Our School Governors
Below you will find the details of all Governors who have been in post since July 2017. All Governors and the Clerk to Governors can be contacted via the school office.
Mrs Anita Ellerby
Chair of Governors
I passionately believe in the importance and value of education. Through education, we can develop our skills, knowledge and interests, enhance our career opportunities and be empowered to make our own decisions.
The primary education stage is so crucial for every child. It provides the safe and secure environment in which a child is nurtured and encouraged to develop an inquisitive mind and a lifelong desire to learn. I am very committed to the federation and believe that it provides an excellent opportunity to secure the future of two small, outstanding schools for the benefit of our pupils and their families, our staff and the wider community.
My career has been in education, mainly in the post 16 sector. My last role was as a director of a large further education college where I had a range of responsibilities including curriculum development, quality assurance and college services including estates, IT and management information, personnel, learning resources and technical support.
Miss Angelica Ewins
I work as the secretary in St Martin’s School responsible for staff and governor training and development. This is an appropriate area of responsibility as the school have supported my professional development over the last 19 years; I started as a Teaching Assistant later becoming a HLTA and more recently (for the last 4 years) school Secretary. My changing roles have enabled me to develop insight and experience across different areas/aspects of the school and I hope to use this to support our governing body team.
Mrs Sarah Carter
I joined the governing body of Seabrook and St Martin's Primary Schools as a co-opted governor in July 2017 following my role as a parent governor of Seabrook Primary School. I have one child currently at Seabrook and my eldest child also attended the school. I passionately believe that every child should have access to an outstanding education and would like to help ensure that Seabrook and St Martin's Primary Schools remain superb learning environments for every child.
I bring to the governing body my experience as a community governor at the Federation of Foxwood and Highview School where I served for 4 years between 2010 and 2014. I am an experienced research consultant with expertise in social, public policy and market research where I have designed projects and led teams as a Research Director. I hope to bring my skills in project management, teamwork, moderating, analysis and problem solving to good use to benefit the children of the school.
I have been a parent governor at St. Martin's over the past few years, and it is a role that has brought me great pleasure. I am a primary school teacher myself and as such I feel I have some understanding of the issues affecting our schools and our children. I hope that my background serves to be of some use within the newly founded governing body. Although being a school governor is challenging at times, I believe both Seabrook and St. Martin’s schools, whilst sharing a similar philosophy, remain unique and very special, and it is a privilege to be part of their combined journey. I hope that during meetings and discussions about reporting to parents, I reflect the parental voice and I, along with the entire staff and governing body always place the children at the heart of any decisions made.
I am motivated by the desire to achieve the best for all the children in the Federation as well as for the families and wider school community. I was appointed to Seabrook’s governing body as parent governor in July 2016 and then transferred to a co-opted governor when Seabrook and St Martin’s federated.
I bring to the governing body a wide range of skills and experiences that will support the Federation’s leadership team deliver the best possible provision for the children. I am a senior leader, class teacher and governor in another outstanding local primary school and I understand what ‘outstanding’ practice looks like. I have a particular passion for mathematics. I am the Mathematics Leader in my own school as well as a ‘Mastery Maths Specialist’ for the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics. I am also accredited by National College for Teaching and Leadership as a Specialist Leader of Education where I develop leadership capacity in others. My knowledge of data driven school improvement is strong and I have a proven track record of using data to facilitate school improvement. I am passionate about ensuring all the children in our Federation continue to meet their full potential in the caring, Christian environment that they are currently thriving in.
I have been a governor previously of Seabrook School for about 15 years and during this period I have seen its spectacular progress from coming out of special measures to becoming an Outstanding School.
Living close by I am passionate about its success and the wonderful experience that it gives to our young children in the early informative part of their lives. Although my background is not in education, I spent my life at sea and am now retired as a ship’s captain, I can compliment the Governing Body by bringing to it different abilities and skills.
I still have a strong yearning for the sea and like to spend my holidays whenever I can sailing on yachts around various parts of the world.
Mr Mike Tolhurst
I became a governor because I believe that children are the future and wanted to be involved with their education and well-being. I have been a governor at Seabrook Primary for the past 12 years, which has given me great satisfaction.
I am a retired NHS Paramedic with 33 year’s experience in this field. My wife and I have also fostered children between the ages of 2 and 11 years for the last 26 years through Kent Social Services.
Dr Paula Stone
Dr Paula Stone is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. Paula has worked closely with St Martin’s School for over 10 years in her role as teacher educator and has been a Governor for four years. Her particular interests are Social Moral and Cultural Education as she believes that education is more than merely achieving in mathematics and English and should go much deeper in preparing children for an ever complex society.
Rev Jo Robertson
My initial training was as a teacher. With my last full time position being as Head of Middle School at Folkestone School for Girls, where I also worked within the Science Department teaching across all year groups with Biology and Chemistry being my main subject area for both GCSE and A Level. Since becoming a Priest within the Church of England I have been based both here in Folkestone and within a group of villages just outside Canterbury. I am passionate that each individual should feel loved and cared for and believe that this starts with being there to listen and encourage our youngest members of society.
I am a Solicitor and Partner in a law firm, specialising in matters relating to child protection. As a result of my experience working within the child protection field, I have had the opportunity to liaise with schools and teachers in a professional capacity already, particularly dealing with safeguarding issues. Within my own experience in business, I have gained insight and knowledge into dealing with matters relating to staffing and I consistently manage financial issues within my day to day work. On a personal note, I have a child who attends St Martins and a son who I hope will attend in 2 years time, meaning that I am fully committed to trying to help the school continue to progress positively for the whole 4 year period that governors are elected for. I hope that my experience can assist the governing body and most importantly, ensure that decisions are being made in the best interests of our children, so that they get the best experience possible during their time at St Martins.
Mrs Louise Timmins