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Our board of governors provides support, guidance and critical oversight to the Headmistress and the school. The governors bring valuable expertise from various professional fields and we are very grateful for their commitment and their capabilities.

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What do the governors do?

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

How is the school governed?

Sutton High School, along with the other schools of the Girls’ Day School Trust, is administered by the Council of the Trust. Each school has its own School Governing Board (SGB) whose Chair is appointed by the Council. New governors are appointed by the existing SGB. Each governor serves up to three terms of three years each.

How can I get in touch?

The Chair of our board of governors is Dr Colin Laverick. Should you wish to contact Dr Laverick direct, please write to him at: Sutton High School, 55 Cheam Road, Sutton SM1 2AX

Our governors

Dr Colin Laverick (Chair)

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.

Mrs Elisabeth Broers

Mrs Broers attended Hereford High School for Girls and then read Law at the University of Kent followed by the College of Law, Chancery Lane. She was admitted as a Solicitor in 1985 but retrained in primary education in 2000 after a career break bringing up her family. Elisabeth has been Deputy and Acting Head in Sutton schools and is now Head of Robin Hood Junior School. She is keen to build partnerships between schools that share expertise and is currently working with the Chartered College of Teaching as a mentor.

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

Dr Padley is a Fellow, Admissions Tutor, and Tutor at Churchill College, Cambridge, and Director of Studies in Education at St Edmund’s and Lucy Cavendish Colleges (the latter, one of Cambridge’s three Colleges for women only). He is an Honorary Member of Cambridge’s Faculty of English and teaches for the Faculty of Education.

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.