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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.

My eldest daughter loved her time at AIS and my youngest is having a great time at the school too.

My professional background is in the media industry managing diverse teams, delivering complex projects to an international audience, also writing content and developing social media campaigns for a number of clients both large and small. More recently I have launched my own cake business.

I am proud to be involved with AIS and will work hard to ensure the continuing success of the school.

Committee: HT Performance - Topics: Maths

End Date:  Jul 2024

Ben Newton


I feel very privileged to have two children in 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.

Committee: Pay - Topics:  Finance, ICT

End Date:  Jul 2024

Staff Governor

Emily  Spreadborough


Topics - Governor Visits

I have been working at Alton Infant School for 5 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 enviroment.

End Date: 31st July 2023

Associate Member

Tanya Hayes - Acting 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 20 years. My own daughter is now in college 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.

Topics: Governor Training, ICT

End Date: 28th Feb 2021

Co-Opted Governors

Julia Flory

I am delighted to have been appointed a Co-opted Governor of Alton Infant School. My professional background has been in Human Resources, Event Management and Fund Raising. I have also really enjoyed Chairing the Parents Associations at some of my children’s schools in the past and liasing with the staff. I live near Four Marks, have three children – two of whom are starting University and one still at secondary school.     

I currently work from home in the Travel Business which will give me the flexibility to get involved at AIS as and when  required and look forward to meeting the children, staff and the parents.

Committee: HT Performance, Pay - Topics: Literacy

End Date:  Jul 2021

Joanna Uznanska


I am very proud I have recently joined the Governor Team at Alton Infant School as a parent governor. I am mum of two lovely girls attending Alton Infant School Emilia ( year 2) & Adrianna ( year R).   I moved to Alton 12 years ago and I have loved the town ever since. I have got few passions in my life: my daughters,  finance & learning  languages. Becoming a governor is something I wanted to do for a long time and I hope my skills, experience & knowledge will contribute to the long term success of Alton Infant School.



Committee: Pay - Topics: SEN, Finance & Pupil Premium

End Date:  Jul 2024

Allan Coombs - Chair of Governors

Having been an Associate Governor since September 2011 I was appointed an Authority Governor when a vacancy arose. I now live in Alton having moved from Medstead in 2011. I have been involved with Scouting for over 20 years holding roles of District Chairman and District Commissioner before taking on my current roles of Training Manager and treasurer for the Rotherfield District.

My background is in Information Technology Operations, Project Management and Finance so I get to put all of these skills to good use.

Committee: Topics: Finance, ICT and Governors website


End Date: 31st March 2021

Joe Taylor

I first attended Alton Infant School in the late 80s as a pupil and I have happy memories of my formative years there. When the first of my children began attending in 2014 I was excited to see how the school was now. It was clear to me right away that the team working here are incredibly dedicated and professional. Their passion to do the very best they can for the children they teach is plain to see on every visit. My own background is in the construction industry where I run my own business and project manage anything from new builds and developments to extensions and renovations.

When I’m not working, I enjoy playing squash and competing the league for Alton Squash Academy. I have been self-employed for most of my working life and I hope to use the skills I have developed to better support the school and to continue improving standards.

Committee: Appeal - Topics: Governors Forum, Buildings, Health & Safety, ICT

End Date:  June 2021

Stephanie Greenhalgh

As a parent with 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.

Committee: Pay - Topics: Finance and wider curriculum

End Date:  Jan 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 AIS. The school is friendly, safe, and stimulating, but above all - nurturing.  I now have two children at AIS and one more soon to join. Staff are dedicated and passionate about what they do which makes AIS a very special place. Its all about the people.

I started working with children as an LSA, then trained as a teacher. I moved on to a managerial role in a tuition centre for 5-14 year olds. For nine 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. 


Committee: Headteacher Performance - Topics: Early Years, Safeguarding

End date: March 2024

Contacting the Governors

If you wish to contact the Governors, please send an email to 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

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