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Governance Statement.

Governors would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard in school during the last academic year to provide an outstanding learning environment.


We are progressing with the bishop’s invitation to join the Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust. Lots of hard work is being undertaken and all being well, we will join the B.E.B.C.M.A.T. at Easter, or thereabouts 2024.


Father David Burns continues to support us in our school with both whole school and weekly class mass’ being celebrated which are greatly enjoyed by our children.

Being part of The Catholic Cluster of Blackpool schools continues to allow us to work together.

Our Section 48 inspection will be this year using the new frame work.

R.E. week was based on “ Season of Creation.”

The First Holy Communion Celebration in June was a massive success, congratulation to the children who received this and also those who received the sacrament of Confirmation.

Please enjoy the school canvas hanging in the hall created by our children. Some of our children’s work is also displayed in church, please lets us know what you think of it!

School were delighted to attend mass in Church again after a long absence, well done to the child who participated.  


A special emphasis has been put on writing.

Meet the teacher mornings were a great success and will continue this academic year.

Our education extends beyond the classroom with many visits “out of school” to support the learning, including cinema trips and themed dress up days.

School have put a focus on Physics and are looking to develop the curriculum in this subject

School are also to include “Outdoor Learning” to support our curriculum.

Despite the size of our school we excel in interschool sporting events and both year 3/4 and 5/6 teams reached their respective Lancashire finals; incredible!

We will offer parent evenings.

Independence and Individuality. 

Staff, morale and mental health are reported to be well despite recent social challenges.

We are hoping to continue a more normalised pace to school life.

Our attendance is in line with other schools at 94.9%.

We will again look to invite parents into school under the advice of the Director of Schools.

Community and Environment. 

The government will continued to provide vouchers for eligible children over the holidays.

Our Lentern “over 55 coffee afternoon” was a great success , it featured a selection of songs from our school choir.

We will continue to support the children fundraising for many great causes, this year they will feed a child for a whole year, wow!

Governors wish Mrs Barnes all the best on the arrival of a future pupil.

Long time governor and previous chair of governors Mrs Vivien Pickup has resigned as a governor. We would like to thank her for her excellent service and wish her all the best in the future.

School always encourage parents to consider becoming a governor and help support and challenge the head teacher. Anyone interested in learning how you can do this should leave their details at reception to find out more.

Thank you,

Ian Hunter

Chair of Governors.

Meet the Governors

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Mr Ian Hunter

Chair & Foundation Governor

Hello, I have been a governor at our school for almost 10 years. Both my daughters were pupils at Holy Family with the youngest recently transferring to St Mary’s Catholic Academy.

     I enjoy the understanding I have gained about how the school works from the head and teachers. I look to reinforce our vision in all decisions we take.

        I am delighted with the skills our governors bring to our meetings.  We are determined to aspire to ever improving standards at our school.



Mr David Higham - Co Vice-Chair and Parent Governor

Hello I’m David, I am currently an anti-social behaviour officer at Blackpool Coastal Housing. my daughters Florence and Isabella have both attended Holy Family and couldn’t be happier. From my view and knowledge so far it’s an amazing school with the children always at forefront of decisions.

I hope to assist Mrs Allonby and staff where possible to ensure Holy Family remains as great as it is.

Mrs Julie Hutson Co Vice-Chair and Foundation Governor

I am a mentoring chartered management accountant. I help business owners to understand their accounts so that they can grow. My son, Henry, is currently in year 2 and my older daughter Isabelle also attended Holy Family. In my role as Governor, I would like to support the school in ensuring all children receive the best education whilst underpinned by faith. 

Mrs Ewa Bradford - Foundation Governor

My name is Ewa Bradford and I have three sons- two at St Mary's Catholic Academy and one at Holy Family. I work at Holy family playgroup and I hope to support the school as a foundation governor. 

Father David Burns - Foundation Governor

I am the Parish Priest in charge of both Holy Family parish and St. Bernadette's in Bispham. I am foundation Governor and RE governor on the Governing body. I am keen to support the school in providing a catholic environment for our children and their fmilies. 

Mrs Cheryl Spencer - Foundation Governor

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Mrs Sarah Cookson - Parent Governor

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Miss Sadie Brumwell - Foundation Governor

I currently work with children and young people with mental health issues, whilst also supporting their parents. I am a practising member of Holy Family Church and hope to support the school in any way possible, including First Holy Communion classes.

Mrs Gemma Unsworth - Staff Governor

Hi, I’m Gemma Unsworth and I have worked as the EYFS teacher, PE Coordinator and EYFS/KS1 Manager at Holy Family for over 10 years. I am new to our team of Governors and I’m looking forward to becoming involved in another aspect of school life. I absolutely love my job and I am extremely proud of our team  at Holy Family. I am particularly interested in play-based learning and Physical Education.

Mrs Emma Allonby - Head Teacher

I am Emma Allonby, Head teacher Governor. I had the privilege of becoming the Head here at Holy Family in 2022.I enjoy working with the Governors, parents and parish to provide the best Catholic centred education for all pupils.

Mrs Danielle Bowater - Clerk to the Governors

I work for the Local Authority, Governor Services. I support Governors by taking minutes of their meetings and providing advice on governance. I have worked for the service since November 2018 and support a number of different schools and academies in Blackpool. I am really looking forward to working with Holy Family School.

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