St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

'Love Jesus, Love Learning, Love Life'

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Governing Board

 

Angela Blenkinship - Chair of Governors

I was appointed a Foundation Governor approximately 20 years ago and have two daughters, both of whom attended St Joseph’s (many years ago!). I am now retired but coming from a social work background have worked extensively with children and their families.

I passionately believe that schools have a responsibility not only to provide the best academic education but also to provide a caring, safe and most of all, happy and enjoyable environment where children are treated as unique individuals and supported to achieve their full potential .

There are constant changes and challenges in education and in society but at St Joseph’s we strive to provide a stable, safe and secure environment where “love “ is at the core of all that we do.

It is a great privilege and honour to be part of our school family. 

 

Alison Raines - Vice Chair

I have been a governor at St Joseph’s for 8 years and currently hold the position of Vice Chair. As an Accountant I also Chair the Resources Committee which covers Finance and HR. I became a governor to support my children and their school and enjoyed it so much I wanted continue to help the staff and children after they had moved on to St Mary’s. Most weekends are spent supporting my children in their love of sport, spending time with my family and catching up with the many wonderful friends I have made here as a parent, governor and part of Friends of St Joseph’s.

 

Clare Hitchen - Foundation Governor

 

Mary Hewitt - Foundation Governor

 

Andy Heald - Parent Governor

 

Phil Heaton - Associate Governor

I am 62 years of age, married with 2 children and 3 grandchildren. I taught Science for 13 years in Catholic Secondary Schools but was retired on health grounds due to my limited mobility, having suffered life-changing injuries in a road traffic collision. I was immediately offered a job as the senior executive of a National Governing Body for cycle racing which, I held until my retirement in 2010.

I now have the time to attend daily mass, brew my own wine and beer, ride my hand-cycle, go on frequent holidays in the sun and cruising around the world. I have also started to learn the clarinet, as there are only so many crime novels you can read and crosswords to do, and have recently acquired a tropical fish tank – thought it might be easier than a dog; how wrong can you be!

I am a committed Catholic and see St. Joseph’s School as an integral and important part of the parish. I therefore feel it is a great honour and privilege to be able to assist the pupils and staff in reaching their full potential.

 

Frank O’Neill - Associate Governor

 

I am Frank O’Neill and my current role is Associate Governor. I work as a site manager at a chemical manufacturing company. Since moving to Leigh over 20 years ago I have been involved in the school life at St Joseph’s. My daughters attended St Joseph’s and I believe the faith and teaching they experienced at school gave an excellent start in their education life, with both going on to achieve university degrees. I initially stood as a parent governor to make some contribution to the school and better understand the education system for children. I initially joined the PTA and was elected as Parent Governor, over the years I have held various Governor positions and used the training provided for governors in both school and work life. My experience of health and safety from work has been used to assist the school in this area of responsibility. I enjoy being able to contribute to the school and to assist the dedicated team of staff at St Joseph’s in maintaining excellent standards of teaching. My role as a governor has been very rewarding over the years and I would recommend the role to anyone thinking of applying for a governor position. Outside of my work responsibilities I enjoy gardening, music, reading and maintain a keen interest in modern technologies and IT.

 

Johanne Daniels - Parent Governor

My name is Johanne Daniel and I've been a Parent Governor for just over 2 years. I left the NHS four years ago after 20 years in Business Intelligence / Data Management (it was far more interesting than it sounds!) and now mainly fill my time acting as a taxi service for my two children and volunteering as a member of the governing body. I feel very lucky to be able to spend time with the children from our school as they make me laugh and feel proud in equal measure. I love spending my spare time with family and friends and curling up on the sofa with a magazine and a big bar of chocolate. Please feel free to say hello and stop for a chat if you see me on the playground. 

 

Joanne Carrigher Kearns - Foundation Governor