The Role of the Governing Body


Governors are volunteers who work in partnership with their school’s Executive Principal to ensure that children receive the best education possible.


The role of Governors is to support the school, being prepared to account for the school’s overall performance.   Governors are there to set the school’s ethos and strategic direction. We are also expected to hold the Executive Principal and Academy Principal to account for the performance of staff and children, and to ensure that public money is being well spent.


Foundation Governors are appointed by the Archdiocese of Southwark to preserve and develop the Catholic ethos of the school and help deliver outstanding spiritual, moral and learning outcomes for its children.


The Governing Body is also made up of Parent Governors, Staff Governors and Co-Opted Governors if required.

St Edward’s Catholic Primary School is part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership (KCSP), which is a Multi Academy Trust currently consisting of 24 Catholic primary and secondary schools in Kent.

Executive Governing Body


NAME                                                      ROLE


Christina Wells                                       Chair of Executive Board of Governors          Foundation Governor

Christopher Keen                                   Vice Chair                                                       Foundation Governor

Chadwick Okoye                                    Finance Governor                                           Foundation Governor

Sara Wakefield                                       Safeguarding Governor                                  Executive Principal

    "         "                                                Heath & Safety Governor                                      "              "

Joanne Langley                                      To be advised                                                  Foundation Governor

Christopher Well                                     To be advised                                                  Foundation Governor

James Jennings                                     To be advised                                                  Co-opted Governor

Kelly Taylor                                             St Edwards Academy Committee Chair          Parent Governor                              

St Edward's Academy Committee





Ms Sandra Forster

Acting Vice Chair of Governors/ Foundation Governor

Canon Frank Moran

Foundation Governor

Ms Patrycja Mazur

Foundation Governor

Mrs Kelly Taylor


Chair of Governors

Parent Governor/Safeguarding Governor


Ms Rebecca Coghlan

Parent Governor

Mrs Donna Palmer

Staff Governor



Mrs Lauren Flain


Academy Principal


Mr Phil Barham

Clerk to the Governors

A little bit about who we are:



Phil Barham (Clerk of the Governors)

Phil Barham was appointed as Clerk to the Governors on 1st January 2018. He was previously providing Clerking Services to Minster Primary School and also provides Clerking Services for Rose Street School and West Minster School.

He has worked in financial services on the island for over 38 years and has run his own financial adviser business since 1995.

Phil was born on the island and has lived here all of his life, attending Rose Street School and the Sheerness Technical School.

He has been heavily involved in local football and was a Referee in the Sheppey Sunday League from 1974 to 2016.

In the last few years he has become more involved in charity fund-raising as a member of the Rotary Club of the Isle of Sheppey.

Phil lives in Minster with his wife Carole, a retired School Business Manager, and is semi-retired himself although he still operates his financial services business on a part-time basis. The couple have five grandchildren who tend to keep their spare time occupied.

Declaration of Business Interests: None declared


Sara Wakefield (Headteacher)

Sara starting teaching in 1990 and spent her next 21 years teaching or advising on teaching in London. Sara worked for Lewisham and Westminster as a school improvement advisor, with a particular interest in how mathematics is taught and learnt in schools, before training as an Ofsted inspector. She has also led on a pilot called the Making Good Progress for the Department of Education.

Sara achieved the National Professional Qualification of Headship and became a Headteacher in Hythe in Kent in January 2011. She is delighted to have joined the St Edward's team in 2017 as their Headteacher.

Declaration of Business Interests: None declared


Christopher Wells

This is my second time as a Governor of St Edward’s as I was a Governor some thirty years ago. My area of expertise is the same now as then, Finance.
In the Parish, I am a member of The Knights of St Columba, where I have held the position of Treasurer for the last twenty five years. I am an active member of our Church and manage the parish Gift Aid Scheme.

My children attended both St Edward’s and St John Fisher in Chatham; I am proud to be associated with the school once again in the role of Foundation Governor.

I retired in December 2017, having spent a lifetime working in Finance. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management and have papers published. I am now Chairman of the Rochester Pickwick Club and play an active role in the twice yearly Rochester Dickens Festival. I am a keen fundraiser and I do my best to support other organisations in the Parish and in the local community to raise funds.

Declaration of Business Interests: None declared


Christina Wells

I have been a Foundation Governor for just one year, however, my association with St. Edward’s goes back many years. All five of our children attended St Edward’s, as did many of our nieces and nephews. We remember it to be a very good school where our children thrived and were happy.
I have a spent the last thirty years in education, retiring in 2016 as Principal and CEO of West Heath School in Sevenoaks. My specialism is Special Educational Needs (SEN).

I am delighted to be part of the Governing body team and I am keen to see St Edward’s return to being a Good / Outstanding School.

I am also a Trustee of the Inspiring Leadership Trust, which is a charity supporting vulnerable young women around the world.

In my spare time I am an ardent Dickens fan, and can be seen walking the streets of Rochester during the Dickens Festival in full Dickensian costume. I am blessed with nine grandchildren who keep me busy and in touch with the thoughts and feelings of today’s younger generation.

Declaration of Business Interests: None declared


Kelly Taylor

I have lived on the Island for 6 years having moved from London. I was delighted to have been nominated as a parent governor; my daughter is at the school. I have worked as a teaching assistant in a London school and now lead the Scouts one evening a week in Sheerness. I am part of the Kent climbing team which I really enjoy.

Declaration of Business Interests: None declared.


Rachel Hinton

I have lived on the Isle of Sheppey all of my life, I also attended St Edwards as my two children do now. I am new to governing.

My background has always been within accounting, working in both a commercial and practice capacity. I part qualified as an accountant but then took over the running of a public house 7 years ago. The pub has been in my family for nearly 30 years.

I also have a small book keeping company and I am the treasurer of the School PTA.

Declaration of Business Interests: PTA

Mrs Wells, Chair of Governors, can be contacted via the school office. 
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Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address Barham Court, Teston, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Edward's Catholic Primary School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.