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.

Jeriel Algandara

Vice Chair of Governor/Parent Governor

Jeriel joined as a parent governor in September 2018.
He has a daughter who goes to Gilbert Scott School. His background is in business development. He is passionate about enriching children’s life and development. For the past ten years, he has volunteered in church leadership, working with children and young people. 
He is the co-founder of Tiny Mustard Seeds Day Nursery.
He hopes to help, support and share any ideas which may enrich the school.

Paul Thomas


Information to follow

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!

Simon Trehearn

Trust Governor

Simon is the Vice Principal at The Quest Academy, a local secondary school that is also part of the Collegiate Trust. Simon has taught Maths in and around south London for over 20 years.

Jennifer Robbins

Trust Governor

Information to follow

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

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Trust Governor


Staff Governor