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 Lay-Chaplain to enrich pastoral care

David Hannett (39) has joined Blessed William Howard Catholic High School as the new Lay Chaplain.  David is a former pupil of the Stafford school who has been heavily involved with the Youth Service since leaving in 1993. 

His role within student support services will focus on providing pastoral care and developing students’ religious experience and spiritual well-being whilst at the school.


With a degree in Youth and Community Work, as well as 12 years of experience in the field, David brings a wealth of knowledge to the role. Not only has he worked with students of all ages at retreat centres including Soli House (Stratford-upon Avon) and Alton Castle, he also worked for OneLife Music, a company that delivers retreats in schools throughout the country.

David’s back catalogue also includes more commercial roles such as recruitment consultant, sales manager and running his own local business, giving him a wider skill base to draw upon in his new role.

“I have always had a passion for working with young people. In particular I enjoy helping them to examine and develop their own faith, allowing them to grow into caring and compassionate individuals.I am delighted to now be a position to do this in a school that I once attended.” commented David.

One of David’s first challenges is to raise funds to allow a group of Blessed William Howard students to attend a pilgrimage to Lourdes in May.