St Anne's Catholic Primary School

Aspire to be more


Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do.

Our main role is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The two key documents used for this are the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SIP sets out the strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.

Our legal duties include:-

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the school budget
  • reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the Headteacher

The Governing Body meets at least once every term. We have separate committees to look at particular issues (such as Curriculum, Staffing, Buildings, Finance and Standards and Effectiveness). All governors are informed about what happens at these committee meetings.

There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are Foundation governors, the Local Authority (“LA”), Parents, and Staff. All governors have equal status, however they are appointed.

We are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.

Governors Attendance at Meetings

Meet Our Governors

John Mills B.Ed (Hons),MA in SEN (Merit)

Chair Of Governors


I am married to Sue and we have lived in Leyland for over 30 years. Our children attended St Anne’s Primary and St. Mary’s High School.

I was Primary/Secondary trained at Worcester College, Worcester.

I taught at Lytham St. Annes’s High School and then Witton Park High School, Blackburn (Now an Academy) until retirement - Now Vice-chair of Governors at Witton Park Academy.

I taught Geography and Mathematics at Witton Park High School and was actively involved with the Special Needs Department. I was also the Senior Behaviour Manager over-seeing the five Heads of Year.


I am a practising Catholic and attend Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Leyland. In 2014-2015 I was President of The Catenian Association - South Ribble Circle 347, and am very active in a variety of church activities.


I believe passionately in our vision ‘Aspire to be more’ and to quote Pope Francis “Catholic educational institutions offer to all an approach to education that has as its aim the full development of the person, which responds to the right of every person to access to knowledge.” Here at St. Anne’s all staff, governors and parents work tirelessly to achieve these aims. Our children are our future.


I am also a season ticket holder at Preston North End.

Mrs Jennifer Bluck

Vice Chair

Parent Governor

Having had a happy, successful education at St Anne's myself and being a
member of St Marys Parish I feel honoured to serve as Vice Chair and Parent
Governor on the Governing committee at St Anne's. I have recently seen the
end of my first term standing as a committee member and intend to dedicate a
further four years having been re-elected for a second term. 
I have had parental links with the school for 9 years. I currently have two
children attending the school and one child who has moved on into high

I have an active role in school organising events and activities through my
role as Chair of the PTFA. I am a qualified primary school teacher currently teaching through an
initiative called 'Forest School' delivering the curriculum in outdoor
settings.  I'm employed by' Forest school learning initiative', running
forest school sessions in a variety of education settings and delivering the
forest school training to teachers and practitioners.

I use my experience and interests to support and challenge the school. I am
very proud of being part of such a committed group of staff, governors and
parents, and enthused by the way the school has developed and continually
strives to improve the education and experiences offered to our children and
their families.

Louise Martin

Foundation Governor


I have served on the Governing Body for 16 years, initially as parent representative and later as a Foundation Governor. I am an active member of St Mary’s parish and I am currently employed at St Mary’s High School as Business Manager after 15 years’ service in a community primary.

Lesley Raven

Foundation Governor


I have been married to Chris for 36 years and I am a mother of two and granny of one. I have been very involved in Parish life at St Mary's for over 30 years. I have been employed in the parish for 24 years as Parish Administrator. I am pleased and proud to have been asked on to the governing body here at St Anne's and I will do my best to support the staff , parents and pupils.



Phil Rennision

Local Authority Governor


I have almost 30 years working in primary, secondary and tertiary education. I currently work in a Pupil Referral Unit as a teacher. My main subject areas are Science, Maths and IT but I also dabble in P4C (Philosophy for Children) and Outdoor Education. Outside of school I sing in a church choir and a blues band, play guitar and I am an Expedition Assessor and Leader for the DoE among  many other interests.

Mrs Cara Adams

Foundation Governor


Having taught at St Anne's for 18 happy years, I am proud to serve as a Foundation Governor on the school's Governing Body. I am delighted to be the Religious Education Governor, as the Catholic life of the school and the teaching of RE are of particular interest to me.Whilst teaching, I gained a lot of experience in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I continue to remain very interested in all aspects of primary education and school life. By using my knowledge and experience, I will do my best to encourage, support and challenge the school. Currently, I am enjoying life as a full-time Mum and spending time with my daughter. I am a practising Catholic and attend Mass at St Mary's Church with my family. 

Mrs Jackie Matthews

Foundation Governor


I am currently serving my first ever term as a Foundation governor and I was delighted to renew my association with the school. Three of my children attended St Anne’s and during their time at school, I was an active member of the PTFA, serving as chair and treasurer.
I have been married for 41 years and have 4 children and 4 grandchildren and have lived in Leyland for 28 years. I am now retired but until 2011, I taught Maths at St Mary’s High school for 24 years, 15 years as Head of Maths. I am a practising Catholic and take an active interest in parish activities, in particular, helping with the first Holy Communion and Confirmation programmes. My children enjoyed their time at St Anne’s and their time there contributed to the successes they have achieved and I hope that I can support the staff at the school to make it an equally enjoyable, rich and rewarding experience for the children in our care today.

Mrs Nicola Hodgkinson

Parent Governor


I have two children who have enjoyed their primary years at St Anne's and have now moved on to high school. I feel privileged to be continuing in my second term as parent governor at the school.


In addition to being a mum, I have worked as a physiotherapist for over 25 years in a wide variety of settings and roles. I am keen to use my skills and experience in order to support and challenge the school and assist its ongoing development in any way that I can.


I am proud to be part of the Governing Body, as we collectively strive to ensure the provision of an education which gives each and every child within our school community the optimum start in their life journey.



John Newsome

Foundation Governor


I worked for HSBC bank for 35 years, and covered many roles including Branch Manager in Preston, Contract Manager in Manchester and HR Manager in London. I retired in 2013 and have done a variety of small and interesting jobs since then, but now spend most of my time volunteering and working at St. Catherine's Hospice and The Mill café. I love the outdoors and to travel - and regularly visit family based around the UK and beyond.
I've lived in Leyland for 24 years and been married to Diane for 26 years. I attend St. Mary's church and deliver the infant liturgy on a rotational basis. My son went through St. Mary's High School and is now in his last year at University.
I'm pleased to forge new links with St. Annes and attended my first Governors meeting in November 2016.

Mrs Celia Neill

Foundation Governor

Chair of Resources Committee


I have been a member of St Mary’s Parish Leyland for three years and was delighted to be asked to serve as a Foundation Governor for St Anne’s Primary School.

I have been married to Mike for 34 years, have two sons and recently became a grandmother. I spent 33 years working in the NHS as a midwife. Since taking retirement I work part time as a seamstress in a theatre costume manufacturer, as well as getting further involved in Parish life.

My parents were both teachers and proud of the special role of catholic education, my father ending his career as a Catholic Primary School head. I look forward to supporting staff and parents to enable each child to fully develop into the unique individual God intended.