St Margaret's CofE Primary School, Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean, Brighton, BN2 7HB

01273 303109

St Margaret's CE Primary School

Grace, Strength, Love


A warm welcome from the St Margaret’s Governing Body!

As members of the local community and parents, we are incredibly proud to be the Co-Chairs of Governors for St Margaret's.  

 Like many other schools, our Ofsted rating of Good reflects our story of consistent improvement. What differentiates St Margaret’s however, is our people. The children who we are so lucky to have in our care are safe, valued, respected and seen as individuals - individuality that is encouraged to develop and grow throughout the formative primary school years. Teachers, Staff and Governors alike do not under estimate the faith you as parents put in us to provide the best possible education for your child and discharge that incredible responsibility with distinction. 

 Our vision is to provide academic and personal excellence for every child every day which is underpinned by Christian values and Gods guidance. By living those values, we are experienced in welcoming children from al diverse walks of life, from all socio-economic backgrounds, of all faiths and none. We pride ourselves on our belief that every child has the right to access education and learn in a healthy, happy environment conducive to learning academically, but also socially through high quality pastoral care and extra-curricular activities. 

St Margaret's has an unbroken record of success in preparing children for secondary education and benefits from strong affiliate links with a wide range of secondary schools In Brighton and Hove and East Sussex, including Cardinal Newman, Longhill, Priory and PCS to name but a few. We have close links with Roedean school and are part of their Junior Roedean Academy programme. Several of our former pupils have transferred to Roedean, LOGs or Brighton College in recent years, the vast majority of which attend there on Scholarships won.

Over recent years 100% of our pupils have been successful in their application for their first choice secondary school. So when the time comes for your child to leave St Margaret’s and continue their journey into secondary education, you can be safe in the knowledge that the freedom to choose the right school for your child is within your gift. 

We look forward to welcoming your children into St Margaret’s. I hope you will enjoy watching them flourish and grow throughout their primary education as much as we will.  

 Vanessa Britton and Niall Howell

About our governors 

Governors work with senior leaders in setting the strategic direction of the school and in raising standards of achievement.  We have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • 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.

The Governing Body is made up of the Headteacher, Foundation Governors (who are appointed by the Diocese), elected Parents/Carers, an elected staff Governor, a Local Authority appointed Governor and a Co-opted Governor.

Governors both support and challenge the Headteacher, so need to gain an understanding of the school’s overall performance in order to explain its decisions and actions.  We do this by attending regular meetings, carrying out school visits and meeting with senior leaders.  We also attend training in order to keep up to date with the requirements of our role.  We work as a team and make collective decisions.


The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets as a whole group at least 5 times a year, although additional meetings may be called as required.

 Enquiries for the St Margaret’s Governing Body can be directed to Michelle McCann, Senior Clerk to Governors -

Copies of FGB meeting minutes are available on request.  Please contact the Clerk for more information.

A link to the schools financial benchmarking can be found here:


Current Vacancies 


There is also a vacancy for 1 Foundation Governor.  Further details on the role and the application process can be found in the attachment below:

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