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St Francis Catholic Primary School, Morley

Together in truth and faith we learn and grow as God's family.

Highcliffe Road, Leeds,
West Yorkshire LS27 9LX

0113 323 0554

Fax: 0113 253 8141

Mr Edwin Kirkwood


 Edwin rejoined Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in 2009, having previously been a Foundation Governor for 10 years up to 2000.  He was elected Chair of Governors in 2010.


Born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne, he is a retired chartered accountant who specialised for many years in insolvency matters.  He moved to Morley with his family in 1987 and his three children, now grown up, all attended St Francis.  His wife, Wendy, was also a member of staff for many years.


An active member of the parish, he is perhaps best known in the community as an active Leader in local Scouting and a longstanding member of Morley Amateur Operatic Society, with his Pantomime appearances better recalled by many of our children than his School role.

Canon John Galvin

Foundation Governor

I was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire 1949 and educated in local and church schools.

I entered Ushaw College 1969 and was ordained a priest June 1974.

I have worked in various parishes of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds since ordination.

I am Dean of Leeds South & West 2007 to 2017, Canon of the Cathedral chapter and a member of the College of Consultors.


Mrs O Pearson

Staff Governor

My name is Olivia Pearson and I am the staff governor.

I currently teach year 6 but since joining the teaching staff at St Francis in September 2011, I have taught in years 4, 5 and 6. Teaching at St Francis is a very rewarding and enjoyable job - it is a wonderful school which I am very proud to be a part of.

I have been the staff governor since May 2016 and I have enjoyed taking on this new role.

  Mrs Claire Malone

Foundation Governor

I have three children in school, the youngest of whom is in the School Nursery.  With a vested interest in St Francis’ for many years to come, I wanted to become actively involved and volunteer in some way by making an active contribution to my children's education and schooling.

I currently work as a Consultant Property Solicitor which provides me with a great deal of flexibility to be involved with school drop offs and collections (often the most stressful parts of the day!).  I hope to be able to use my professional experience in the legal and financial sectors to be an effective Parent Governor.  I have already discovered that my background has helped me to assimilate the large volumes of documentation and correspondence frequently involved as a member of the Governing Body.

I have been impressed at how welcome my children feel at St. Francis’, the strong Catholic ethos that the school embodies, the outstanding care shown to the children, and the school’s consistently high standards of education.  I hope to be able to help support the direction and continued development of the School to provide the best teaching and learning experience for all pupils.



Mrs Angela Walker

Foundation Governor


Dr Philip Brooke

Foundation Governor/Vice Chair



 Mr Richard Lambert

Parent Governor

Hi, My name is Richard Lambert and I was elected as Parent Governor in March 2017 and more recently as Foundation Governor in September 2018. I currently have 2 children in school and one who has recently moved on to secondary, all of whom enjoy their St Francis time has been a big part of our family lives for the past 8 years and will be for many years to come.

Outside of School responsibilities I work for Lloyds Bank in the Business Banking side of the group and in my spare time enjoy playing football and helping to coach a local girls football team. 

I am committed to helping provide a safe, stimulating and successful school experience for every pupil at St Francis and help build on the good work done to date by the staff & Governors (past and present).