expertise. We have Governors with business and management experience, experience in education, finance and governors who are standing members of the local community.
As Governors we constantly seek ways of working more effectively and to make use of training courses to help gain a deeper understanding and knowledge base to fulfil our roles and duty to the school.
In the past year under the leadership of our Head of School, Miss Kelly Hannah, everyone at the school has worked very hard to improve the quality of all aspects of school life. Staff and pupils have coped admirably with disruptions scattered across the school year. The children have learnt and played well. The governors and I congratulate the staff and children and parents for all their hard work and resilience.
The governors look forward to continuing to play their part in the life of The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School in the coming school year. The board is committed to supporting the Head Teacher and her staff in their continuing drive to raise standards in the school and to provide the best education for all of our children.
We currently have vacancies for a parent governor. If you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact Miss Hannah at school.
Meet our Governors:
Mrs Helen Lynch
Chair of Governors
I have enjoyed strong connections with both The Blessed Sacrament Parish and School all my life, being baptised at the church over 50 years ago and attending the school for my primary years education. Both my children attended The Blessed Sacrament although this was some time ago now as they are 22 and 18 years old! For the past 3 years I have had the honour of being the Chair of The Governing Board. Our focus remains on the education and wellbeing of our school children, families, teaching staff and support staff, everyone who contributes to our caring school community is valued. We continue to strive towards the goal of providing a happy safe environment where our children achieve their full potential. If you wish to contact Mrs Lynch or any of our Governors, you can do so through their email. If you would like to write to the Chair of Governors: FAO: Mrs Lynch C/O The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School Farringdon Lane Ribbleton Preston Lancashire PR2 6LX
Mrs Lesley-Ann Stickley
Vice-Chair of Governors / Local Authority Governor
I am married and have two sons, both of them attended this school. The eldest is now at University and the other is at Cardinal Newman College. I am also actively involved within our community one of which is being part of the school Toddler Group. I initially became a parent governor in June 2009 as I wanted to play an active part in my children's education, and the education of all of the children at the school. Within the time of myself being a governor, the school has made visible improvements and achievements. I am looking forward, to see our school's continuing progress and to improve the quality of all aspects of school life.
Mr Jimmy Callagher
I joined the Governor team in 2020. My sister is a teacher at the school and I have seen the passion and desire the teaching staff have for the school and the education of it's pupils. I am a Recruitment Consultant for Teaching Personnel and previously worked as a Teacher, I want to offer my support as a Foundation Governor utilising my experience in education settings. I am impressed by the direction the school is going in and excited for the future of the school.
Mr Lee Clark
I joined the Governing Board at the end of 2019 because I wanted to be involved in helping the school to enable our children to achieve their full potential. My daughter currently attends school and, having seen the commitment and hard work of the entire school team, I wanted to volunteer my time to give something back to the school and our community. I’ve seen a lot of positive change since I took up this role and my daughter really loves to go to this school. When not volunteering as a school governor, I am a Project Manager in the Civil Service and have worked there since 2005.
Miss Kelly Hannah
Mr Don Stables
My Mother attended The Blessed Sacrament School from 1929-34 and some of my family members still attend today. I have been an active member of The Blessed Sacrament Parish for the past 30 years and live in the local area. I am now retired but did work at BAE Systems for over 40 years. I became a Parent Governor in 2003 and then Foundation Governor in 2005 through to the present day.
Mrs Louise Thompson
I have worked at The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School for the past six years, I am currently the Early Years Phase Leader and teach Reception. I have seen the school move forward and the journey staff have undertaken. I joined the governing body as a Staff governor in 2019. I wanted to gain an understanding of how the governing body questions and leads the improvement within school. I also wanted to share my knowledge and understanding of education with the other members of the governing body to continue to help drive the improvements that have been made within recent years.
Mr Matthew Whittle
I have strong ties to The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School, as my dad was Headteacher for a number of years. It was therefore an honour to become a governor and continue to support the excellent work that has and continues to go on in the school and the community. I am currently a teacher and Head of Year at Corpus Christi Catholic High School, which is where a large number of pupils from the school go when they leave Year 6, helping to provide strong links and continuity for pupils. I have also had first hand experience of pastoral and academic school improvement and relish the opportunity to add this knowledge to the continuing success of the school. I have been a governor since 2018.