Charlton Church of EnglandPrimary School ‘Transforming lives through God’s embrace'

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Welcome toCharlton Church of EnglandPrimary School ‘Transforming lives through God’s embrace'


Welcome to our Governors’ section

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Although the head teacher is in charge of the school, a governing body made up of various people oversee the work and management of the school. They meet formally twice per term and receive a report from the head teacher each term. They are ultimately responsible for all aspects of the school’s work, budgeting, curriculum and employment of staff.


The school and the local governing board follow the Aquila Scheme of Delegation.  There are six full local governing board meetings a year, along with a Finance Committee and Pay Committee.


Hazel Groves (Chair of Governors)Peter Ward
01/01/2011 - 28/02/202311 January 2019 - 10 January 2023
Director AppointedParent Governor
Works for The Education PeopleEmployed by Canterbury College
Hazel Groves has been a Governor at Charlton since 2011.  Both her children have attended the school.  Hazel worked as a Legal Secretary before starting a family and currently works part time as a Governance Professional.  She is an active member at One Church in Tower Hamlets and serves as secretary for Christians Together in Dover.  In her spare time Hazel enjoys painting, reading and adventures with her family.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Peter Ward has over twelve years’ experience in a Further Education environment in Technology.
He has been involved with the Dover Community and was on a Steering Group for Dover District Council and helped plan the new Dover District Sports Centre in Whitfield.  Peter is also a member of the Parish Church Council and the congregation at SS Peter & Paul Charlton Church. In the future, Peter is planning on running for Town or District in Dover to help improve our town further.
He is a freelance gaming journalist, editor of and has a game development company Go-Retro.
Peter is looking forward to helping the school at which he was also a pupil.


Susan VickAndrea Charlton 
22/04/2019 - 22/04/202330 November 2021 - 29 November 2025
Co-opted GovernorStaff Governor
 Employed by the school
Sue has lived in the Dover area for over 30 years. She has brought up four children who attended River school, where she served as a parent governor for eight years. Sue trained as a teacher and initially taught children in Key Stage 2. On moving to Kent she started a preschool with a friend, which still operates as a community preschool now. She returned to teaching in the nineties and spent the rest of her career teaching in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 at Sandgate Primary School Folkestone. Sue retired six years ago and now enjoys travel, gardening and volunteering for the National Trust.

Andrea Charlton started working at Charlton School in 2000, she worked as a TA and worked in different classes for KS2 , after many years she felt she would like to help and support parent's and families and is now the Family Liaison Officer and supports children in smaller intervention groups.





Margaret TylerCharlotte Zosseder
24 May 2021 - 23 May 202518 June 2021 - 17 June 2025
Foundation GovernorParent Governor

I have lived in Dover all my life and have been blessed with 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

When my youngest son started school I became a registered child minder and opened a Parent & Toddler group in Tower Hamlets which ran weekly until the beginning of the pandemic.

I have been married to Chris for 35 years and we have worshipped at Charlton Church since 1986.

I love all types of music and in my spare time enjoy belonging to 5 local choirs.






Charlotte (Also known as Charlie) has lived in Dover for nearly 15 years and has one son at Charlton CofE School.

Charlotte is a District and Town Councillor for Dover and is involved with a variety of community groups and projects.  

Charlotte is a keen gardener and loves to bake especially with her son.  















Dawn Bisset Rev. Melissa Carter       
21 December 2021 - 20 December 202526 April 2022
Foundation GovernorFoundation Governor - Ex Officio




Hi, I am Dawn, I have recently been appointed as a school governor for  Charlton Primary School. I am delighted to be part of the team working to support the school to achieve a happy, successful and spiritually rewarding experience for your children.

I have lived and worked in Dover for 35  years as a nurse and midwife. When my three children were little I also volunteered as a parent governor and have been involved in setting up a Sunday school, and sailing club locally. I am now semi-retired, retraining as a coach, and enjoy spending more time with my family.  I love water sports and can be found either dinghy sailing or swimming in my spare time.



Hi, my name is Melissa. I moved to Dover in 2019 when I came to join the Dover Town Team Benefice as Team Vicar. I have particular responsibility for schools and children's work in the team as I love working with children and helping them nurture their spirituality. I was really pleased to be asked join the governing body at Charlton school alongside supporting them in their collective worship. I am accompanied everywhere by my guide dog Zoe and we hope to have some fun as well as offering encouragement and support to the Charlton school community. 



Debbie Stryzyk - Clerk 

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