Wayne AshtonHello and welcome from the Chair of Governors

The Governing Board

Governors are responsible for rigorously challenging the information provided by the school leadership team. We have a detailed oversight of the school’s academic, religious and social output. We know the school is in a good place and are confident that our Catholic faith is evident throughout all aspects of school life. We have a fantastic school community made up of the children, parents and carers, parish priests, SOCS, the Governing Body, and all the staff.  With everyone’s support, and under the leadership of our Headteacher Mrs Breen, the school can only continue to get better and better.

Wayne Ashton


There is an expectation for all governors to visit the school during the year to become familiar with school improvement priorities e.g. follow up staff presentations on curriculum development, equality, behaviour and learning. Governors also place a high priority on communicating with the school community and attend parent/teacher evenings and other school events, including the annual summer fair.

There is a high priority for Governors and the Diocese to attend training sessions organised by Brighton & Hove Local Authority to ensure they are able to carry out their role effectively.


There are four committees that meet:

Finance & Personnel: Alan Price (Chair), Claire Webster, Martin Augier

Curriculum and Standards: Arthur Gallagher(Chair), Paul Chalkley, Diane Crabb, Wayne Ashton, Martin Augier, Cath McLoughlin

Pupils, Parents and Community Committee: Diane Crabb (Chair), Claire Webster, Wayne Ashton, Lisa Perry

Admissions Committee: Paul Sheffield (Chair), Alan Price



Headteacher's Appraisal: Clair Rawlingson, Arthur Gallagher, Alan Price

Pupil Premium Working Party: Diane Crabb, Nigel Sheehan

Ofsted Working Party: Clair Rawlingson, Arthur Gallagher, Nigel Sheehan, Diane Crabb

Parent Forum: Wayne Ashton

Pupil Discipline: A panel of 3 members of the Governing Body will be nominated by the Chair of Governors as appropriate (not including the Headteacher)


Governors also have an area of responsibility:

Chair -Wayne Ashton

Vice Chair - Arthur Gallagher

Training Governor

RE Governor - Wayne Ashton

Well Being & Spirituality Governor

English Governor - Paul Chalkley

Maths Governor - Martin Augier

Inclusion (SEN EAL & PP) Governor - Diane Crabb

Child Protection/Safeguarding Governor - Claire Webster

Health & Safety Governor - Alan Price

Sport Governor - Paul Chalkley

Academies - Diane Crabb


Statutory Declaration: our Governor's Register of Interests, current at 6th December 2016, shows that NO members of our governing body have any business or pecuniary interests, including governance roles in other educational institutions, nor any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff, including spouses, partners and close relatives. 


To contact our governors you can email 

Click here to download the Governors' Annual Statement 2018

Click here to see the apologies to the Governors Meetings

Click here to see the agendas for main Governors Meetings


Wayne Ashton – Chair of Governors and Foundation Governor

I became a Parent Governor in autumn 2017 and quickly rose to the challenge of Chair of Governors in autumn 2018. My role and the role of all our governors is to support our leadership team, as well as holding them to account. I genuinely feel well supported by our diverse set of governors and we will be making sure our leadership team really do the best they can for the pupils entrusted to our care to create the best possible environment in the school, and ensure the best outcomes for all. I don’t work within the education system, my background is over 15 years in Corporate Business, but having two children of my own, my oldest went to Cottesmore and is now in year 10 at Cardinal Newman and my youngest is in her final year at Cottesmore, I have a vested interest in children’s education. My aim as Chair is to be able to make a positive contribution to the school and every child’s education and play an active role in maintaining its high standards and to assist in the leadership of the school to go from strength to strength. I hope you find me and all your governors approachable and accessible and on behalf of us all, it’s a real privileged to be contributing to the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school. Should there ever be things you’d like to raise, please feel free to contact me. I am happy to receive your comments and feedback. Many of the Governors are regularly in and around the school, and several of us are often in the playground at drop-off and pick-up times. If you don’t see me, you can always talk to them or pass a message for us to get in touch via the school office.

Arthur Gallagher - Vice Chair of Governors and Foundation Governor

We no longer have primary school children, as ours have grown to Cardinal Newman or beyond. However as a parishioner of the Sacred Heart I'm delighted to have the opportunity to support this great local catholic school.

I have been involved with this governing board since Autumn 2015 and the role gives me an excellent opportunity to apply my professional skills to help the school. Not only can I contribute to building a better foundation for young members of our community, but in the process I can also extend my own personal experience and faith.

I have gained experience in various committees, panels and working parties, especially Curriculum and also in Finance where I am taking on the role of chair. As Vice Chair of the board it has been great to welcome in and support our new Chair of Governors, Wayne. Together with our returning headteacher we look forward to a new era of leadership, putting the school into an ever-stronger position to support our staff as they nurture our pupils and help them to achieve in and enjoy their life ahead.






Rachel Breen - Headteacher

Alan Price - Local Authority Governor

This is my fourth year as a Governor at Cottesmore and I formally represent the Local Authority on the Board of Governors. I am the Finance Director of a technology company based in Hove. We have two children and our son attends Cardinal Newman.

Currently I Chair the Finance and Personnel Committee and sit on the Admissions Committee. The School continues to flourish both academically and spiritually and for my own part it’s a pleasure to play a small role in its development. 

Lisa Perry - Foundation Governor

I am in my fourth year as a Foundation Governor at Cottesmore, for St George's Church in Hangleton and West Blatchington.

I have recently become Chair of the Pupils, Parents, and Community Committee (PPCC) and I sit on the Finance and Personnel Committee (F&P), as I have a background in Human Resources.  I am also the Child Protection Governor.

I feel very fortunate that both of my children are attending Cottesmore, and want to help support the school in anyway I can.


Caroline Pye - Foundation Governor

I was delighted to have been nominated as a Foundation Governor for St Peters early in 2018 and to be given an opportunity to support the school. I am an Engineer at a consultancy based in Brighton and have two children, Jessica in Year 3, and Charlotte who will be starting reception in 2018.

I’m looking forward to the challenges and experience of being a Governor and have been very impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff and leadership team at the school.

I will be taking on the role of Chair of the Admissions committee and hope to continue to see the school thrive in the coming years.



Nigel Sheehan - Foundation Governor

I became a Foundation Governor at Cottesmore four years ago. I am currently the Chair of the Curriculum Committee, Pupil  Premium Working Group and previously sat on the Admissions Working Group.

I really enjoy my role as a Governor at Cottesmore and the opportunity it provides to learn about how the school functions. I continue to be hugely impressed by the dedication and professionalism of the Senior Leadership Team, all the teaching staff and all of the support staff. Through their work and the on going support of the wider school community, I am confident Cottesmore is providing a fantastic primary school experience for all our children.

I have two children at the school, Ellen in Year 5 and Finlay in Year 2. Ellen and Finlay are both thoroughly enjoying their primary school years and it is a pleasure to see them grow and develop both academically and as confident young people.


Diane Crabb - Foundation Governor

I am in my second term as foundation governor for St Peter’s church and have the role of Inclusion Governor (SEN, EAL and PP) and Academies as well as being involved in the Pupil Premium working party. In the short time I have been on the Governing body, I have been impressed at how much work and effort goes on ‘behind the scenes’ by both the staff and the governors.

It is my hope that my past experiences as an English teacher, an interest in SEN provision and a parent of children attending the school (Molly in year 6 and Beatrice in year 3, my eldest is now in year 9 of Cardinal Newman), I can support the whole school community to ensure the continued growth and success of the school and ultimately the happiness and wellbeing of our children.

Paul Chalkley - Parent Governor

I have admired Cottesmore as a parent since my first daughter started here 5 years ago, and now I am a new parent governor, I am even more impressed at how the teachers, parents and governors work so hard to ever improve the high standards.

We are lucky that we have such a great variety of opportunities for our kids and in such a caring environment.

I have enjoyed being able to join our friendly team of Governors, and I am looking forward to the next year.

Please say 'hello' or ask me any questions about the Governors; if I don’t know, I'll be happy to try and find out


Helen Tate - Associate

I was a parent governor for 2 years and have just completed my first year as a Foundation Governor for St Peter's. I am a Maths teacher at Brighton and Hove Albion and mother to Ellie (year 5) and Oliver (year 3).

Andy Thomas - Clerk to Governors

Type of Governor & Appointed by
Term of office
Mrs Rachel Kershaw
Acting Headteacher
Mrs Clair Rawlingson
St George's
1st Term
Mr Arthur Gallagher
Vice Chair
(Chair Curriculum)
Sacred Heart
1st Term
Ms Lisa Perry
St George’s
1st Term
Mr Alan Price
(Chair F & P)
Sacred Heart
1st Term
Mrs Diane Crabb
(Chair PPCC)
St Peter's
Starting: 02/08/16
Ending: 01/08/20
1st Term
Mr Paul Sheffield
(Chair Admissions)
Ending: 20/04/19
1st Term
Mr Paul Chalkley
Starting: 27/02/15
Ending: 26/02/19
1st Term
 Mr Wayne Ashton
Sacred Heart
Starting: 13/07/17
Ending: 12/07/21
1st Term
Ms Claire Webster
Sacred Heart
Starting: 07/09/17
Ending: 06/09/21
 1st Term
Mr Martin Augier
Sacred Heart
Starting: 07/09/17
Ending: 06/09/21
1st Term
Mrs Helen Tate
St Peter's
Starting: 01/09/16
Ending: 31/08/20
Mr Paul Sheffied
Starting: 21/04/15
Ending: 20/04/19
Mrs Cath McLoughlin
Starting: 07/09/17
Ending: 06/09/21
1st Term
Mr Andy Thomas
Starting: 11/10/17 
Mrs Rachel Breen
 Substantive Headteacher