Blessed William Howard

The Painsley Catholic Academy was established in 2012. We are the largest Catholic multi-academy company in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

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New Director of Services Appointed


Miss Lisa Bennion has been appointed to the role of Director of Services at Blessed William Howard Catholic High School.  No stranger to the issues facing secondary schools, Lisa formerly jointly ran her own business for five years, Futurism.   This was an educational consultancy with the focus on school improvement and building a network of capacity and expertise within schools to enable them to share practice nationally and internationally.  Prior to that, she worked for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.


Lisa lives in Stoke-on-Trent and takes a keen interest in fashion and travelling.  In her new role she is very driven and committed, “I aim to make sure that Blessed William Howard excels in the service it provides to current and prospective students, parents and staff with the ultimate goal of providing better life opportunities for all who leave here.” she says.

“My first impression is that this is a very friendly school with a warm and caring atmosphere of mutual respect.  I believe this puts us in a good position to ensure that the service we provide is second to none.” 


Lisa joins the school’s Senior Leadership Team with overall responsibility for all non-teaching staff.