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Governors

Governors are volunteers from various sections of the school community, including parents,staff and the wider community. We are responsible for ensuring the school meets all of it's statutory obligations, for supporting and challenging the school leadership and working with the school to ensure the children have the best outcomes possible, both academically and socially.

Parent Governors

Kate Weller

Alton Infant School was one of the first places I visited when moving to Alton and I was struck by the warm, friendly reception I received so when the opportunity arose to become a governor I jumped at the chance to become involved with the school.

Both of my children had a great time there, enjoying everything the school has to offer; with the school giving them a wonderful foundation for the future.

My professional background is in the media industry managing diverse teams, delivering complex projects to an international audience, in addition to writing content and developing social media campaigns for a number of clients both large and small. These days I run my bespoke cake business from home and I volunteer at Alton Infant School as a Librarian.

I am proud to be involved with Alton Infant School and promise to continue to work hard to ensure the continuing success of the school and pupils.

Committees: Head Teacher Performance Management and Pay. 

Monitoring area:- Maths

End Date: July 2024

Ben Newton

I feel very privileged to have had two children at Alton Infant School. From our first interaction, I've been consistently impressed with the conspicuous levels of care and dedication exhibited by all members of staff. My children have loved all aspects of the school and thrive here, growing in not just ability but confidence and self-belief. My background initially as a secondary teacher and since 2008 the Army, has provided a wealth of practical experience managing and administering both people and projects, skills I look forward to employing to support and benefit the school.

Committees: Pay and Finance.

Monitoring areas:- Sports Premium, Pupil Premium and Recovery Funding.

End Date: July 2024

Staff Governor

Emily  Plant

 

Topics - Governor Visits

I have been working at Alton Infant School for 6 years after completing my Primary Teaching Degree at Winchester University. I am proud to work with such supportive and kind people and to share lovely teaching moments with the children. In my spare time, I enjoy taking my dog for long walks, visiting friends and family and exploring new places. I joined the Governing Body as a Staff Governor because I want to be able to contribute even more to help keep the school a safe and stimulating environment.

Responsible for Governor Training.

End Date: July 2023

Associate Member

Tanya Hayes - Deputy Headteacher

I am very proud to work at Alton Infant School and to also be able to support the school through participation with the Governing body. From the moment I visited the school I felt it was a happy, safe and unique place for children to learn. I worked in the financial services industry before studying to complete my teaching degree and have now been teaching for over 25 years. My own daughter has now completed her university education and being a parent and teacher has given me an insight into a range of education experiences.

I am very much looking forward to continuing to support our school in years to come.

Responsible for Governor visits and monitoring and as part of the Finance Committee.

 

Co-Opted Governors

Julia Flory - Vice Chair of Governors

After six years on the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor of Alton Infant School, I have happily taken on the role of Vice Chair of Governors. My areas of interest in the past have been working with the English Team and this is especially relevant now with the Introduction of Unlocking Letters and Sounds as a new phonics scheme. As part of the panel appointing Mr Mead as Head Teacher I have enjoyed working with him as he settled into the school.  With children who are beyond school age, I always enjoy my visits to Alton Infant School and catching a quick word with the staff on the way past as it goes from strength to strength.

I work from home near Four Marks and am actively involved in a voluntary basis in my own community. I have three children in their early twenties, one old black spaniel and one young and cheeky Jack Russell!

Committees: Headteacher Performance Management and Pay.

Monitoring areas:- English (including phonics and early reading) and also responsible for Governor induction. 

End Date: July 2025

Rich Lloyd-Ablitt

I believe strongly in creating inclusive environments that allow everyone to thrive and develop. The school shares this vision and as a value based school, is firmly focused on supporting the children of our community to grow into their potential. To have the opportunity to be on the board of governors and support the school in creating a culture where the children of Alton can learn and flourish is something I am immensely proud of. I have worked within the public sector for 15 years, with extensive experience of financial budgets as well as threat/risk assessments and contingency planning. I intend on continuing to use this experience in my role on the financial committee and as the Health and Safety governor to support the school deliver for our children.

Committees:- Finance.

Monitoring areas:- Health and safety.

End Date: July 2025

Stephanie Greenhalgh - Chair of Governors

As a parent who had children at Alton Infant School I have been impressed by the staff’s energy and genuine care for all of the children.  The school have been able to strike a key but delicate balance, creating a warm environment that seeks to support the children emotionally as well as encouraging them to progress academically.  The management team are aware that improvements can always be made but at all stages seek to put the children’s needs first.  I have been a matrimonial lawyer for over 10 years and my work has enabled me to assist families through difficult periods aiming to deal with matters with empathy and minimal acrimony. 

Within that role I have dealt with restructuring of family assets as well as agreements regarding children.  I have recently moved into the financial sector where I am training as an Independent Financial Advisor.  I hope to be able to use my skills to ensure that pupils continue to enjoy their time at Alton Infant School and that their journey in education has the best possible start.

Committees: Finance.

Monitoring areas:- Wider curriculum. 

End Date: January 2023

Amy Rowland

As a parent, before my children started school, I heard the reputation of Alton Infant School was amazing. As a staff member at Bushy Leaze Children & Families Centre, it was clear professionals too had high opinions of Alton Infant School. The school is friendly, safe, and stimulating, but above all - nurturing.  I now have one child at Alton Infant School and two more at the local junior school. Staff are dedicated and passionate about what they do which makes AIS a very special place. It's all about the people.

I started working with children as a Learning Support Assistant and then trained as a teacher. I moved on to a managerial role in a tuition centre for 5-14 year olds. For many years I have been a Family Support Worker and Senior Early Years Practitioner for 0-5 year olds, as well as running support groups for local families. 

I am proud to be part of AIS to continue to ensure families in Alton have a strong, positive start to their education. 

Monitoring areas: Early Years, vulnerable pupils (including SEND and Pupil Premium Pupils) and safeguarding.

End date: March 2024

Will Pointer

 

 

 

I am excited to join the Governing Board here at Alton Infant School. From my first visit I was impressed by the school’s ethos and approach to education as well as the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff. 

I have worked in educational assessment for over ten year in research, technical and operational roles. I hope to be able to use my knowledge and skills to help ensure that Alton Infant School continues to provide an excellent education to the children in the local area.

Committee:- Pay

Monitoring areas:- Assessment, attainment and progress data (school performance).

Local Authority Governor

Roisin Pope

 

I have been a neighbour of Alton Infant School since I moved to Alton five years ago. Having since made Alton our family home and now a parent to 2 children, I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the team as a Governor. I have already been incredibly impressed by the school and the care and commitment that the staff has in delivering excellence in teaching and learning as well as providing high levels of care and compassion.

In my professional background I have nearly 20 years’ experience working in communications, working across the public, private and government sectors, as well as within local and national government bodies. A lot of my career has focused around developing communications strategies and platforms to engage a wide range of audiences, as well as project management and events organisation.

I am really proud to be a Governor at Alton Infant School, which has such a strong vision and values.  I hope that I can use my background and skills to support the school and the staff in providing the best educational start in life for every child at Alton Infant School.

Committee: Headteacher Performance Management.

Responsibilities:- Governor Forum Representative. 

End Date: September 2026

 

 

Contacting the Governors

If you wish to contact the Governors, please email the School Office, who will forward as necessary.

Become A Governor

If you are interested in applying to become a school governor or want to find out more, please read the information found on the following page: Find out more about becoming a governor

Link to Hampshire County Council Governor website: http://www.hants.gov.uk/education/governors