Welcome and Contact Details

Welcome to Cedars Primary School.


Thank you for giving me the opportunity to lead Cedars (this academic year) in Mrs Truman's absence. I am excited about the current academic year and all the opportunities that will be presented to us as a school.


As most of you are well aware, I have been a deputy head at Cedars for 6 years now. Prior to that, I have worked in schools, in different capacities for over 30 years.


My career started at 16 when I started on the NNEB course at Leabank College in Rawtenstall. On completing my NNEB, I worked as a nanny (in America) during the summer of 1988. The following September, I started a job at WhiteAsh Special School, where I spent 5 amazing years as a nursery nurse.


During my time at WhiteAsh, I was inspired by an amazing teacher called Brenda Slater. She was instrumental in me embarking on a career in teaching.


My first year of teaching was spent at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Clayton-le-Moors. In my second year of teaching, I moved to St Thomas CofE Primary School where I had completed my final teaching practice. I worked there for 16 years as a class teacher, Phase Leader and Assistant Head.


I am now in the privileged position (for this academic year) of Acting Head at Cedars. My intention is for us to continue to work together to build upon all that we have achieved so far.


I will continue to have an open door policy so please come and chat with me if you have any ideas, questions or concerns.


As Acting Head, every decision that I make will be centred around what is best for our children at Cedars. They are at the heart of why we do what we do on a daily basis.


I look forward to facing all the challenges of this academic year (together as a team) and celebrating the achievements and hard work which you continuously demonstrate.


Many thanks


Mrs Joanne Leak 

Acting Headteacher 

Cedars Primary School

St James's Road





Mrs Joanne Leak - Acting Headteacher

Mrs Nicola Truman - (Maternity Leave) Headteacher


Mr David Geldard - Acting Deputy Headteacher  

SENCO - Inclusion Leader - Mrs Tracie Harrison 


Telephone: 01254 261609

Fax: 01254 678193


Email: office@cedars.blackburn.sch.uk

If you are a parent and have an enquiry about your child, please contact the School Office on 01254 261609.


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Picture 1 Mrs Joanne Leak - Acting Headteacher

School Prospectus 2019/20