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Ellingham Primary School

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Janet Hilton

Janet Hilton

Type of Governor:

Chair of Governors; Co-opted


Resources; Children, Families and Community

I have just joined Ellingham's Governing Body and was recently elected Chair. I'm a National Leader of Governance which means my  job is to help Governing Bodies to improve and carry out their duties to a very high standard. I have worked across Kingston and Richmond schools for the last 12 years, both primary and secondary, LA maintained schools, academies and free schools.

When I'm not at school I'll probably be at the theatre..


Sean Meaney


Type of Governor: Staff  
Committees: Curriculum and Achievement & Resource and Finance  

I have been a member of the Ellingham family for 4 years now. Currently I work in the Nursery as a class teacher, and thoroughly enjoy the attitude to learning that our young children bring to school everyday. I've been involved in education for almost 10 years, including several years living abroad teaching in different school systems.

Outside of school I enjoy a range of sports activities, playing music and cooking. 


Jo Jones



Type of Governor:

Parent and Co-opted



Curriculum and Achievement


I have been a Governor at Ellingham since 2015. I am Head of Academic PE and teach Physical Education at Ewell Castle School.  Prior to this I worked for eight years as Head of pastoral care and PE at Harris Academy in South Norwood.  I have been a secondary school teacher since 2003 and have in depth knowledge and experience of assessment, and different approaches and research into teaching, learning and assessment.

I have a very broad range of interests.  I am involved in a variety of local activities including sports and music.


Claire Harlow


Type of Governor:

Parent Body  


Curriculum and Achievement & Resource and Finance

I joined the Ellingham Primary School Governing Body in December 2017 as a parent governor.  I work locally as a full-time independent financial adviser and have done so now for 15 years.  I also have 5 years’ experience as trustee of a youth-focussed education charity.  In the relatively short time I have been involved with Ellingham as a parent, I have already seen the hard work and dedication of the staff, and the enthusiasm and courtesy of the pupils.

I hope to provide constructive challenge and support to the school through my role as a governor. 


Patrick O'Sullivan


Type of Governor:




Curriculum and Achievement & Resource and Finance


My background is Mechanical Engineering.Retired from work in 2016.

The previous 33 years was working in High and Low vacuum technology which includes research and development plus coating, solar, analytical, semi conductor and display technology.

I am married with four daughters, three of whom attended Ellingham. 

Our youngest granddaughter and grandson also attend Ellingham Primary School 

Committee: Health and Safety.

Interests : Music and Theatre.


Jo Merritt

Type of Governor: LA
Committees: CA / RF

I was appointed as the local authority governor for Ellingham Primary School in November 2018.

As a passionate believer in community education I first became involved in school governance when my children attended our local primary school. I have now been a governor in Richmond for over ten years including 4 years as Chair of Governors at Stanley Primary School in Teddington. I am currently Chair of Trustees for RWST (Richmond West Schools Trust) a locally formed multi academy trust that was set up to provide support to two under-performing secondary schools in the borough of Richmond.