Alverstoke Church of England Junior School





The School is supported and challenged by an active and dedicated board of governors who come from a range of backgrounds and provide a wide range of skills and experience. Many of them are heavily involved in every-day school life and offer a great range of experience and expertise. Governors are often to be seen volunteering in school and accompanying school trips. The governors enjoy an honest and respectful relationship with the Senior Leadership Team, adopting the attitude of critical friend and ensuring that the headteacher can effectively lead, manage and develop the school in line with the school improvement plan. We are all passionate about raising the educational standards of the school and ensuring the ongoing safety and well-being of all staff and children.

The rules of governance of a Church Aided school are different from those of a maintained school in that governors have responsibility for the appointment of staff and for the Christian ethos of the school.

The Governing Body of Alverstoke Junior School comprises 2 Parent Governors, 1 Co-opted Governor, 1 Authority Governor, 1 Staff Governor, the Head Teacher Governor and 8 Foundation Governors, a total of 14 governors. We are constituted under the Instrument of Government.

The 3 core responsibilities of the Governing Body are ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and for the performance management of staff; and overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. The manner in which the Governing Body operate is further defined under the Governing Body Terms of Reference.

Our Governing Body meets 10 times throughout the academic year but also has smaller sub committees that meet to carry out specific tasks such as the Head Teacher Performance Management Panel and the Pay Committee. At the start of each academic year the Governing Body appoints the Chair and Vice Chair and key link positions such as Safeguarding, SEND and H&S. Our experience is that this is the most efficient and effective way of carrying out our responsibilities.

Meet our Governors


Foundation Governors:

Gareth Davis –Gareth is married with three children and has lived in Alverstoke for 15 years. He works in Portsmouth within the Aerospace industry heading up IT Transformation and Change.  Within the parish Gareth attends Alverstoke Evangelical Church where he is serving as the Church Secretary.  He is actively involved in the Church outreach and social events and also on the leadership team for Sunday school where he teaches children between the ages of 11 – 16.  He enjoys spending time with family, cycling and science fiction.

Jean Morgan – ex-officio –  Jean started her Governor journey by being appointed as a Foundation Parent Governor when her children were attending Alverstoke Junior School and she found it be a very worthwhile role.  She has served in most positions on the Governing Body, she is our safeguarding governor and is committed to helping the school progress.

Tim Sharman – Tim is married with 3 adult children, all of whom were pupils at the school in the 90s.  He has lived in Alverstoke since 1990, working locally in the RN and defence industry.  He is a member of St Mary’s choir and occasionally leads an evensong service.  He is also a long-standing member of Logos Community Church (Gosport).  Now retired, he is delighted to have the opportunity to support the School as a Foundation Governor”.

Debbie Thomas - Debbie is married, and had the privilege of becoming a foundation governor in 2019, and SEN governor in 2020. Debbie has attended St Mary’s church Alverstoke for the past 20 years, and served on the PCC, and deanery synod. Debbie is a graduate and works as a teaching assistant for an agency. Previously she have been in the dental industry as a civilian dental nurse for the navy and army, and a dental sales manager.

Hazel Ward – Married with 2 adult children, Hazel has lived in Alverstoke for 23 years. She works full time as a Civil Servant in a Government Commercial Function role. Having had previous experience as a school governor at another school in the area, and as a member of St Mary’s Church, Alverstoke, Hazel volunteered to be a Foundation governor at AJS in 2019. She is looking forward to working with the staff, parents, pupils and governors at the school and hopes to participate in more activities when the lockdown restrictions are eased.

Eleanor Bingham – Eleanor is a Foundation Governor and an active member of St Mary’s Church. She and her husband have lived in Alverstoke for almost 20 years, whilst both serving in the RN. They have two children, the eldest of whom has just started in Reception in Alverstoke Infant School. She is looking forward to putting her professional knowledge and experience to good use in supporting and developing Alverstoke Junior School. Eleanor is supporting Jean in a safeguarding position.



Parent Governors:

Mark Stent - Mark Stent is a newly appointed parent governor. Mark is a Lieutenant Commander Medical Services Officer for the Royal Navy, currently serving in the Institute of Naval Medicine as the Medical Advisor for Submarine, Escape, Rescue, Abandonment and Survival. Mark has a MSc in Emergency Planning Resilience and Response. Mark is married to Jo who is a veteran of the British Army and Royal Navy and now working in Brune Park as a Learning Support Assistant, he is a father of two children, his Son attends Bay House (Year 10) and his Daughter is currently in year 4. Mark is a keen advocate of Mental Health, Inclusivity, Diversity and Neurodiversity. 

Martin Howorth - Martin has been a local healthcare professional for over 20 years, serving the community in local NHS hospitals and currently as a civilian physiotherapist for the Royal Navy. As a parent of two current ACJS pupils, he has his time filled with supporting their varied hobbies, clubs and just getting outdoors to make the most of our beautiful location and resources. He has a love of sport and the water and enjoy turning his hand to anything adventurous. The Howorth’s are a family of animal lovers and currently have two dogs with which they enjoy walks and chaos in equal measures.


Teacher/Support Staff Governors:

Clare Slowther – Clare joined the school as Headteacher in April 2020.  She started her teaching career in Derbyshire, just over 20 years ago.  As a naval wife, she later moved to teach in Wiltshire and finally settled in Hampshire 14 years ago.  Before being appointed to AJS, she was a deputy Headteacher for 10 years.  She has been a Leading Maths Teacher and a Specialist Leader in Education, supporting other local schools with maths and assessment.  She has two children, a son and daughter aged 10 and 7 and has a love of the outdoors so you may see her running or cycling around the local area with them in hot pursuit.


Marissa Ballard - Marissa has worked at Alverstoke Junior for the last twenty years. She started at the school as a newly qualified teacher and has been the deputy headteacher for the last five years. In her current role, Marissa teaches two days a week and leads curriculum and assessment across the school. She enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music and travelling.  


Alex Kennett - Alex has been a primary teacher for 15 years and has worked at Alverstoke Junior School for 13 years. During her time as a teacher here, she has led art and science and taught across all year groups. Alex lives locally and has two children - one of which is also now a pupil at the school too. Outside of school she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, visiting new places, trips to the zoo and watching a good movie.


Associate Member:

Hayley Griffiths - 

Hayley runs her PR and communications business from her home in Alverstoke that she shares with her husband, three children and Border Terrier. Their daughter was welcomed into the junior school this academic year and two sons will eventually follow her.  Hayley's career is rooted in Public Relations primarily in the Maritime sector. She specialises in managing stakeholders, media relations and crisis communications working with companies to strengthen their messaging and public perception. When not working, Hayley has a love for gardening and dreams of one day being a fully-fledged homesteader. Hayley is hugely passionate about childhood learning and early years development and is very much looking forward to supporting and helping to develop the school.