Our Governors

The role of the Governing Body
The DfE lists the three core functions of a governing body as:

Ensuring clarity of vision ethos and strategic direction
Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

St Philips Arundel – Governors’ Strategic Vision 2019-2024 

Voluntary Aided Status
As governors of a voluntary aided school, the governors have additional responsibilities:
Admissions authority
Employer of staff
Raising the 10% shortfall in the capital expenditure budget allocated by the Local Authority

The Governing Body of St Philip’s is a vital component in the successful running of our school. This committee of dedicated volunteers is involved in decisions about all aspects of the school’s operation and management, such as the buildings and budgets, staff welfare and setting school standards and policies.

Governor vacancies are published within the school community whenever they arise.

Vacancy: Foundation Governor

Foundation governors are appointed by the Bishop to serve as his representatives on the governing body of diocesan schools to ensure the Church’s mission is upheld.

Governors have oversight of the curriculum and the appointment of staff and are accountable for the performance of the school. They have a strategic role to play as well as acting as a critical friend to the headteacher.

Governing bodies need people with a mixture of skills and experience Training is provided to help governors fulfil this very important role.

If you are interested please contact our Clerk to the Governors at lscorgie@spcpsarundel.co.uk for more details or visit the Diocesan website at https://www.abdiocese.org.uk/education/governance

Minutes for all Governor meetings are available upon request.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Governor, please contact: Clerk to the Governors, via the office: 01903 882115.

  • Our Chair of Governors is Denise Jenkins
  • Our Vice Chair of Governors is Fiona Gardiner
  • Our Clerk to Governors is Lesley-anne Scorgie

In addition to Full Governing Body Membership, every governor is a member of one of the two Committees; Teaching and Learning and Resources.

Teaching and Learning Membership

Fiona Gardiner – Chair
Nikki Burgess – Vice Chair
Fiona Gardiner, Nikki Burgess, Lucy Horne, Cora Gillies, Catherine Bradley, Clare Fecher and Claire Fairlie.

The Teaching and Learning committee takes particular responsibility for the following areas:

Assessment, Curriculum, Pupil Welfare; Attendance and Behaviour, Special Needs, Gifted and Talented

Resources Membership

Faye Childerhouse – Chair
Pauline Allen – Vice Chair
Faye Childerhouse,Denise Jenkins, Canon David, Dan McNamara, Pauline Allen, Carole de Silva and Lucy Horne.

The Resources Committee takes particular responsibility for the following areas:

Finance, Staffing, Premises, Health and Safety, Marketing , the Website General Resources including I.T.

Click on the names below to expand and find out a little bit more about each of our Governors

Lucy Horne - Headteacher, appointed September 2014
I am Mrs Lucy Horne and as Headteacher I sit on all the Governing Body Committees. The skills I bring to the Board are those of Professional Educational Leadership and a wide experience of other schools. I really enjoy working with the other Governors to ensure that the strategic direction for the school is clearly understood by all and that this impacts on the outcomes for all of the pupils, staff and wider community.
Denise Jenkins- Chair of Governors - Foundation Governor, appointed in November 2021

I am Denise Jenkins and a mother of four daughters. My family are members of Bognor & Slindon Parish. Originally from County Armagh in the North of Ireland, we moved to the area in 2015 with my husband`s job, having previously lived overseas for almost 10 years.

I feel very privileged to serve St Philips as a Foundation Governor. My youngest daughter was a student here and excelled and thrived in this wonderful school family.   

My work background is in Finance & HR and I hope to use my skill set to support the Headteacher and all the staff, in partnership with parents and the local community to deliver an outstanding education for all our children here at St.Philip’s.

Daniel McNamara - Foundation Governor, appointed in September 2021
My name is Dan McNamara, I am delighted to have been appointed a Foundation Governor from September 2021. My children attend the school and every day I see the school’s mission to be a community inspire by Christ lived out. My work background is in charity business development and marketing, and I hope these skills can be put to good use in being a critical friend to St Philp’s leadership. With my family we worship at Bognor Regis & Slindon Catholic parish. ​”.
Catherine Bradley - Foundation Governor, appointed in September 2021
I am Catherine Bradley and I am delighted to have been appointed as a foundation Governor for St Philip’s. I am member of the Parish community at Arundel Cathedral where I have been a welcomer and steward since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, my three older children are choristers. I have 5 children, the eldest finished year 6 in 2021 and I hope that my youngest will start in 2022. My children have enjoyed the learning opportunities, extra-curricular activities and caring family atmosphere at St Philip’s over the years and it is wonderful to watch them grow in knowledge and faith nurtured by the school.

I work as a psychiatrist at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester where I specialise in treating adults of working age, during my training I gained experience in addictions, social and forensic psychiatry as well as psychotherapy. Through my work I have experience in mental health law, child and adult safeguarding, clinical research, service development, recruitment and line management all which I feel have provided me with useful transferable skills for the role of school governor. I have recently trained as an accredited RSE educator which has enabled me to better understand the current government guidance on this as well as some of the challenges facing our young people.

Pauline Allen - Foundation Governor, appointed in September 2021
I am Mrs Pauline Allen MBE and I am very proud to say I was a pupil at St Philip’s. I am also involved with HomeStart, various other Trusts and the NSPCC, and serve on the boards of Ford Prison and the Immigration Detention Centre at Gatwick Airport. I am interested in all aspects of education and especially enjoy the direct contact with the children and seeing the excellent facilities and teaching on offer at St Philip’s.
Nikki Burgess - Parent Governor, elected by parents, re-appointed in September 2019
I am Nicola Burgess and mother to four children. Our daughter and youngest son are at St Philip’s and our two eldest boys have now left and go to St Philip Howard in Barnham. We attend St Richard’s Church in Slindon where we were married and our children were Baptised and where our eldest boys are now altar servers.

I think St Philip’s is a wonderful school and I am delighted to be part of the governing body ensuring not only our schools bright future but also the growth, happiness and personal success of all our children.

Mrs Burgess is also employed at the school.

Canon David Parmiter - Foundation Governor - appointed in January 2021
I am Canon David and I am a Foundation Governor at St Philip’s. Having studied at St. Bernadette’s and Cardinal Newman Schools in Brighton and Hove and then at Brighton Polytechnic I worked in Human Resources for East Sussex County Council. After a few years I discerned a call to be a Priest and completed my formation at the Venerable English College in Rome. I was ordained for this Diocese in 2003 and served in St. Joseph’s, Redhill, Our Lady of Ransom, Eastbourne, St. Dunstan’s, Woking. My first Parish as Parish Priest was St. Mary Magdalene’s, Bexhill, then St. Edmund’s, Godalming and now the Cathedral Parish. I have worked in schools as a Priest Chaplain and Governor both in primary and secondary schools, roles which I have and continue to enjoy very much. I look forward to continuing work with St. Philip’s both as Parish Priest and Governor.
Cora Gillies- Foundation Governor, appointed in September 2021
My name is Cora Gillies. I am delighted to have been appointed a Foundation Governor at St. Philip’s from September 2017. Having been a teacher for over 30 years in Catholic schools, I feel I bring experience, knowledge and understanding to my role as governor. I very much look forward to supporting the Headteacher, staff and pupils of St. Philip’s Catholic Primary School. I am the Governor nominated to oversee the RE provision within the school.
Fiona Gardiner- Local Authority Governor , appointed in September 2021
My name is Fiona Gardiner and I am the Local Authority Governor at St Philip’s. I have a daughter at St Philip’s and a daughter who attends St Philip Howard.

I work as a Solicitor practising mainly in Education and Employment law, advising schools and other clients around the County.

I feel honoured to have been appointed by the School and Local Authority to fulfil this Governor role. I hope to use my skills and professional knowledge to contribute to the effective governance of the School and support the Headteacher in delivering an outstanding school experience for the whole school community.

Claire Fairlie - Staff Governor elected by staff in July 2018
My name is Claire Fairlie. I joined St Philip’s School in September 2013 as the class teacher for Year Six. I am proud and happy to be a part of this school community. I look forward to supporting Mrs Horne and the Governors in realising their shared vision for the school as a successful and inclusive place of learning. ​I hope that my experience of teaching in other schools and settings will enable me to make a valuable contribution as Staff Governor to St Philip’s School community.
Faye Childerhouse - Parent Governor, appointed in September 2018
I was appointed as a Parent Governor in 2018. I aim to bring an independent perspective to the workings of St Philip’s. My educational experience stems from being a mother of three. Prior to becoming a mother, I co-founded, managed and sold an edtech language learning company in partnership with a Trust at the University of Cambridge. I now consult for a global insurance company in London, and own a loose leaf tea shop in the center of Arundel.

I believe all children should cherish and enjoy learning in a safe and well managed primary school. We need to ensure children are emotionally balanced, have high aspirations and drive and become the very best they can be. I will utilize my skills to help St Philip’s continually improve.

Clare Fecher - Foundation Governor, appointed in July 2019
My name is Claire Fecher, appointed as a foundation Governor at St Philip’s in July 2019. I have over 40 years experience of teaching age groups from eight years through to adult.  In addition to teaching in a school, I have recent experience of teaching adults with mental health issues and those in recovery from substance misuse. In addition I have provided additional support in literacy, numeracy and special needs in further education.

Our Lady of England Church, Storrington is my parish church where I am a Eucharistic Minister.

Carole deSilva - Associate Governor
I am the School Business Manager and have been in role since 2007. I look after the finances for the school and ensure the Governors know what money the school has in its budget and how this is used effectively. I am an Associate Governor on the Resources Committee only.

GOVERNING BODY OF St Philip’s Catholic Primary School  Our Governing Body consists of 12 members and operates  with two committees

Click here for the Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body

Click here for the attendance of Governors for the previous year

Click here for the St Philip’s ‘Instrument of Government’

Click here to find out more about becoming a Foundation Governor.

Click here to see the Governors Code of Conduct

Click here to see the Register of Business Interests