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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: 6th October 2016 - 5th October 2020


Paul Ibberson-Groves

I am the Chair of Governors a role I assumed in November 2018 having been Vice-Chair before that. I hold numerous roles on the governing body including Safeguarding and Finance. Both of my children came to Eling and I liked the family and community feel of the school. I have been a governor at Eling since 2015. Whilst my children were here I played a big part in setting up the PTA in it's current format.


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

Term: 28th November 2018- 29th November 2022


Samantha Carr

I am a parent 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.


Vice Chair and Parent governor

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: 5th October 2016-4th October 2020


Gemma Foreman

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


Cllr Alex Brunsdon

Being Totton born and bred I have always had a keen interest in both the town and its peoples wellbeing. In my role as Operations Manager for a local security firm, Veritech Systems Ltd, I have also been able to assist other local schools with their security and charitable needs. As well as this I am a Town and District Councillor, a trustee for the local Its Your Choice charity and of course a School Governor for Eling infant School where all three of my children attend. It is vital that our towns youth have the best possible education and brightest future possible. Eling School has maintained this ethos during the time my Nan, Mum and children have attended. I am extremely proud to assist where I can.


Parent governor

Term: 22nd May 2019- 21st May 2023


Brian Trosh

I am delighted to have been accepted as Governor of this wonderful progressive and proactive school which my grand-son attends. He loves it! I hope I can bring my financial and previous Junior School governor experience to help drive the school to even greater attainments. I believe our young children deserve the best possible start to their education.


Co-opted Governor

Term: 28th November 2019-27th November 2023


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)

Mrs Sam Carr

Councillor Alex Brunsdon

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)

Mr Brian Trosh




Headteacher - Mrs Trina Sillence (DTG)


Clerk to the Governors - Mrs Hannah Morgan


As of September 2019 we are moving to a flat structure of governance and will no longer have committees. All statutory governor responsibilities will be attended to during Full Governing Body meetings.




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





Governor Vacancies

Governor Vacancies 1 We have parent and co-opted vacancies