The school’s governing body is composed of 14 governors and a clerk. The governors are responsible for seeing that the school is run effectively and within the frameworks set by legislation and LEA policies. The Executive Headteacher manages the school on a day-to-day basis within the guidelines set down by the governing body.

Authority (Chair) Mrs A Ellerby
Executive Headteacher Mrs E Carter
Staff Mrs A Ewins
Foundation Mrs P Stone
Foundation (Ex-Officio) Mr M Jones
Foundation Mr M Tolhurst
Parent Mr E Lewis
Parent Mrs S Page
Co-opted Ms J Easton
Co-opted Capt A Ewart-James
Co-opted Mrs S Carter
Co-opted  Mr S James
Associate Mrs G Jones
Associate Mrs K Creek
Clerk to Governing Body Mrs J Grieb

Please click on the link for information regarding the governing body for 2016-2017



Mrs Anita Ellerby – Chair of Governors

Mrs Anita Ellerby

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.

Mrs Ellerby




Mr Alan Ewart-James

I have been a governor of the school for about 10 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.

Attendance at meetings for 2014/2015: 100% (excluding 3 meetings when he had leave of absence)


Alan Ewart James


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 years 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.

Attendance at meetings for 2014/2015: 78%

Mike Tolhurst




Ms Julia Easton

I am a parent of a child in the school and bring to the governing body over 25 years experience in a variety of Early Years fields including owning and managing nurseries and 14 years working for the local authority in a variety of roles including supporting childcare providers, establishing projects that link early years, health and family support services and most recently managing children’s centres.

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.

Attendance at meetings for 2014/2015: 78%





Mrs Gillian Jones

For the past eight years I have had the great privilege and joy of coming into Seabrook School to listen to children read. Five years ago, being a member of the local church community, I became a Foundation Governor.

Children’s Spirituality and its relationship with the Christian faith is a subject very close to my heart.

At Seabrook C of E School spirituality is seen as an integral part of education and being a growing child (of any or no faith) and as important and essential as intellectual and social development.

Attendance at meetings for 2014/2015: 100%

Gilliam Jones


Mrs Sarah Carter

I recently joined the Governing Body in July 2016. I passionately believe that every child should have access to an outstanding education. I have two children at the school and would like to help ensure that Seabrook remains a superb learning environment 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.




Mr Stephen James

I was appointed to the governing body as parent governor in July 2016. I am motivated by the desire to achieve the best for all the children at Seabrook C of E Primary School, as well as for the families and wider school community.

I bring to the governing body a wide range skills and experiences that will support the school’s leadership team continue to deliver the best provision for the children. I am a primary school teacher and governor in another outstanding local primary school and I understand what ‘outstanding’ practice looks like. 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. My knowledge of data driven school improvement is strong. I am passionate about ensuring the children at our school continue to meet their full potential in the caring, Christian environment that they are currently thriving in.



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