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St Wulstan's & St Edmund's Catholic Academy

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Meet our Governors

Maria Doherty (Foundation Governor/Chair of Governors)

I have been a foundation governor for seven years and became Chair of Governors in November 2020.

I am a very active member of our parish and secretary to the Parish Pastoral Council. I am married and have two sons who both attended this school, many years ago! I retired as Deputy Headteacher in 2015 after working for over 35 years at this school and became a volunteer, working mostly, in the school library. I was delighted to be asked to become a foundation governor in 2017 to continue to serve the school community that I love. As a member of a very supportive governing body, I support the school in many ways, with particular involvement with SEND, and R.E. I am the nominated governor for Nursery.

My role as Chair of Governors also involves meeting regularly with the Headteacher, offering a ‘listening ear’ as needed. 

I hope to continue to support our school as we move forward from strength to strength.


Samantha Solloway(Headteacher)

I have been a headteacher for eight years and joined Saint Wulstan's and Saint Edmund's Catholic Academy on 8th April 2024. I have taught in Fleetwood and the surrounding areas for much of my career which started in 2004. Through this time I have built up a strong affinity for the people of Fleetwood and for the local Parish of Saint Wulstan's. I am excited to continue my journey with this amazing school.


Lauren Breakell(Staff Governor)

I am a former pupil of St Wulstan’s and St Edmund's and have been a teacher here for over nine years. I have a three-year-old daughter who also attends the nursery at St Wulstan’s and St Edmund’s. We are also part of St Wulstan’s parish.  During my time at St Wulstan’s and St Edmund’s I have taught in Key stage one and two, I am currently teaching in year 3. I am also coordinator for Religious Education and history within school.  This is my first year as staff governor and I am proud to be part of the governing body. St Wulstan’s is very close to my heart so I am excited to take on a key role in our journey towards greatness! 


Angela Cole (Foundation Governor)


Emma Collins (Parent Governor)


Karen Glass (Foundation Governor / Vice Chair of Governors)
I attended Saint Wulstan’s School myself in the 1960’s and I am so grateful for the education they gave me to go forward with my life. My two children also attended the School and was always encouraged by the staff to do as well as they were able. I now have two grandchildren who in a couple of years will also be attending the school.  The staff at St Wulstan’s and St Edmund’s are fantastic and want only the best for all the children who attend the school. I have worked in social housing in the area for over 20 years and have always been active in the community to make the life of children better and fuller and also give them encouragement to go forward with their futures.


Mike Harding (Foundation Governor)

 I am a former pupil of St Wulstan’s ( many years ago) and my children attended St Edmund’s school so I have a bit of history with both of the schools that merged in 2004 to become St Wulstan’s and St Edmund’s.  I also currently have two grand-daughters attending the school with more to come. So, I have a great deal of affection for the school and every incentive to ensure that it is the best that it can possibly be. I am in my second, four year term as a foundation governor. It is a privilege to be in this position and, together with my fellow governors, oversee and support the fantastic work being carried out on behalf of our children and families by Mrs Barnes and her team. I’m also an active parishioner and regularly attend Mass at St Wulstan’s – pandemic permitting. Away from school I am a very keen supporter of Fleetwood Town & an armchair fan of Liverpool FC. Now retired, I was formerly a Civil Servant spending many happy years at Hesketh House before moving into the world of Information Technology. I worked for various public and private sector employers before finally taking early retirement in 2013. I then spent a further six years working for my wife in her small business – I’m sure that you can work out which employment had the most demanding boss!!


Father Alf Hayes(Foundation Governor)

I was ordained into the priesthood in 1972 and became the Parish Priest for St Wulstan's and St Edmund's in 2009.  I am one of the founding members of the Fleetwood Trust and am committed to the development of the Hospital project and the community hub. I helped develop and promote the Foodbank that has been a great support for people in food poverty. I visit the school regularly in my pastoral role and celebrate Mass and other liturgies with the children on a regular basis.


Deborah Parker (Foundation Governor)


Faye Scott (Parent Governor)


Jack Stanney (Foundation Governor)


Steve Wetherill (Co-opted Governor)