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Executive Headteacher     Jude Ramshaw

Head of School                   Johan Wessels


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.



Brian Greenwood (Chair of Governors) -  Appointed by Directors - Term of office ends 31/08/2020

Born in Hertfordshire and working in early life in London as a systems analyst for a computer company and then IT manager for The Daily Telegraph, I moved to Portsmouth 40 years ago as IT Director for The Portsmouth News. Moving to Drayton in 1983, both my sons attended the Court Lane schools when the Junior school was a “middle” school and that was when I became a governor. Later I worked at The University of Portsmouth as IT Support Manager for two faculties until I retired.

I have been Chair of the Governors for 20 years and have a high regard for the school and the children. Moving from “middle” to “junior school” to “academy” now, with the aim of continuous improvement, has been rewarding and I’m sure sets the children on the right path for a happy and successful life.



Rev Simon Ford - Appointed by Directors - Term of office ends 31/08/2020

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.



Lynne Downer (Vice Chair of Governors) - Appointed by Directors - Term of office ends 31/08/2020

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.