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Trina Sillence

I am so proud to work at Eling Infant School and Nursery. I love that everyday is different working with great staff and fantastic children. I like to think that the  school makes a great difference to the local community. I have been at Eling since 2002 when I joined as a young teacher. Throughout the years I have been in many roles including class teacher, SENCO, Senior teacher, Assistant Headteacher and finally in 2016 I became Headteacher. I have been a governor since 2012. When not at work I enjoy spending time with my family and going on holiday.


Headteacher and Development Training Governor


Lucy Biggs

I am the Assistant Headteacher and SENCO at Eling. I work in Nursery and Year R. I have a BA (hons) with QTS in Primary Education and as part of my masters in education I have a post graduate certificate in early years and have gained the National SENCO accreditation. I love working across the school getting to know all the children as individuals. In my spare time I am often found in the forest cycling, walking or jumping in puddles with my children.


Staff Governor and SEND responsibilities

Term: 5th October 2020-6th October 2021


Samantha Carr

I am a co-opted governor at Eling. Both my daughters came to Eling and they enjoyed their time here. I have always helped out when I can, from helping with the PTA and helping on school trips but I was keen to get a better understanding of how the school works, the challenges it faces and being part of the solution. As a new governor I have found it to be a friendly environment where all ideas are welcome. In my spare time, I enjoy taking my children on treasure trails, walks in the forest, and kickboxing.


Chair of Governors (Co-opted)with responsibility for Safeguarding

Term: 11th July 2018 - 10th July 2022


Chris Oddy

I am a co-opted governor. Professionally I am an IT Project Director working for Siemens plc working on international IT projects. Siemens plc is very keen that their staff support the local communities, therefore they give me the time to be a co-opted governor at our great school. From a governor perspective I support the curriculum and also the recently introduced GDPR legislation. Outside of work interests, my leisure time is spent with my wife and daughter in the New Forest. I also enjoy Football and Cricket, and when Summer comes I always look forward to getting the BBQ operational!


Co-opted Governor responsibility for GDPR

Term: 24th May 2017-23rd May 2021


Su Edsall

it was both a pleasure and a privilege to have worked at Eling Infant School both in the classroom and then as Admin Officer for 21 years. I retired in 2016, but have remained an active member of the Governing body with a number of different responsibilities including being the SEND governor.

I love coming back into school and especially meeting and working with the children. My father,brother and my own son attended Eling so you can see there clearly is a connection! In my spare time I enjoy walking, swimming, gardening and travelling.


Co-opted Governor responsibility for SEND

Term: 4th October 2020-5th October 2024


Gemma Forman

In my professional role I am an airport Duty Manager. In my volunteer role, I am parent governor for the school, health and safety support and I volunteer in Year R. My favourite volunteer job is spending time in Year R and reading with the children. I started volunteering at the school from September 2018. As a school governor, I was keen to find out and understand more of the school processes. The community spirit in the school is amazingly strong. I have found the support for the children incredible and I love it here. As a family, we like to ride our bikes everywhere and enjoy climbing and kayaking.


Parent Governor with responsibility for Health and Safety

Term: 11th July 2018-10th July 2022


Cllr Caroline Rackham

I am a councillor for Totton and Eling Town Council in the Totton South Ward, elected in May 2015. I have been a resident in Eling for many years and I am the third generation of my family to live in Totton. I have a great fondness for Totton and Eling, including Eling School which my own son attended. I have worked as a Community Arts manager for many years, working with some of the most deprived local communities to help improve their environment and their lives.


Local Authority Governor

Term: 24th January 2018-23rd January 2022


Wahida Warshow

I am thrilled to be accepted as a parent governor. My daughter just started in Year R and is thriving in the lovely environment at Eling School. I am looking forward to learning more about the running of the school and making positive contributions for all of our children. I am a pharmacist which means that, naturally, peoples best interests are my first priority. I grew up in Kenya and in the 20 years I have lived in England I only really felt at home when we moved to Totton 5 years ago. There is a great sense of community and I think it's a wonderful place for children to grow up. My spare time is filled with fun with my family.

Vice Chair and Parent Governor

Term: 4th February 2020- 3rd February 2024


Ellen Humphries

Fifty five years ago I started school at Eling (Primary as it was then) and now I am a Governor! I lived in Eling until I went to university and then moved away and now we’ve come back!

It was lovely to be shown around the school by the Head and see all the changes AND all the things that remind me so much of my own happy school days there. It was fantastic to see the busy, happy children and hear the buzz of learning around the school.

I am now retired, but in my career I was a teacher and head teacher. I am hoping to be able to bring the skills learned and experiences survived, to “support and challenge” the team at Eling Infant School.

Co-opted Governor

Term: 2nd February 2021 to 1st February 2025


Tany Prior

We moved to Totton in 2020 and were so taken by the culture and community of the school that we knew we wanted our children to come here. I am very honoured to be able to accept the role as a parent governor. My husbands family have lived in Totton for many generations with my youngest now the third generation to attend the school. I run my own business as a physiotherapist working with older adults after many years in the NHS as both a nurse and physiotherapist. I am really excited to be part of this lovely community and to be able to play a role in shaping it.

Parent governor

Term:1st February 2022- 31st January 2026


Marie Hendra

Hi, my name is Marie Hendra and my son attends Eling infant school. l volunteer as a parent governor and I am passionate about all aspects of first aid and child welfare.

I really enjoy the school community and it's commitment to the local community and I am excited to be a part of it all.


Hannah Morgan

Hi I’m Hannah, I am Clerk to Governors and also an Admin Assistant in the school office.


The thing I love about Eling is that we are all continuously learning and growing together and how much every staff member cares about each of our pupils.

Our Governors meet regularly. 

They are:-

Parent Governors

Mrs Gemma Forman (Health and Safety)

Miss Wahida Warshow


Local Education Authority

Councillor Caroline Rackham

Staff governor
Mrs Lucy Biggs


Co-opted governors

Mr Paul Ibberson-Groves (Chair and Safeguarding)

Mr Chris Oddy (GDPR)

Mrs Su Edsall (SEND/ Disadvantaged)

Mrs Sam Carr

Mrs Ellen Humphries



Headteacher - Mrs Trina Sillence (DTG)


Clerk to the Governors - Mrs Hannah Morgan






If you wish to contact our governors, please do so via the school office





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