Gilbert Scott Primary School is part of The Collegiate Trust. The Directors of the Trust have delegated the oversight and leadership of Gilbert Scott Primary School to the Local Governing Body (LGB), made up of parents, staff, LA and Trust representatives. Click HERE for information on the Governors.

Information about the Directors of The Collegiate Trust can be found at

James Filus

Chair of Governors/Parent Governor

James joined the Governing Board in December 2015, and was elected Chair the following year. 

While in the role of Chair, James has overseen some significant events in Gilbert Scott’s recent history – including the appointment of the Principal, and the process of joining the Collegiate Trust.

James has worked as a senior leader in Local Government for 11 years. He is now the Director of a national Trade Association.

James has two children, both proudly attend Gilbert Scott.


Parent Governor


Paul Thomas


Paul has been the Principal of Gilbert Scott since September 2018. This is his third headship following 6 years in the Elephant and Castle and 7 years at a school in South Croydon. Alongside the academic subjects of English and Mathematics, Paul believes it is essential for all children to have the opportunities to play an instrument, take part in sport and enjoy the arts as part of a curriculum that enables them to enhance their knowledge, skills and most importantly, themselves. 

Frances LeRoy

Trust Governor

Frances has been the safeguarding governor for Gilbert Scott for over four years. She is a qualified child protection trainer and has jointly delivered training to staff. As well as her governor role, she visits the school once a week to listen to children reading. Frances finds this really helps her to get to know the school better as well as hopefully helping the children!

Frances is a retired social worker having worked with children and families for over 30 years. She worked for the local authority for several years and then worked for the NSPCC for the last 20 years of her career, initially as a practitioner and latterly as a senior manager. 

Frances has six grandchildren who keep her very busy and help her to keep young!

Dr Jennifer George

Trust Governor

Jennifer has been in the profession of teaching since 1995 and is currently Deputy Head of the Computing Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is also Chair of the Board of Examiners for University of London Worldwide provision. Her academic specialisation includes the usage of technology for inclusion and access. This is her first appointment as a School Governor. 

Kirsten Kendall

Vice Chair / Trust Governor

Kirsten joined as a Trust Governor in 2020 after a short break from being a governor at another local TCT primary school, where she served for over 20 years and oversaw the transition to an Academy.  She has two adult children, one of whom attended the Opportunity Play Group at GS many years ago.   She strongly believes in the right of all children to access the best education opportunities, whatever their background and abilities. 

She has spent the last 33 years working for HMRC and has found that skills gained there transfer very effectively to the strategic role of a governor.   

She is looking forward to helping GS be the best school it can be!

Jennifer Robbins

Trust Governor

Jennifer joined Gilbert Scott as a governor in 2017 and more recently became SEND and equalities governor. As part of this role Jennifer spends time every term in the school’s ELPs, which is a great opportunity to get to know the school and pupils better.

Jennifer has a degree in psychology and worked as a learning support assistant while studying for her masters in Developmental and Educational Psychology. Jennifer currently works for the Department for Education in a policy role. She has always been interested in education and believes that every child should have the same opportunities in life.

Thomas Beecham

CEO representative

Thomas Beecham is an experienced teacher who has held a variety of leadership roles over the last 12 years. Thomas was educated in a comprehensive school in North Yorkshire, but settled in South London since embarking on his career in teaching. He works as an Assistant Principal and College Head at Riddelsdown Collegiate and has worked for the Collegiate Trust since its inception. He believes that all schools should ensure that their students are given everything they need in order to make the best progress possible, no matter what their level or background.

Ellie Seaman

Staff Governor

Ellie has been teaching across Croydon and Sutton schools for 9 years. She moved to Gilbert Scott in 2017 and thoroughly enjoys being part of an amazing team.

Ellie likes to take part in all elements of life at Gilbert Scott whether that means dancing on stage for 20 minutes as part of Gilbert Scott’s Got Talent, dressing up as a pirate with her class for Pirate Day or almost falling into the pond when hunting for mini-beasts.

Ellie truly believes that Gilbert Scott is a fantastic school with so much to offer both pupils and their families.

Anthony Dixon

LA Governor

Information to follow


Staff Governor