Alverstoke Church of England Junior School





  Chair of Governors - Gareth Davies

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.


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 church and sings bass in the choir.  He is also a long-standing member of Logos Community Church (Gosport).  Now retired, he has served as a Foundation Governor since 2018 and also as supports the school as a volunteer helping with reading and school trips. 


Hazel WardHazel is married with 2 adult children and has lived with her family in Alverstoke for 26 years. She works full time as a Commercial Manager in a local government department, having joined the Civil Service more years ago than she cares to remember! She is an attendee of St Mary’s Church Alverstoke and a member of St Mary’s Parochial Church Council. Hazel has served as a Foundation Governor at AJS for over 4 years and is currently the Diocesan Appointed Governor, which means that she is holding the ex officio position on behalf of the principal officiating minister of the parish.


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.


Mike Rees - Mike served for several years with the British Army specialising in transport, logistics, training and international diplomacy in the UK, Germany, Turkey, North Macedonia, Croatia and Italy. Mike subsequently spent a few years in the MOD Civil Service working for the RAF in media, communications and personnel support including to United States forces in UK. In later life he trained as a building surveyor. Mike is a father of 3, grandfather of 4 and when they and his wife permit, enjoys offshore sailing, open water swimming and singing.


Mike Wheeler - Mike went to the original AJS in Anglesey Road before attending Gosport County Grammar School, leaving to train as a civil engineer. After various appointments(including a tour in Kenya) he joined Gosport Borough Council in 1984, so enabling both his son and daughter to attend the new school. In retirement he has been a Trustee and active fund raiser for the charity CHASE Africa and, with the support of the school, set up the twinning arrangement between Alverstoke and Kitoo, a small Kenyan village. Encouraged by the enthusiasm with which the Young Governors have raised funds for their less fortunate twin-pals he is keen to see this arrangement develop further. Married to a retired maths teacher he spends his spare time playing bridge, learning French and cycling.



Stephen Pethick - Stephen works as the Children and Families worker for Gosport United Reformed Church. He also runs his own business leading training courses in First Aid, Fire Safety, Food Safety, Safeguarding and Midas minibus driving. He is married to Abigail and they have three lovely daughters. He is a keen scouter and helps to lead a Scout group, he has been a Cub Scout leader since 2002. He is a member of Alverstoke Evangelicial Church where he helps with the tech and teaches in the Sunday school. He also leads services as well being part of the preaching team.


Local Authority Governor:

Hayley Griffith Hayley runs her PR and communications business from her home in Alverstoke that she shares with her husband and three children. Their daughter is currently in Year 5 and eldest son in Year 3, their youngest son will eventually join in a few years. 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.


Parent Governors:


Mark Stent -  Mark works for the Houses of Parliament as the Resilience and Emergency Planning Manager and specialises in Emergency Planning and Business Continuity. Mark is married to Johanne and are both veterans of the Armed Forces, he is a father of  two children, his Son attends Itchen College and his Daughter is currently in year 6 and have lived in Alverstoke for the past 17 years. Mark is a keen advocate of Mental Health, Inclusivity, Diversity and Neurodiversity and is Governor lead for SEND.


Jenny HudsonJenny is a local GP with an interest in children's physical and mental health. She enjoys the outdoors, and using physical activity, nature, and gardening to foster wellbeing in both children and adults. She has held leading children's safeguarding roles in primary care and currently works for Wessex Cancer Alliance as a GP advisor alongside her GP role in Fareham. She relocated to Alverstoke from Glasgow in 2012 with her husband Tom, a naval officer. Their eldest son is in year 3 at AJS and they have twin boys in reception at Alverstoke Infant School. She looks forward to using her experience to help make a positive difference to the future of the school and our children.

Teacher/Support Staff Governors:


Clare Slowther – Clare joined the school as Headteacher in April 2020.  She started her teaching career in Derbyshire and as a naval wife, she later moved to teach in Wiltshire and finally settled in Hampshire 17 years ago.  Before being appointed to AJS, she was a Deputy Headteacher for 10 years.  Clare 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 13 and 9.                                                                                                                  


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.  



 Helen Garside - Helen is our newest staff governor, she joined the school in 2009 and currently teaches Year 6.