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      The School Governing Body

      Sutton High School, along with the other schools of the Girls’ Day School Trust, is administered by the Council of the Trust. The Chairman of our own School Governing Board (SGB) is appointed by the Council. Then the Chairman and local governors appoint new members to the SGB. Each governor serves up to three terms of three years each. All members take an active interest in the daily life of the school.

      The main responsibilities of the governors are:

      • To be critical friends of the school
      • To support the Headmistress and her staff
      • To contribute to strategic and business planning for the school
      • To be ambassadors for the school in the local community

      The Chair of our Governing Board is Dr Para Patel. Should you wish to contact Dr Patel direct, please write to her at: Sutton High School, 55 Cheam Road, Sutton SM1 2AX.

      Members of the School Governing Body are:

      Chair of Governors: Dr Para Patel
      Deputy Chair of Governors: Dr Colin Laverick
      Professor Helen King
      Dr Jonathan Padley
      Mr William Rogers
      Ms Joanna Santinon
      Mr Stephen Scammel

      Dr Para Patel
      Para is an alumna and former Head Girl of Sutton High School, having attended from 1991 to 2002. Having qualified as a Doctor she has taught medical students, junior doctors and nurse practitioners basic physiology and clinical and communication skills. She is also Head of Mentoring for the Golden Pavement Society, which is an organisation established for young professional women. It provides a fantastic forum to share ideas and experiences, as well as supporting and inspiring young women to achieve their goals. She is currently collaborating with a colleague to develop a series of podcasts to produce diverse, intelligent, engaging debates on issues on and related to Global Health. Para has a longstanding love of travel and photography, is part of a book group and enjoys hiking and cooking.

      Dr Colin Laverick
      Dr Colin Laverick has worked for the Girls’ Day School Trust since 1997 in a variety of senior management roles, including a brief stint as Acting Deputy Head at Sutton High School in 2012. He began his career teaching and conducting research at the University of Hull. Later he taught at a number of boarding schools, where he also served as a housemaster. Colin has always been interested in the training and development of teachers. This culminated in the setting up of South London Teacher Training, a consortium of schools training 30 students a year. Recently, Colin has moved into the field of rock heritage, working for Access All Areas and winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2016.

      Professor Helen King
      Professor King is an alumna of Sutton High School, having attended from 1969 to 1976. She is a graduate of University College London, where she also took her doctorate. She has held research fellowships at the universities of Cambridge and Newcastle, and has worked as a lecturer at Liverpool Hope University College, the University of Reading and The Open University, from which she retired as Professor Emerita in Classical Studies in 2011. She continues to write and blog, and to work for the Quality Assurance Agency. In 2017-18 she also holds a Rydell Visiting Professorship at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. She is a volunteer with the local library service and an authorised preacher in the Oxford Diocese.

      Dr Jonathan Padley
      Jonathan Padley is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and the College's Admissions Tutor. He is Director of Studies in Education at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, and teaches for Cambridge's Faculty of Education. He is an Honorary Research Associate of the Department of English Language and Literature at Swansea University.

      Mr William Rogers
      William Rogers is a trained ISI team inspector and has recently retired as Deputy Head of Emanuel School. Prior to that he held a variety of senior roles at Wallington County Grammar, where he taught for over twenty years. His interests include reading, photography, cycling and keeping fit. He also enjoys walking and going to the theatre, and is a qualified ski instructor.

      Ms Joanna Santinon
      Joanna Santinon LLB FCA attended The Belvedere School GDST, and then Sheffield University. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. She is a partner at EY where she has worked since 1998. At EY Joanna has been partner sponsor of the women's network for the last seven years. She has been a member of the steering committee of the 30 percent club which campaigns for diversity from school level through to boardroom. Joanna lives in Wimbledon with her husband and two young children.

      Mr Stephen Scammell
      Stephen Scammell is a Partner and Director of Sawyer and Fisher, an independent construction consultancy providing tailored Quantity Surveying and Project Management advice. He is also an accredited member of the RICS Conservation Group and SPAB Guardian.

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