At Eden governors, staff, parents and young people work as a team, building success, in an atmosphere of care where everyone feels valued.  We are immensely proud of the standards our pupils achieve across the curriculum.

The strong partnership, which already exists between the school, its partner schools and local community, underpins the ethos, which is so characteristic of Eden School.  The change that many young people, from Primary age through to Year 11, undergo at Eden is truly amazing.  This is due to the high expectations, hard work and relationship building of ALL the staff.  If you are, in any way in doubt, spend some time looking at all the amazing opportunities on offer to all the young people on the website.

As Governors we become involved with a variety of issues including finance, pupil welfare,  building/grounds maintenance and staff appointments. However, without a doubt, we consider that our most important role is to monitor the welfare and education of the pupils.

Governors are appointed to ensure that objectives are met and that planning for the future is both visionary and realistic. We are here to support and challenge the Headteacher and all school personnel so that children have access to an enriched education and the opportunities they deserve.

With best wishes,

Jemma Stuttard
Chair of Governors


Jemma Stuttard – Chair of Governors

I am proud to be Chair of the Governors for Eden School. As a headteacher of a primary school in Lancashire, I am extremely passionate about teaching and learning, with inclusion being at the heart of this. I have extensive knowledge and experience of senior leadership, school performance, finance, safeguarding and building projects. I am honoured to be part of a committed governing body who are actively involved in the life of the school working alongside staff, families and the community to ensure our pupils receive an enriching and inspiring curriculum which prepares them for a successful transition into education, employment and training at the end of Year 11.

Sharon Roscoe – Governor 

As Chief Executive of the EPT, Sharon project managed the successful opening of The Heights Blackburn, Eden School and The Heights Burnley. She led the academy conversions for Coal Clough Academy and Pleckgate High School and more recently the re-brokerage and transfer of Atherton High School and Burnley High School into the EPT. Sharon was formerly chief executive of the Education Improvement Partnership (EIP), a formal collaboration between all secondary phase schools in Blackburn with Darwen which raised educational outcomes, developed business links and delivered national education conferences. She was Vice Chair of the governing body for a primary school which was judged as outstanding by Ofsted. Sharon worked as Strategic Manager (Operations) for CXL and Area Manager for Connexions Lancashire Ltd. She graduated as MBA in 2011 from Lancaster University.

Vannessa Knowles – Governor 

Vannessa Knowles has 24 years teaching experience and has recently been appointed as Headteacher of St Edward’s Darwen, a good school with outstanding features with outstanding provision for pupil welfare.   She has worked as a member of SLT for over 15 years including deputy, at a local North West school praised for its progress and attainment  (top 2% of schools nationally – Nick Gibb Education Minister)

Melanie Thomas  – Governor 

Melanie is the Fundraising and Communication Coordinator at Blackburn Youth Zone, she has worked there for over 6 years. Melanie has worked in the voluntary, educational and public sector. She obtained a degree in Marketing Management at Manchester University in 2016. Melanie recently received the prestigious award for the ‘Rising Star’ at the Blackburn with Darwen Hive Awards. Melanie has a passion for cohesion, raising aspirations and improving health and wellbeing for the young people throughout Blackburn with Darwen.

Angela Taylor – Governor 

Angela is deputy headteacher at St.Bede’s RC High School which is judged as a good school by Ofsted. She is lead for teaching and learning across the school and has responsibility for newly qualified teachers, staff development and performance management. Angela has designed and led leadership programmes, including the NPQML and NPQSL and is qualified in the NPQH. Angela is a specialist leader of education (SLE) for teaching and learning and has extensive knowledge and experience in working with other schools to raise standards.

Damian Howarth – Governor 

Damian is the Technology Manager for Lancashire County Council’s Customer Access Service. He has worked for the County Council for over 4 years leading on a variety of projects looking at ways to improve the service and its reputation. Damian is responsible for providing and implementing detailed designs for major projects, engaging with all stakeholders and successfully project managing, with the support of a Project Engineer, a new telecom infrastructure for social services.Damian is also responsible for the continuous improvement and innovation of technical solutions to the public sector to ensure efficiency and productivity of the installation, sub-contractor, service and technical teams.Previous to this, Damian worked for 3 years as an English Teacher at one of Thailand’s leading private schools, Assumption Sriracha.

Victoria Tarren – Staff Governor

Vicky has been a member of staff for 3 years at Eden, beginning her career with Eden in an administration role she quickly realised she was passionate about directly working with pupils and parents. Vicky soon became the Attendance Officer and Parent Liaison for Eden. As a staff governor Vicky enjoys supporting the leadership and management for the school through contributing in a positive way to key decisions and discussions, valuing the professional development the role of a governor brings. Vicky enjoys being a member of staff and part of the governing body at Eden particularly because of the shared vision for wanting the best for the pupils and the collaboration and support in place that is invaluable. Outside of school Vicky has 3 daughters and loves spending time with her family.

Click the links below to download the following statutory information regarding our Governing Body:

Chair of Governors contact details

Name: Jemma Stuttard

Address: Education Partnership Trust, Pleckgate Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 8QA

“Eden is a life-transforming school where we provide the best education for young people who have complex social, emotional and mental health needs.”

Jen Ashworth, Headteacher