Establishment St James' Church of England Primary School Blackburn

URN: 119502

Voluntary aided school

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Earl Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 8EG
Local authority
Blackburn with Darwen (889)
Headteacher / Principal
Mr Doug Stitcher
Phase of education
School type
Voluntary aided school
Gender of entry
URN: 119502, DfE number: 889/3468
UKPRN: 10073446
Establishment status
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Ofsted rating
Good (Last inspection: 13 June 2017)
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Religious character
Church of England
Diocese of Blackburn
No boarders
Nursery provision
Has Nursery Classes
Official sixth form
Does not have a sixth form
Number of pupils
Open date
Not recorded
Reason establishment opened
Not applicable
Closed date
Not recorded
Reason establishment closed
Not applicable
Special classes
No Special Classes
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Date last changed / confirmed
19 November 2021
Type of SEN provision
Type of resourced provision
Not recorded
Resourced provision number on roll
Resourced provision capacity
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit number on roll
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit capacity
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Chair of governors

Chair of governors
Name Appointed by From To
John Duckworth Appointed by GB/board 21 September 2017 31 August 2025


Name Appointed by From To
Erika Holmes Appointed by GB/board 16 September 2021 15 September 2025
Janet Chester Appointed by foundation/Trust 22 September 2016 31 August 2024
Garth Hodgkinson Appointed by LA 5 December 2019 5 December 2023
Uzma Laher Elected by parents 30 September 2019 30 September 2023
Carol Coombes Appointed by foundation/Trust 3 September 2015 3 September 2023
Michael Duckworth Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 30 September 2016 4 July 2023
James Cameron Elected by school staff 23 April 2019 23 April 2023
Alison Spencer Appointed by foundation/Trust 29 October 2018 29 October 2022
Doug Stitcher Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 1 January 2021 Not recorded
Sarah Gill Ex-officio foundation governor (appointed by foundation by virtue of the office they hold) 18 November 2019 Not recorded

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Shabbir Adam Governor Elected by parents 19 October 2017 19 October 2021
Sadiq Patel Governor Appointed by GB/board 17 March 2017 8 July 2021
Tracie Harrison Governor Appointed by GB/board 28 February 2017 28 February 2021
Philip John Morgan Governor Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 1 September 2007 31 December 2020
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Government office region (GOR)
North West
Blackburn with Darwen
Shear Brow & Corporation Park
Parliamentary constituency
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban city and town
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Middle super output area (MSOA)
Blackburn with Darwen 004
Lower super output area (LSOA)
Blackburn with Darwen 004D
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Age range

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School capacity

The number of pupil places the establishment can accommodate.

Free school meals

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