Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s Governors, and the work that we do.
Our main role is to support the Headteacher and the staff. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life.
Our legal duties include:-
- setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
- approving the school budget
- reviewing progress against the school’s budget and objectives
- appointing, challenging and supporting the headteacher
If you are interested in becoming a governor please do not hesitate to contact Aaron Janes, Chair of Governors, email: COG@eastchurch.kent.sch.uk
Our Governors are:
Mr Aaron Janes, Foundation Governor, Chair of Governors
Mr John Stanford, Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair of Governors
Rev. Tim Foreman, Ex Officio Governor
Mrs Naomi Ivory, Headteacher
Mrs Tracy Ryan, Co-opted Governor
Ms Sharon Spiller, Co-opted Governor
Mrs Sandy Hammock, Parent Governor
Ms Vikki Street, Parent Governor
Mrs Claire Jacobs, Staff Governor
Aaron Janes - Chair of Governors
Hello and welcome. I am currently the Chair of Governors at Eastchurch being elected by the Governors to serve as their Chair at the start of the school year 2017/18 initially for one year. At the start of the 2018/19 school year the Governors elected that I serve as Chair for 4 more years.
Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair of Governors
I have been a Governor of Eastchurch Primary School since 2006, when I was invited to assist with its application to become the first Eco-School in Kent, putting environmentalism at the heart of its educational vision. Since then the school has won numerous ‘green’ awards, including the prestigious Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy, achieving joint first for schools in England.
I was born and educated on Sheppey, going from Sheerness Technical High School to a career in engineering, before returning to the Island to enter business and raise my family. Over the years I’ve lived and worked in various parts of the Island, and feel a close affinity for its community.
I served as a Borough Councillor for many years, during which time I gained a degree in politics and became a Non-Executive Director of a local NHS Trust, where I specialised in mental health. I am currently a Minster on Sea Parish Councillor and Chair of Sheppey Community Energy Trust. Now retired from business, I run a smallholding and wildlife study centre.
Tim Foreman - Ex Oficio Governor
I have been the parish priest of Eastchurch, Warden, Leysdown and Harty since November 2018. There are two church buildings: All Saints Eastchurch and St Thomas the Apostle Harty.
I am married to Ann and we have five children, all now grown up and left home.
We moved to Sheppey from Newcastle upon Tyne, but prior to that we were in Dover, and before that in Inner London, so we know Kent well. But not Sheppey! Like so many, we had heard of it but never visited. We like being here!
Over the years I have been a governor at three primary schools and one secondary.
Mrs Tracy Ryan - Co-opted Governor
teaching and learning available,
Mrs Sandy Hammock - Parent Governor
I have lived in Warden since 2009. I am married and have three children, two that attend Eastchurch Primary School.
I have previously volunteered at the school to help with reading and was on the Friends of Eastchurch School (Eastchurch School Heroes as it's now known) for over two years and also held the position as Chair within the FOES.
I became a parent governor as I want to support the school in being the best it can be and supporting our children to achieve their potential (whatever this may be).
Mrs Claire Jacobs - Staff Governor
I was elected as Staff Governor in October 2017. I have taught at Eastchurch for 20 years, teaching mainly across KS1 for 12 years, then I trained as a Reading Recovery teacher and now I am the Assistant Head teacher. I am currently responsible for English and the Curriculum. Recently I have been involved in setting up the Cornerstones curriculum across the school which has provided us with a broad, balanced and creative curriculum. I strive to achieve a balance between being an impartial representative member of staff and regular involvement in day to day issues.