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Academy Committee

Thorpedene's Academy Committee is made up of the following members: 


Name Category of Governor Date of Appointment End of Term  Appointed by
Stephen Tollworthy Chair / Community  10/02/2020 09/02/2024 SECAT Trust Board
Carly Quick-Crockford Parent 10/02/2020 09/02/2024 SECAT Trust Board
Laura Crow Parent 20/10/2022 19/10/2026 SECAT Trust Board
Motunrayo Olaotan Parent 07/11/2023 06/11/2027 SECAT Trust Board
Steph Frost Headteacher  n/a n/a Ex-officio 

Stephen Tollworthy - Chair Of Governors

  • Worked in Advertising, Creative Director responsible for all creative output and adhering to budgets
  • On the SBC Education Board Panel
  • On the SBC Admissions Panel
  • Been Pastoral Team leader at local church
  • Lives in Westcliff and is passionate about achieving the best possible outcome for the students in our area

Carly Quick Crockford

  • Parent of 5 (4 currently in SECAT schools)
  • 20 years experience in finance and accounting.
  • Moved to Southend 3 years ago and have never looked back.
  • Interests include health and fitness, reading and having 4 boys it is inevitable that I also like football.
  • Challenge for this year is researching childrens mental health and the effects of childhood trauma on development.

Steph Frost

  • Headteacher at Thorpedene Primary School & Nursery
  • BA Hons in Primary Education 
  • Over 17 years experience in schools in Southend 
  • Specialist Leader in Education working alongside schools in Southend 
  • I am committed to ensuring the best interests of every child are the heart of our school and to ensuring that every child is nurtured and challenged to achieve their true potential 

Travis Martinson

  • Interim Headteacher whilst Steph Frost is on maternity leave.
  • Teacher since 1996
  • Headteacher since 2009.  I've been a headteacher of a 2 form Junior school, a one form C of E school, a 2/3 form school on Canvey Island and now Thorpedene. 
  • I hold the NPQH qualification and am a qualified inspector and hold the PQSI qualification.  

Laura Crow

  • Parent of three children (all within SECAT) 
  • Over ten year's experience within Further Education providing information, advice and guidance for young adults and adults. 
  • Previous experience of working alongside external agencies within the community for the benefit of the student/public. 
  • My aim is to encourage the growth of diversity within education and beyond. "Every child is a different kind of flower and together they make a beautiful garden". 
  • I believe childhood aspirations within a primary school setting are an important driver for achievement later in life. 

Motunrayo Olaotan Fakorede´╗┐

  • I work in Child Protection.  I started my career in the Youth Offending Team.  I have previous work experience in schools as a Learning Mentor and Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • I have BA in Criminology, MA in Youth Justice and MA in Social Work.
  • I enjoy reading, running and spending quality time with my family.
  • I am passionate about working with families to enhance children’s learning.  I also want to promote children’s participation in key decisions about their learning.

If you would like to read the information in the documents listed below, please click on the appropriate link.

Funding Agreement

Annual Audited Accounts

Annual Report (as above) -

Register of Interests for the Accounting Officer