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

Our Values:








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) Andrew Hayes (Vice Chair of Governors)
01/01/2011 - 28/02/2023 02/08/2017 - 01/08/2021
Director Appointed Director Appointed
Works for The Education People  
Also a governor at Dover Grammar School for Boys Also a governor at Dover Grammar School for Girls
Hazel Groves has been a Governor at Charlton since 2011 and a parent governor at DGSB since 2017.  Both her children have attended the school.  Hazel worked as a Legal Secretary before starting a family and currently works part time as a Governors Clerk.  She is an active member at the Ark in Tower Hamlets.  In her spare time Hazel enjoys painting, reading and adventures with her family.

Andrew Hayes has been a governor at Charlton since 2017 and a parent governor at DGGS since 2018. Both Andrews children have attended Charlton and gone on to DGGS. Andrew runs a local construction company specialising in bespoke restoration works. In his spare time Andrew likes to keep fit, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with his family and pets.


Josias De Souza (Ex Officio) Andrea Charlton 
26/05/2016 - 25/05/2020 30/11/2017 - 29/11/2021
Ex Officio Foundation Governor Staff Governor
Local Minister Employed by the school

Josias has been ex officio governor since 2016 when he came from Brazil to Dover to be Mission Priest, having Charlton Parish as one of his responsibilities he became the parish priest for this School. His children have become Charlton School pupils, and they love their classmates and teachers.

In Brazil, even as a Priest, Josias also taught sociology in high school and was a consultant to an advertising company.

He loves music, technology and sushi.​

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.


  Peter Ward
  11/01/2019 - 10/01/2023
  Parent Governor
  Employed by Canterbury College



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 Vick       Debbie Stryzyk - Clerk         
29/04/2019 - 28/04/2021  
Co-opted Governor  

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.




Click the links below for more information on the Governors: