Corringham Primary School


 The role of a School Governor is vital to the success of every school please use the link below for further information on the role.  All of our Governors are members of the National Governors Association (NGA).

The Role of the School Governor

Our Governing Body members are:-


Chair of Governors - Mr Tony Eatherton

Key Area  Responsibility and Monitoring - Leadership Impact

Welcome to the Corringham Primary School website, my name is Tony Eatherton and I am your Chair of Governors, I was a former Chair of Governors of Gable Hall School for 14 years up until 2003.  I am a retired Fire Officer having served 29 years in the London Fire Brigade retiring in 1994.

I have two grandchildren at the school and their education and that of your children is of paramount importance to me, I am passionate about every child achieving "The very best they can be" whilst at this school and when they go on to further education, so they can fulfil all their aspirations and this is championed by the school as part of The Stanford and Corringham Schools Trust.


Vice Chair - Mrs Georgina Clarke

Key Area of Responsibility and Monitoring - Safeguarding and Inclusion (including SEND)

Until 2012 I was Public Affairs Manager at the Coryton Refinery where I was responsible for internal and external communications and community projects.  I was also responsible for the Refinery's Schools Links programme which enabled me to work with teachers and students in several local schools (Corringham included) and gave me an insight into how important it is for industry and education to work together.  Since the refinery closed, I have been a consultant with Witt O'Brien's a company which trains organisations to have robust systems in place in the event of a major incident at their site.

I am delighted to ge a Governor at Corringham Primary at a time when the future is looking so exciting for the school and I hope that in my role as SEND Governor I will ensure our students recieve the best educational experience possible and achieve the school's vision.

Headteacher - Mrs Lorna Hamilton

The role of the Governing Body is to set the strategic vision and ethos of the school.  I am proud to work with the Governing Body.   I am very proud of the rapid progress throughout the school and the impact this has already had on the children, I know that there is still more to do.  With the Governors and their continued commitment to our children, I have every faith that this school will go from strength to strength in order for us to fulfil our aim “to be the best that we can be”. 

Trust CEO - Dr Sophina Asong

Dr Asong joined Gable Hall School as Headteacher in April 2011 after 5 years as Deputy Headteacher and then Acting Headteacher at Forest Gate Community School in Newham, inner London. Holder of a doctorate in Education (Organisational (Systems) Management and School Improvement), her leadership style can best be described is as pacesetter, completer-finisher and shaper. A high achiever with a strong bent for distributed leadership, Dr Asong has since led the school through an early Academy conversion, a good Ofsted, a 5% rise in headline results to 71% 5+A*-CEM (2012), a jump in the school’s national ranking from 31st to 4th percentile (Value Added Best 8 (2012)) and an IIP Gold Award amongst others. She leads an experienced and highly motivated Senior Leadership Team


Trust Governor - Mr Steve Nash (Chair of Trust)

Key Area of Responsibility and Monitoring - Teaching and Learning

Mr Nash, a former Head of Boys PE at Gable Hall School (now retired), has lived in Thurrock for over 50 years. He has been a Parent Governor at Gable Hall since 1982 and was been Chair of Governors since April 2011, when he led the Governing Body through the complex process of conversion to Academy status in July 2011.  A qualified Maths and PE teacher, and former Assistant Headteacher, Mr Nash now leads and operates Action Learning Alternative Education, a Not-for-Profit organisation specialising in the reintegration of vulnerable young people who do not thrive in mainstream education and are at risk of exclusion. With students from a wide range of local schools, including Gable Hall, he is an expert in behaviour management, special needs and strategies for engaging disaffected students. He leads a high challenge - high support team of members of the governing board. He has Headteacher selection experience.

Staff Governor - Mr Shaun Robinson

Key Area of Responsibility and Monitoring - Wellbeing of School Community

Mr Robinson joined the school in July 2013, he is Assistant HEadteacher for Key Stage 2 and Maths Lead for the school.  Shaun wanted to join the Governing Body to have a wider impact on all children throughout the school, the children and the overall leadership in their journey to good and beyond.

Parent Governor - Mrs Shona Duce

Key Area of Responibility and Monitoring - Early Years

Mrs Duce joined the Governing Body in September 2014 as she decided as a parent she felt it was important that the school was held accountable for serving local needs properly.  She  was able to bring her experiences from the financial sector to the understanding of school data, so she could represent these to school parents in a language that was familiar to parents. 

Community Governor - Mr Matthew Poli

Key Area of Responisibility and Monitoring - Finance and SMSC

Mr Poli joined the Governing Body in September 2014, he is a partner at Palmers Law Group and wanted to continue his work within the wider community and develop his skills and knowledge with school.

Interim Responsible Officer - Mr Phil Edgar

Key Area of Reponsibiliity - Finance Regulations

Mr Edgar has been Governor since 2009. A Shift Supervisor Shop Steward at Purfleet paper mill where he worked for 40 years, Phil was instrumental in introducing the European Works Council regulations at the Mill.  As such he brings his considerable negotiating skills to the Board of Governors.  Mr Edgar is also the Responsible Officer, visiting the School on a monthly basis to carry out Internal Audit and Corporate Governance validation. Mr Edgar is the named Governor for Governor development and attends Newham Partnership Working training courses and keeps the board up to date on best practice in school governance. He has a passion for improving the quality of education locally. He became a Governor in order to support the local schools’ leadership in raising aspirations in Thurrock, a key collective concern.  Mr Edgar is a local resident.

If you would like to contact the Governing Body please email or telephone the school on 01375 672157.

Scheduled Meetings of the Governing Body

Wednesday 14th December 2016

Wednesday 8th February 2016

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Wednesday 12th JUly 2017

All meetings begin at 6pm