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Meet the Governors

Executive Headteacher     Jude Ramshaw

Head of School                   Sam Cantini  (ex officio)


Staff Governor

Pamela Baracchini - Staff Governor - Term of Office ends 14/12/2019

Born in Italy, I first came to the UK to attend the University in 1998 for a term. On completion of my studies in Italy I returned to England and attended a MA in Interpreting and Translation at the University of Bath.  After finishing my studies I worked for a few years in the HR department of IBM, Portsmouth.  I left IBM when my eldest daughter was born and started my own business as a freelance translator.

I have now been working as a TA at Court Lane Junior School since 2014 and have 4 children - 3 of them attending   CLJS, whilst my eldest has moved to Springfield Secondary School.

I have been a governor since December 2015 and believe that, as a parent and a member of staff and living in the local community, I can be of service to the Governing Body.

Co-opted Governors


Brian Greenwood (Chair of Governors) -  Appointed by Directors - Term of office ends 01/09/2020







William Murray -  Appointed by Directors - Term of office ends 01/09/2020

Born and raised in London, I joined and served in the Royal Navy as an Engineer, finally settling in Portsmouth in the late seventies. I have since worked mainly in the Defence Industry and, for the last twelve years, have been working within the Naval Base in a number of senior business and programme management roles. My Granddaughter attended CLJS, my Grandson still attends and my Daughter was a 'Teaching Assistant' for a number of years before starting her 'Teacher Training' within the school. I have therefore, had very close ties to a school that I have found to be outstanding in the way it teaches and moulds young people. My daughter encouraged me to volunteer to become a Co-Opted Governor, which I did in March this year (2015). I am looking forward to 'learning' about the School in more detail and finding ways in which my experience, knowledge and skills can help the School continue to be successful in educating young people. As well as being a member of the Full Governing Body, I am also a member of the Resources Committee, part of the Head Teacher Appraisal Team and the Governors Lead for Science.

Rev Simon Ford - Appointed by Directors - Term of office ends 01/09/2020

I have been employed as a Minister working with children and young people for over 20 years and all throughout that time I have had the privilege of being a Governor within Junior Schools. I began my Governor 'career' at Ashley Junior School in the New Forest and 'transferred' to Court Lane Juniors in 2000. I am married to Vanessa and our 3 children have all enjoyed their journey through the school. Within my job at Cosham Baptist my role is primarily with children and young people and I value being part of the Governing Body that ensures they get the best all round education. I am now a co-opted governor and I see my main role as one of support and challenge. I love the opportunities when we can get involved with new developments and new ways of engaging children and assisting their learning. I love taking on new challenges - anything from completing a non-stop walk from London Eye to Spinnaker Tower to putting on 'Experiences' for thousands of local children to enjoy.

Andrew Fearnley – Appointed by Directors - Term of Office ends 01/09/2020

With around 30 years of military service and then a further 10 years in industry, I have experience as a Head of Department, member of the organisation’s Management Board and have held various responsibilities for all aspects of Logistics, Finance, Human Resources, Food and Hotel Services. As part of my education I qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant.

With 4 children (now adults) and 4 grandchildren, I am particularly aware of the advantages a sound education can bring for each individual and the wider community. Having lived in the Drayton area for the last 25 years, I was keen to use my experience and knowledge to contribute to the running of a local   

school and in some small way serve the community. When the opportunity arose to volunteer as a co-opted governor at Court Lane Junior, given the School’s ethos ‘Live to Serve’ it was an easy decision to join the Governing Body. 

Debbie Poole - Appointed by Directors - Term of Office ends 01/09/2020

Originally from Liverpool I studied engineering at Cardiff University and worked in the UK and overseas.  I moved to Portsmouth in 1996 for work and after developing an interest in law attended Guildford College of Law.  After completing my training I qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and worked as an in-house legal adviser for a publishing company.  I have 2 children, one in Court Lane Infant and the other in Court Lane Junior.

I now advise at a Portsmouth based advice charity and occasionally clerk for the Governing Boards of two other schools in the city.  I consider myself a lifelong learner.  My skills and experience

coupled with my passion for learning should help me to be a good governor and serve the school community well.


Representative Governor

Lynne Downer (Vice Chair of Governors) - Appointed by Directors - Term of office ends 01/09/2020

I joined the governing body at Court Lane Junior School when my children left to attend secondary school and it seemed like a good time to move my support for the school from the PTA to become a Co-opted Governor. Having worked in Education for over 20 years, I care deeply that all children are given the best possible learning opportunities in order to achieve their potential in life. I am Chair of the Resources committee, which meet regularly, about twice a term, to review current budgets, premises issues, Health and Safety, plan long term expenditure and discuss personnel policy. I am also the link governor for English, which gives me an opportunity to work with staff and pupils, gaining an understanding of the curriculum and monitoring outcomes for pupils learning.

Parent Governors             Vacancies


Clerk to the Governors

Jane Cook

I have been Clerk to the Governors for just over a year. I took this on after I retired. I have been a Secretary all of my working life and have a worked in various companies. Since moving to Waterlooville with my husband's job when my children were young, in 1995 I worked at a school in Lovedean as an Admin Assistant for 9 years. I then got a job with Hampshire Education Department and worked for a District Manager in the school improvement service until I retired. Education has been a big part of my working life and I am enjoying the challenge of being Clerk to the Governing Body.