Alton School

Our Governance


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Liz Stoyel 

Co-opted Governor
Chair of Local Governors
Chair of the Children, Families & Community committee
Member of Teaching & Learning committee

Also Trustee of the Quality First Education Trust since August 2017

Term of office: 30 June 2015 - 30 June 2019

Link role: Children with Special Educational Needs and DisabilitiesAttainment and Progress, RAISEonline and the Data Dashboard.

I am currently the Chair of the Board of Governors and was Vice Chair for two years prior to that.  I joined the Alton School Board of Governors in 2008.  I have lived in Roehampton for 23 years and, before that, in Battersea for 9 years.  I became a governor because I wanted to give something back to the community in which I lived.

I am also Chair of the Children, Families & Community committee.  The aim of this committee is to ensure that the school provides an environment where children enjoy coming to school, behave well and feel safe; that families are happy with the school; and that the school plays its part in the local community.  I am also a member of the Teaching & Learning committee which aims to ensure that the children have an excellent education, not only in the core subjects of reading, writing and maths but also in the whole curriculum.

When I left school, I went to the University of Southampton and studied for a degree in Geology.  Afterwards, I worked for a number of IT companies as a technical writer, a software developer, a business analyst and in sales support.  Recently, I took a degree course at Kingston University in Health, Exercise & Nutrition and was involved in a number of after school clubs teaching children and their parents about a healthy lifestyle.

As Chair of Governors, I speak to the Headteacher almost every week during term time.  I try to visit the school regularly and, during my visits, I love speaking to the children about what they are learning at school.

If you would like to discuss anything with me I can be contacted care of the Alton School.

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Abi Cutmore

Parent Governor

Term of office 30 June 2015 - 30 June 2019

I am a mother of three children, one of which attends the Alton School. As both a parent governor and a member of Friends of the Alton I am in a prime position to listen to the other parents/carers and gather their views and suggestions.

Claire Gilbert  


Cllr Wandsworth Council


Term of office: 10 Mar 2109 - 9 Mar 2024

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Geoff Morris      

Vice Chair of Local Governors
Co-opted Governor
Resources Committee

Also a Trustee of the Quality First Education Trust since November 2017

Term of office 30 June 2015 - 30 June 2019

I grew up in Evesham in the Midlands where my father became the chair of governors of my primary school the year I left, a post he still holds 31 years later. It is mainly the fulfilment that he has gained from his role which inspired me to join a governing board myself. 
I have worked within the education sector for over eight years and have a good understanding of the realities of running a school in the 21st century.
I currently work as an estate agent in the borough and feel I am part of the community in Wandsworth now. My wife and I have lived in Wandsworth for the last 10 years and now see it as home. In my free time I enjoy rugby, cycling and going to the cinema.

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Joe Ridout

Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 30 June 2015 - 30 June 2019

I grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne and went on to read Chemistry at the University of Oxford. I studied for a Doctorate under Professor Judith Howard CBE, Dr. Ehmke Pohl and Dr. Michael Probert at the University of Durham and have published several academic articles in the field of Chemical Crystallography. 

While studying, I was involved in outreach programmes designed to encourage under-represented groups to study at Oxford or Cambridge. I was also involved in projects to encourage these groups to study STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

I currently work as a Patent Attorney in Holborn, specialising in the pharmaceutical sector.

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Ben Saunders

Staff Governor

Term of Office 10th Jan 2019 - 9th Jan 2024

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Adam Smith 


(Currently Travelling) 

Term of office: 21 Mar 2017 to 20 Mar 2022

I work as a software developer for a technology firm in London. I have experience in finance, having worked previously at the Bank of England, and have also worked as a management consultant advising NHS hospitals and commissioners.

I grew up in Oxfordshire and studied undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. I live in Wandsworth, and am delighted to be able to serve the local community as a school Governor. In my free time, I enjoy walking, reading and going to the theatre.

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Adam Watson 

Co-opted Governor
Chair of Resources Committee

Term of office: 30th June 2015 - 30th June 2019

Working in the banking industry for 15 years and being a qualified accountant mean that I am comfortable with the business and finance side of things and having 4 children at primary school means that I understand a lot of the issues and challenges that the school, staff and children face.

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Jessica Wilding

Staff Governor

Term of Office 10th Sept 2019 - 9th Sept 2024
I am an Assistant Head teacher and am responsible for leading Early Years and Key Stage 1.

I have been the staff governor at The Alton for the last year, I gather and communicate the opinions and messages for the school staff and present these to the governors in our governing body meetings.

I first joined The Alton in 2016 and have been a teacher for 8 years.  I have worked in a variety of schools both in and outside of London, so have a good understanding of the different needs and wants of individual children in different environments and circumstances.