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.
Mr Ed Lewis
I am proud to have served as one of the Co-Opted Governors at St Martins for the last 3 years and as Co-chair for the last 18 months. I bring a vast array of leadership and management experiences having served in the military for 18 years. I now work for Saga in a senior management position but also remain part of the Army Reserve. Having assisted with the federation between St Martins and Seabrook Primary Schools I am keen to explore the partnering opportunities and the sharing of best practise from the two outstanding schools.
Miss Angelica Ewins
I have recently been appointed Staff Governor (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 17 years; I started as a Teaching Assistant later becoming a HLTA and more recently (for the last 2 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 a former parent of a child in Seabrook School and bring to the governing body over 25 years’ experience in a variety of early years and children’s services fields including owning and managing nurseries and 16 years working for the local authority in a variety of roles including supporting childcare providers, establishing projects and services and managing children’s centres and Early Help and Preventative Services. I have previously been a governor at another local primary school and was part of a strategy group that supported the school out of special measures.
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.
I have had a long association with St Martin’s School, beginning when my daughters attended from 1987 to 2002. During that time I was involved with the PTA and as a volunteer mum.
I first became a governor after retiring as a primary school head teacher, initially as a community governor and then as a foundation governor nominated by St Martin’s Church PCC. I was very active in supporting the school through two Ofsted inspections and a church inspection. I was part of the working party for the federation of St Martin’s and Seabrook schools. Following the federation of the schools I have decided to change my role to that of associate governor. I have particular interests in Mathematics, Reading and Libraries.
St Martin’s and Seabrook are exceptional schools and I am proud to be associated with them and to continue to support them during this exciting new phase.
Mrs Gillian Jones
Associate Governor of the Federation of St Martin's and Seabrook CEP Schools Governing Body. My main interests are RE, Reading and the Spiritual Development of the children.
I have been a volunteer at Seabrook School since 2006. In 2008 I was nominated by the Parish Church Council to become a Foundation Governor at Seabrook, a position I held until 2015 when I then became Ex Officio. It has been, and still is, a great privilege and joy to see how the children flourish and grow in confidence during their time at Seabrook.
Both Seabrook and St Martin are outstanding schools. As a Federation, under the current leadership and team, the future beckons exciting opportunities for both schools.