Eastchurch CofE Primary School

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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

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


Aaron Janes - Chair of Governors

Aaron Janes - Chair of Governors 1

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.

I have two children at the School on the All Saints site. I joined the Governing body in 2015 initially as a Parent Governor. After two years I became the Diocesan Board of Education appointment as a foundation Governor. On top of the Statutory duties placed on Governors, Foundation Governors have a responsibility to ensure the Christian Character of the school is maintained. I was a Church Warden for 5 years, so I was well placed to be appointed to a Foundation role.
Prior to joining Eastchurch School’s Governing Body I was a Governor for 10 years at another School between 2002 and 2012.
I keep up to date with current legislation and best working practices of Governance by attending regular training sessions. I also sit on the executive arm of the Kent Governors Association who work with and challenge leaders of KCC in providing support and training for Governors across kent, so they in turn can effectively challenge and work with their schools.
I work for UK Power Networks joining its predecessor company London Electricity as an apprentice cable jointer in 1999. I am currently a Lead Engineer in South London looking after a team of engineers delivering new connection projects. These projects have include large developments such as the London Bridge station redevelopment and the connection of the Shard.
I am currently studying for a Masters Degree in leadership at Aston University on a part time basis. I hold a NEBOSH national certificate in Health and Safety and also an HNC in Electrical Engineering.
I enjoy working with the Headteacher and other members of the Senior Leaders in holding the school to account. It is a very rewarding job especially when you enter the school and see all the children safe, smiling and happy to learn. I truly believe that every child deserves the very best education in life and volunteer for the benefit of all of Eastchurch’s children.

Tim Foreman - Ex Oficio Governor

Tim Foreman - Ex Oficio Governor 1

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 - Associate Member

Mrs Tracy Ryan - Associate Member 1

I have had the privilege of being a Governor at Eastchurch CEP School for five years; four as a Parent Governor and currently as a Co-opted Governor.  I have three children; two are now adults and I was a governor at their primary school near Dartford.  My youngest is a pupil at Eastchurch school; St Clement site.  I am very aware of the important role played by parents in their children's education and this was my motivation for becoming a governor.


I have been employed at the school since 2015 and am now Assistant School Business Manager. I am developing a keen interest in analysing and interpreting data and, by providing challenge to sustain improvement, I aim to ensure that the children at Eastchurch receive the highest quality teaching and learning available, to support the good work already in place and to continue to develop the school in an ever-changing environment.

Mrs Sandy Hammock - Staff Governor

Mrs Sandy Hammock - Staff Governor 1

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).

Vikki Townsend

Vikki Townsend 1
Both myself and my husband attended Eastchurch Primary School as children and currently have one daughter in Year 2 at St Clements and one at Little Owls so I have a vetted interested in the welfare of the school, the pupils and its staff. I am keen to see the school flourish as I have always been proud to be an “Islander” and hope to help move the school forward with the staffing changes that have taken place shortly prior to my appointment.
I have been at my current employment for over 15 years and am now part of the Senior Management Team which has given me transferable skills that assists in my role as a parent governor. Some of our core business values are Safety, Excellence, Community and People, all of which are important factors that also influence school life.
My interests include spending time at the beach, football and socialising with friends.

Richie Simpson

Richie Simpson 1

I am a parent of 3 boys who are 8 years old, 2 years old and 9 months old.  Outside of school we like to have family days out and we attend church on a regular basis.

It is a great honour to be a parent governor for the school. My goal is to make sure all children, at both sites, are given the best opportunity to learn to the best of their abilities.