"Inspiring All to Achieve"

Our Local Governing Body

The Local Governing Body of St Mary's Catholic Primary School is a Committee of the Bosco Catholic Education Trust Board, and operates under the Bosco Catholic Education Trust Scheme of Delegation.

The Bosco CET currently has vacancies for the Local Governing Committee of each school - St Mary's and St Philip Howard.  Please click here for more information.



Miss Margaret Dargen-Murphy, Foundation Governor; Joint Vice-Chair of the Local Governing Committee from 14th September 2017

Margaret has been a Foundation Governor since   November 2012, and held the position of Chair of the Governing Body for 4 years from September 2013.  Until her retirement, she was a teacher of English, including as Head of Department, in Catholic secondary schools, where she also had experience of liaison and transition between the primary and secondary sectors.  She remains very keen to help promote the ethos of Catholic Education, to which she has always been fully committed, by supporting St Mary’s C P School in its task of providing the best possible moral and academic education for the children in its care.  She has a desire to see the school continuing to improve and to provide a strong Catholic foundation for all pupils.  Margaret is a parishioner of English Martyrs, Goring, where she is an organist.


Mrs Gemma Irvine, Acting Headteacher

Gemma joined St Mary's on 1st September 2017, having been seconded from St Wilfrid's (Angmering) where she was Deputy Headteacher.  


Mrs Louise Hardy, Staff Governor

Louise joined St Mary’s in September 2008 as a Newly Qualified Class Teacher.  She has progressed within the school, successfully being appointed as Assistant Headteacher in April 2012 and was the Head of School until 31st August 2017.  Louise grew up in Littlehampton, attending St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School and Chatsmore Catholic High School, and is determined that the Catholic ethos of St Mary’s will continue to be a major part of all aspects of school life.  Louise is looking forward to working with Mrs Irvine as St Mary's continues its journey of school improvement.

Mrs Dorothy Rollason, Foundation Governor; Joint Vice-Chair of the Local Governing Committee from 14th September 2017

Dorothy is a retired Headteacher, having served for thirteen years as Head of two Catholic primary schools in Worcestershire before moving to West Sussex. She has worked for the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in the Catholic Schools Education Service as a Primary RE Adviser and as interim Headteacher at schools in the diocese.  She is interested in teaching and learning, to help children become confident, happy and successful learners; the  professional development of staff and succession planning for school leaders. In developing children’s literacy and creativity she is enthusiastic about encouraging a love of reading, building on basic skills and listening to and writing poetry.  Favourite pastimes are going to the theatre and being with her two young grandchildren.


Mrs Christina Ruso, Parent Governor

Christina is a mother of four children, two at St Mary's and two pre-schoolers. She is married to Halil, and is a member of Jubilee Community Church, Worthing. Christina studied Art and Education at University. She has worked and volunteered alongside children, in particular children recognized with Learning difficulties and disabilities.  Through teaching she became more interested in Special Educational needs and so took this interest further by doing an MA in Special Education, Inclusion and Disability Studies. After marrying Halil in 2007 they moved to Worthing, where she took on the role of coordinating  Family Learning in West Sussex. She has always enjoyed visiting and working for short time periods with school in this capacity; however it was always a service provided to them. The governor’s role is very different to her previous experiences of Education and schools; Christina is excited by the challenge and the opportunity to be much more involved than she has previously experienced.


Cllr. Bob Smytherman, Foundation Governor Chair of the Local Governing ;Committee from 14th September 2017

As a past pupil of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Bob is delighted to be able to re-join the community as a Foundation Governor.  Bob is the official Town Crier for Worthing, a County Councillor at West Sussex County Council and a Borough Councillor at Worthing Borough Council.  He is thrilled by his progress from Milk Monitor to Chair!



Mrs Anita Shelton, Clerk to the Local Governing Body of St Mary's