St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School

St Wilfrid's
Catholic Primary School


The School's Governing Body is made up of parents, parishioners and school staff who all share the common interest of our children's education. School governors are volunteers who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They do not need to be education experts or have formal qualifications. As well as benefitting children's education, being a governor can be an incredibly enriching experience for parents and members of the local community. 

The duties of governors include:

  • Protecting the School's distinctive Catholic character
  • Holding the headteacher to account for standards and achievement
  • Setting the aims and ethos of the school
  • The admission of pupils
  • Ensuring that a robust framework is in place for setting curriculum priorities and aspirational targets 
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
  • The maintenance and repair of the building
  • Monitoring and evaluating the school’s performance
  • Approval, monitoring and accounting for the budget allocated to the school
  • Ensuring proper provision is made for pupils with different abilities and needs, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school.
  • Staffing levels 




Foundation Governors are appointed in the name of the Bishop and form the majority of the governing body. They have a legal duty to preserve and develop the Catholic character of the school and to ensure that the school is conducted in accordance with its trust deed.  Local Authority Governors are appointed by West Sussex County Council, the Parent Governors are appointed by parent election and the Staff Governors by staff election. If you are interested in becoming a governor please contact the office who will be able to inform you of any vacancies. 

St Wilfrid’s is a Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School.

The running costs of voluntary aided schools, like those of other state-maintained schools, are fully paid by central government via the local authority. They differ from other maintained schools in that only 90% of their capital costs are met by the state, with the school's Governors responsible for raising the remaining 10%. These funds have to come largely from parents.  Donation forms are available from the office.

We ask each family, where they are able, to contribute £36 a year to the Governors’ Fund. This helps pay for the essential upkeep and development of the buildings.

The Governors’ Fund is entirely separate from money raised by The Friends Association, which is used for ‘extras’ such as the wildlife area and updated computer equipment for the new Learning Resource Centre and new play equipment.

How are the governors organised?

The full governing body meets three times a year and the Annual General Meeting is held in September.

There are non-statutory committees which meet termly and make recommendations to the Full Governing Board, each have a quorum of 3:

Strategy Team  (convened as and when necessary)

Portia Ray, Josie Hall and Natalie McCarthy

Staffing, Pay and Appraisal

Portia Ray, Robert Marr (Chair), Jane Taylor, Richard Lucy, Natalie McCarthy

Curriculum and Special Needs

Portia Ray, Desiree Forde-Gaskin (Co-Chair), Josie Hall (Co-Chair), Natalie McCarthy, Emily Hibberd

Finance and General Purposes, including Health & Safety

Portia Ray, Tony Moger, Dan Sibley (Chair), Natalie McCarthy, Philip McGuiness,

Andy Hill

There are also statutory committees:

Pupil Admissions

Portia Ray, Andy Hill

Exclusion Review 

A quorum of 3 governors drawn from any eligible non-staff governors excluding Chair of Governors

Staff Dismissal and Appeals Committee

A quorum of 3 governors drawn from any eligible non-staff governors excluding Chair & Vice-Chair

Headteacher’s Performance Review Panel

Jane Taylor, Portia Ray, Robert Marr

Complaints Panel

A quorum of 3 governors drawn from any eligible non-staff governors excluding Chair of Governors 

Governor Code of Conduct 


 Committee Attendance Sept 2021-2022

Committee Attendance Sept 2022-2023

Financial Benchmarking

You can view a school or academy trust's financial data, see how it compares with others via's Financial Benchmarking website.

To view the financial data for St Wilfrid's and how our expenditure compares with other schools please visit here


If you would like to contact the governors please send an email to the school office or if preferable, send a letter in a sealed envelope which will be handed directly to the Clerk of Governors. The Governors have up to 5 school days to acknowledge receipt of any correspondence. 

We currently have vacancies for 3 foundation governors and 1 co-opted governors  – if you are interested in joining our governing body, please contact us for further details.

To contact the governors please email

Meet the governors 

Foundation Governors 

Portia Ray - Chair & Foundation Governor 

Portia has two children who both attended St Wilfrid’s.  Portia is a doctor working in A&E and at the local hospice with no other business or financial interests. She is not a governor at any other school.

Date of Appointment – March 2012, renewed March 2016, renewed March 2020

Appointment ends March 2024

Monitoring Areas – SEND, Languages, Citizenship, PHSE, RSE, SSCR


Robert Marr  - Co Vice-Chair & Foundation Governor

Robert works in education as the Deputy Headteacher of a Catholic Comprehensive Secondary School.  He has no specific financial responsibility.  Rob is an associate governor at the school where he is Deputy Headteacher.  He does not have voting rights in that role.

Date of Appointment – March 2012, renewed March 2016, renewed April 2020

Appointment ends April 2024

Monitoring Area – Pupil Premium, Vulnerable Children, Assessment


Desiree Forde-Gaskin  - Link & Foundation Governor

Desiree works in a senior management role, which involves all aspects of management duties, including finance.  Desiree has worked as an emergency nurse for over 26 years, over 20 of which have been at senior level in Autonomous Practice.  Desiree does not hold any other governance position at any other school. 

Date of Appointment – November 2018, renewed November 2022

Appointment ends- November 2026

Monitoring Area – RE, Catholic Ethos

Natalie McCarthy - Headteacher & Foundation Governor


Date of Appointment - September 2022



Josie Hall - Foundation Governor 

Josie has two children who attended St Wilfrid’s and became a parent governor in 2016.  Josie works in education as a Senior Leader in a comprehensive secondary school in Brighton, she has no other business or financial interests. She is not a governor at any other school.  

Date of Appointment – June 2020

Appointment ends - June 2024

Monitoring Areas - Curriculum, English

Tony Moger - Foundation Governor 

Tony works in IT as a Network Designer, primarily in the aviation/air transport industry. Tony works on different types of projects with a focus mainly on large scale infrastructure works. Tony is not a governor at any other school.

Date of Appointment – June 2020

Appointment ends June 2024

Monitoring Area – Health & Safety, Science, Computing

Richard Lucy - Foundation Governor

Richard has a child currently at St Wilfrid’s and 2 older children who attended St Peter’s in Henfield and went on to St Paul’s Catholic College.  He has been a financial adviser for over 18 years and has previously served on St Peter’s PTA for several years, including a term as Chair.  Richard also served in the Army Reserves for 13 years. Richard is not a governor at any other school.

Date of Appointment - January 2023

Appointment ends - January 2027

Monitoring Areas - DT, ECT/Teacher CPD


 Co-Opted Governors 

Philip McGuinness - Co-Opted Governor & Treasurer

Philip is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants with over twenty years’ experience of general management and financial planning.  He has also enjoyed the benefit of having three sons attend St Wilfrid’s.  Phil is not a governor at any other school.


Date of Appointment – March 2021

Appointment ends - March 2025

Monitoring Areas – Maths



 Local Authority Governor 

Dan Sibley - Local Authority Governor

(Previously Co-opted governor)

Dan is an experienced commercial banker having worked in the financial sector for c 10 years.  Dan has worked for the National Westminster PLC for c 8 years and holds the position of a Senior Relationship Manager.  This involves managing a portfolio of SME clients and attracting new ones.  Dan is also a member of the Chartered Banker Institute and a Co-opted member of the Executive Council of the Gatwick Diamond Business.

Date of Appointment as Local Authority Governor - March 2021

Appointment Ends - March 2025

Monitoring Areas - Early Years Foundation Stage, PE


Emily Hibberd - Staff Governor

Emily is staff governorEmily has taught at St. Wilfrid's for two years and is currently working as a Year 6 teacher. She trained at the University of Brighton and was appointed following a teaching placement at St Wilfrid's.

Date of Appointment - September 2022

Appointment Ends - September 2026



Parent Governor 

Jane Taylor - Parent Governor  & Co Vice-Chair

Jane works in a Learning and Development role within a regulatory body, working at arms length from the Home Office. She has over 20 years’ experience in HR, focusing in more recent years on the learning and development side. She currently has a child attending St Wilfrid’s and became a parent governor in January 2021.  Jane is not a governor at any other school.

Date of Appointment - February 2021

Appointment Ends - February 2025

Monitoring Areas  - Safeguarding, Art, Music

Safeguarding Governor

Andrew Hill - Parent Governor

Andy has nearly 15 years’ experience in local government finance and governance, gained working at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. He is based at Brighton & Hove City Council where he works for a regional partnership that includes six local authorities, the South Downs National Park Authority and the two universities in Brighton. Andy has three children, two of whom are currently at St Wilfrid’s and became a parent governor in May 2022. Andy is not a governor at any other school. 

Date of Appointment - May 2022

Appointment Ends - May 2026

Monitoring Area - History, Geography