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Local Governing Body

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 & Safeguarding Governor 

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 – Health and Safety 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  – Pupil Premium 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.

Caroline Robinson – Staff Governor

Caroline has been a Teaching Assistant at Eden school for over 2 years. She is passionate to do her absolute best for the children, ensuring that they can reach and surpass their potential and build their confidence. Caroline thoroughly enjoys her job thus taking on the role as a Governor as a fantastic extension of this, Caroline is looking forward to the challenge. Outside of school she is a Mum to 2 boys, enjoys reading, muay thai boxing, renovating the house and walking with the family dog.

Claire Davies – Governor

After leaving a career in Professional Musical Theatre Claire began working within the Education sector for Sporting NRG as a P.E and Dance co-ordinator. In 2016 she Joined Crosshill Special School which is now part of the Champion Education Trust as a Teaching Assistant level 2. In between 2016 and 2019 she undertook continued professional development and gained her QTS. Within her time at Crosshill Claire led on P.E and Learning Outside the Classroom initiatives across the school. In 2020 she joined Lotus School where she developed a new curriculum using her “out of the box” approach to help engage children back into learning. Claire has recently moved back to Crosshill school as Assistant SENCo and will be leading Forest School.


Fatima Ghiwala – Governor

Has over  seventeen years of working with children, teenagers and adults, in both Social Work and Educational Setting which has included working with children involved with the Criminal Justice System (UK), adults and children with mental health issues (UK) and children with special or additional learning needs in Middle East. Fatima has a diploma in Social Work, BA Hons in Social Work, MA Special Needs and Additional Learning and is currently in the process of registering on the Social Work England Register .

Local Governing Body Information

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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