Welcome from the Chair of Governors

On behalf of the Governors, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to St. George’s CE Primary School. In this section you will be able to find out more information about the school’s Governors and the work that we do.

As a Governing Body, our purpose is to ensure that a high quality of education is being provided, in a safe, nurturing and Christian environment.  We take responsibility for the strategic development of the school by monitoring progress and challenging the school leadership team to maintain the excellent conduct, ethos, and performance expected at St. George’s.

The Governors work very closely with the Executive Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and all teaching and support staff, supporting them in their commitment to providing pupils with the best possible education, spiritual wellbeing, key social and creative skills, confidence and self-esteem and to help them achieve their full potential.

St. George’s is a wonderful place, and all of us who serve the school as Governors are immensely proud of the fantastic achievements of those attending and working at the school, and we would like to thank parents for their interest in supporting and maintaining the  strong links with our church and close partnership with the local community. I would also like to highlight the leading Teacher Training being led as part of the Yarrow Valley Teaching Schools Alliance along with the fantastic opportunity the formal collaboration with Wrightington  Mossy Lea Primary School brings to both schools.

It is a privilege to be Chair of Governors at St. George’s, with an experienced and dedicated team who very work hard to share their expertise in helping to guide our “outstanding” school forward. On these pages of the school website you can find out more information about the school’s Governors and the work that we do. We can always be contacted through the school office at :            .

We wish your child every success and happiness at St. George’s.

Fr David Arnold

Here is a list of our School Governors, their appointing body and their positions.

Name Position
Fr David Arnold (Foundation - POM) Chair of Governors 
Fr Michael Print (Foundation  - Ex-Officio) Vice Chair Of Governors
Mr Gordon Blackledge (Foundation - POM)
Mr John Bradley (Foundation - PCC) 
Dr Alan Gibson (Foundation - PCC) Chair of Staffing Committee
Mrs Sarah Kirkpatrick (Foundation - PCC)
Mr Stephen Pollard (Foundation - POM) Chair of Resources Committee/Chair of Teaching School Committee
Mrs Natalie Print (Foundation - PCC)
Councillor Peter Wilson  (Local Authority)
Mr Ben Holmes (Co-opted)
Vacancy (Parent)
Mrs Ruth Quaglieri-Woods (Parent) Chair of Curriculum Committee
Mrs Naomi Harrison (Staff)
Mr Andrew Purcell (Executive Headteacher - Ex-Officio)

The different categories of governors on our governing body are:

  • parent governors who have a child in school at the time of their election, and are elected by the parents with children at the school;
  • staff governors who are members of staff at the school and are elected by their colleagues;
  • foundation governors are appointed on to the governing body by Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education via nomination by St George’s CE Church either by the  Parochial Church Council (PCC) or the Principal Officiating Minister (POM);
  • co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school;
  • Local Authority (LA) governors who are nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the governing body;
  • the Executive Headteacher (EHT) is also a member of the governing body by right of the position they hold in the school;
  • associate members (or Observers) are not actually governors but can be appointed to serve on committees and attend meetings of the full governing body. They do not have the right to vote at meetings of the full governing body but may be given voting rights on the committees that they are a member of, but these rights can only be given by the governing body.

The main committees our governing body have are:

Curriculum Committee

  • Mrs R Quaglieri-Woods (Chair)
  • Mr G Blackledge
  • Mr J Bradley (Pupil Interface Lead)
  • Miss L Darlington (Observer)
  • Dr A Gibson
  • Mrs S Kirkpatrick 
  • Mrs N Print

Resources Committee

  • Mr S Pollard (Chair)
  • Mr B Holmes
  • Mr A Purcell
  • Cllr P Wilson
  • Mrs N Harrison
  • Parent Gov- Vacancy

Collaboration Committee

  • Dr A Gibson (Chair)
  • Mrs S Cook (Mossy Lea)
  • Mrs J Heaton (Mossy Lea)
  • Mr S Pollard
  • Mrs R Quaglieri-Woods

Teaching School Committee

  • Chairs of the above Committees

Staffing Committee inc Performance Management/ Pay Committee

  • Dr A Gibson  (Chair)
  • Fr D Arnold
  • Mr S Pollard


There are also separate Disciplinary and Appeals Committees which are convened if they are required. Additionally, there is a separate Admissions Committee. Committee Chairs may choose to invite other Governors to a meeting on an as required basis to support specific areas of interest to offer specific advise and guidance.

School also has some nominated governors who take on specialist roles on behalf of the Governing Body working with the SLT and  relevant staff :

  • Fr D Arnold - Child protection/safeguarding Governor
  • Fr M Print - Pupil Premium Governor
  • Vacany - Training Link Governor (temporarily being covered by the Chair)
  • Mr G Blackledge - Music Governor
  • Mr J Bradley - Pupil Interface Governor
  • Dr A Gibson - Numeracy Governor
  • Mr B Holmes - Special Education Needs
  • Mr S Pollard - Literacy Governor and R.E. Governor
  • Mrs N Print - R.E. Governor

The Governing Board has agreed that all the Assistant Head Teachers may attend Governing Board meetings in the capacity as an Observer.

In line with normal operating protocol, newly appointed Governors are not always immediately assigned to serve on Sub-committees.

The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

Details of the role of the Governors can be found using this link 

Note : Committee structures and associated membership is regularly reviewed , changes are normally agreed at the annual governor business review, held in September.

Register of personal, pecuniary or business interests

All the governors listed below have signed the Register of personal, pecuniary or business interests. This is a declaration of any personal or business interest they or any relative or person closely connected with them, have with businesses or other organisations that may have dealings with the school.

Attendance at meetings of the Governing Board (Business Review and Full Board) for the last twelve months are also detailed . Note:  Mr B Addison Foundation Governor) resigned 27th September 2020, Mrs S Trafford  (Foundation Governor) did not seek re-appointment when her Term of Office expired on 18th December 2020, Mr W Barclay's term of office as a parent governor expired on 31st August 2021, he was not eligible to apply for re-election and Mrs J Leap (Staff Governor) did not seek re-appointment when her Term of Office expired 31/8/21. Also to note : An additional Full Governing Board Meeting was held 15th Jan 21 specifically to agree a revision to sub-committee meeting during the pandemic and agree specific (temporary) governor oversight roles (meeting not registered on attendance sheet below)


Links to other schools/staff

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Fr D Arnold

 Governor Accrington Primary C of E Schools -St Nicholas, St Peter's & St Mary Magdalen's.

Governor  Accrington St Christopher's CH High School Academy

Director -Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education








Fr M Print   nil Aps P P P 3/4 01-06-19 31-05-23
Mr G Blackledge   nil P P P N/A 3/3 15-01-21 14-01-25

Mr J Bradley










Dr A Gibson

Ch of Governors Mossy Lea Primary, Ch of Collaboration Committee









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  nil N/A N/A N/A N/A 0/0 07-10-21 06-10-25
Mr B Holmes   nil P N/A N/A N/A 1/1 23-06-21 20-06-25

Mrs S Kirkpatrick

Leyland Methodist Infant School (Staff)









Mr S Pollard V Ch of Governors Mossy Lea Primary, Member of Collaboration Committee nil P P P P 4/4 31-08-13 05-12-21
Mrs N Print Married to Fr M Print (Vice Chair) nil Aps P P N/A 2/3 15-1-21 14-01-25
Mr A Purcell Ex Officio (EHT)Mossy Lea Primary, Governor Albany High School nil P P P P 4/4 On Appointment N/A
Mrs R Quaglieri-Woods   Director- North of England Training Limited P Aps P P 3/4 01-06-18 31-05-22
Councillor P Wilson   Dep Ldr -Chorley Borough Council Aps Aps Aps Aps 0/4 20-11-18 19-11-22