Ysgol Gynradd Llanmartin Primary School

"Together we can achieve"

Governor Pen Portraits

Martyn Kellaway - Chair of Governors

I have been an LEA Governor since 2009 serving for a lot of that time as a member of the Teaching and learning sub committees am also a Class Governor for Year 2 and have enjoyed seeing the children at “work” and hoping to follow the children’s progress as they progress through the school although I don't manage to visit school as often as I'd like to.

I am also the chair of the governing body which meet at regular intervals throughout the school year the governor’s act as a sounding board or critical friend to challenge and check appropriate decisions are made for our children’s progress based on information received from the senior management at the school. We also review policies such as attendance (a Welsh government target) grievance, bullying etc.

I try and hold monthly meetings to discuss overall progress at the school with the Head Teacher and on occasion can get involved in Disciplinary / Grievance / Redundancy and Pupil Exclusion Panel

I am married and lived in the area for over 25 years. Both our children have attended Newport schools, one whom is still in a local comprehensive school.


Jeremy Edwards - Community Governor

I have been a community Governor at Llanmartin Primary School for just over a year, finding it a challenging but enjoyable experience.  I would like to play a part in every child in the school maximising their potential and I became a Governor to help Mrs Curtis to achieve this goal.  I am married, live in Langstone and have been a civil servant for over 23 years and know that all my work and life experiences will put in good stead during my term as a governor.


Sue Seedhouse - Parent Governor

I am pleased to have been a Parent Governor since October 2014.  I am the Chairperson for the Teaching and Learning Committee and I also serve on the Health and Safety Committee which meet on a regular basic every half term.  My youngest son attends Llanmartin Primary School as did my two older children.  They are all growing up to be confident, independent and caring people.


Janice Chappell – Community Governor

I am a Community Development Officer at the Newport Gwent Dragons, working in the region with local schools since Gateway Rugby was launched, in August 1999. Due to the nature of my work I have experience of working with all types of people.

I have been married for twenty seven years and have two grown up children.  I have been visiting Llanmartin Primary School for many years working with the pupils and understand the commitment needed to ensure standards continue to raise. I am keen to offer my time and knowledge so our learners can reach their individual potentials in a safe, nurturing environment.


Vanessa Jones - Community Governor

I have been appointed very recently as a Community Governor and attended my first meeting in November 2016. However, my association with Llanmartin Primary School goes back a number of years as, prior to my retirement in 2015, I was the Clerk to the Governing Body, employed by the Education Achievement Service (EAS).   I undertook this role for five years or so but had attended many meetings of the Governing Body during the preceding fifteen years.

I hope that my knowledge and experience, gained during many years of working in the Education Sector for the Local Education Authority (LEA) and the EAS, will benefit the Governing Body, Mrs Curtis, children and parents and that ‘Together we can achieve’.

I look forward to taking up my role and taking part in the strategic life of the school.