Amanda Sutton - Chair of the Governors
I joined the CSGS Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2008 and became Chair in September 2016. I am a member of the Curriculum and Assessment, Finance, Estates Management and Personnel Committees. In addition to this, I am the Link Governor for Special Educational Needs, Pupil Premium and Attendance. As Chair of the Parents' Association for several years I established a good working relationship with staff, parents and pupils. Before taking time off to raise my 4 children, 2 of whom were students at Chis & Sid, I worked as a Money Broker. In the last few years I have had several roles in the voluntary sector and currently sit as a Magistrate. My aim as Chair of Governors is to ensure that all children at Chis & Sid have access to an outstanding education.
I joined the CSGS Governing Body in September 2019 with a purpose and passion to make a positive difference to the lives of all our students. I’m a member of the HR, Estates, Finance and Change committees, with a special interest in Mental Health and Wellbeing. I’m Chair of both the very successful CSGS Parents’ Association and the CSGS Netball Association, which allows me to work with school staff and parents from all year groups to get things done. I’ve also been Chair for Colfes Parents’ and Friends’ Association for 7 years. Prior to having 2 children, both who’ve been students at Chis & Sid, I had a successful career in The City, working in Insurance for Willis Faber Dumas. Having grown up locally I've always wanted to give back and follow my passion for supporting the local community. I’ve fundraised for the Phoenix Centre in Bromley and facilitated for Bromley and Croydon Women’s Aid, running their Keys to Freedom course. I volunteer as a Covid Vaccinator, based at Downham in Bromley, which includes their Outreach programme. I’m an advocate of lifelong learning and love a challenge and new experiences.
I am a CSGS "old boy" and was fortunate enough to attend back in the 1970s, just after the school became mixed (and the wearing of caps became optional). I spent 35 years in financial services, mostly in the City of London, with companies such as Schroders, Aviva and Royal London. My experience included a number of director and head of compliance positions as well as working for regulatory bodies. I have recently moved into part-time consultancy work which means I have more time to devote to other interests like belatedly studying for a degree with the Open University and now taking a governor role with the school. I am married with two children, one of whom is currently with Chis and Sid. My outside interests include golf, cycling and supporting Charlton Athletic (through thick and thin). Whilst I am not an “education expert” I believe my experience stands me in good stead to contribute positively to the school’s continued success
I was very grateful to be invited by the trustees to help serve as a Governor in January 2019.
My son is currently in year 9 and my daughter will be starting this year. I have been a Governor at their primary school for 8 years, with 2 years as Partnership Chair and now 5 years as Chair. With the support of a great team I have had the pleasure in seeing the school go from strength to strength. I strongly believe all children should be given the opportunity to progress to the best of their abilities, within a fun, creative, challenging and safe environment, which will encourage them to become lifelong learners. Personally I have worked in many creative industries over the years, from television, film and games as an artist, developer and manager. More recently working from home has allowed me to be as involved as I can with my children, and I am currently developing e-learning environments for a university as well as indie games.
I joined the CSGS Governing Body in January 2019 and hope to make a positive contribution through a blend of my skills and experience coupled with my enthusiasm for education. I taught mathematics at three different schools in the Borough of Bexley and I have a particular interest in the role that technology can play within education. The challenge of preparing young people for their future in a rapidly changing world fascinates me. My eldest daughter currently attends the school and I hope she will be joined by her brother in a few years’ time. When not working or spending time with family I am a keen, albeit mediocre, tennis player.
I was elected as a Parent Governor in November 2017. My son is in Year 9. I was educated at a comprehensive school on the Isle of Wight and went from there to Pembroke College, Cambridge to read Philosophy. I then studied law and qualified as a barrister. I am a member of Grays’s Inn and was called to the Bar in 1998. I currently practise from 3, Temple Gardens, London and sit on the pupillage committee at my chambers. I have taught some advocacy courses to undergraduates at the University of Hertfordshire and usually end up as one of the judges at the National Criminal Advocacy Competition that is held there each summer.
I retired from full time employment and was elected a Parent Governor in October 2019 and am now looking forward to where I can best add value to the school in this new role. Studying for seven years at the school was instrumental in getting me to Cambridge for an engineering degree and then a PhD in mathematical modelling. Subsequently I spent 32 years in the City, at the Bank of England and JP Morgan Asset Management, the last seven years as an Investment Director. I am now looking to tutor mathematics and do some part time consultancy work. My son, niece and nephew are all current pupils, with my brother, sister and father all also being former ones. In my spare time I volunteer with “Friends of the Shuttle” improving the environment of this little, local river and I am also a keen “Park Runner”, looking to improve my PBs at various locations and add new ones to my list.
Dr Caroline Garaway
I am a new parent governor having been elected in March 2021. My son is in year 8 and has enjoyed his time at Chis and Sid so far despite all the challenges that the pandemic has brought. I am an academic at UCL, being part of the Anthropology department with a research specialism in Environmental Anthropology. I study the impact of development and other environmental changes on fisher/farmers in the Mekong Basin and, closer to home, fishers and shellfishers in the Thames Estuary.
I am also Vice Dean of Education for our Faculty overseeing educational enhancement in the departments of Anthropology, Archaeology, Political Science, Economics, History, History of Art and Geography.
I am, and have always been, passionate about education and am extremely excited to have the opportunity to get involved in education at secondary level. Over the past year I have played a leading role in helping our staff and students (>5000 students >400 teaching staff) adapt to remote learning, so I am extremely aware of the challenges this has posed to the education sector. It has also made me keenly aware of how the pandemic has exposed structural inequalities in our society with respect to education, the digital divide, and the differential experiences of lockdown felt by students of all ages across the UK. I look forward to helping our Chis and Sid students in these critical years post pandemic.
I joined CSGS as a Governor in April 2021. I have a daughter in year 10 and a son in year 8. I grew up and was educated in Surrey and have a degree in Biomedical Science and Business from Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London (Now Queen Mary University) and a Masters in Social & Organisational Psychology from London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE). I worked for over 20 years in recruitment and HR, in large recruitment firms and KPMG. I have been privileged to live and work in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Tokyo but now have my roots firmly planted back in the UK. I currently run my own business which I co-founded in June 2018, assisting young adults with the transition between education and the workplace. Being self-employed has afforded me the time to become more involved with causes that are important to me; education, mental and physical health and well-being. I am a Parent Digital Helpline Volunteer for YoungMinds and a qualified Mental Health First Aider for Youth.
I teach the Religious Studies curriculum (all major faiths) to pupils at KS3 - KS5. I have delivered INSET training to Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students. I am also a Trustee at the Endeavour Academy Trust.
I have just started my fifth academic year at CSGS as a German teacher and Head of Learning. I was elected as a Staff Governor in July 2022.
Before I began teaching in the UK, I completed a degree in French and German at the University of Sussex, after which I taught Business English and English as a Foreign Language for 5 years in Freiburg, Germany. While in Germany I completed a Master's Degree in 'Bildungswissenschaften', pursuing my interest in Educational Psychology.
More recently, I managed an English language school in Guatemala, training teachers and teaching students of all ages. Outside of work I enjoy learning languages, travelling and I play football for a women’s team in London.
I was elected as a Teacher Governor in 2011 and am currently Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for SEND, Wellbeing and Health & Safety. I also teach Physical Education across the Key Stages and Lead the School Cricket programme.
Members of the Governing Trust
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