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

Ms Leane Stephens, Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair of Governors

Mrs Naomi Ivory, Headteacher

Mrs Kelly Lockwood, Staff Governor

Ms Sharon Spiller, Co-opted Governor

Ms Vikki Street, Parent Governor

Ms Anne Panayiotou, Co-opted 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.

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.
Leane Stephens - Vice Chair of Governors

I started as a Governor for Eastchurch Primary in December 2019 and bring my professional experience of working in governance, compliance and assurance to the work of the Board. However, I am also a mum of three and one of our children attends Eastchurch School.

I work for South East Coast Ambulance Service and have been there for almost 12yrs; based in Head Office, part of my role is to carry out site visits to our stations and call centres to measure how well we are doing against the regulatory standards of the health sector regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

I am keen to get involved with my role as Governor and excited to see how our work affects the governance of the school; the recognition of what is already working well and identifying where things could work better.

I’m also looking forward to being a part of the Eastchurch School community!

Vikki Townsend

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.