Governors Profiles

Padfield SueMrs S Padfield                                  

Chair of Governors

Sponsor Governor - Gloucester Diocese

Westminster House

Mrs Padfield is now “retired”, but was formerly a teacher of Mathematics, and later a Boarding School House-parent and Deputy Head.

Mrs Padfield was a governor at Christ Church CofE Primary School for over 15 years, Chairman for 10, and also a governor at Christ College.  She is a member of the Gloucestershire Schools' Forum, the Diocesan Board of Education and the Executive Committee of Gloucestershire Governors’ Association.

She formerly lived and taught in Cheltenham, but has retired to Witcombe, where she is involved in the community and the Local Ministry Team, is Churchwarden and enjoys tennis, gardening and her 5 grandchildren.


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Blaisdon Way




Nicky LoweMrs N Lowe

Sponsor Governor - Clifton Diocese

I have set up and run my own student guardianship business responsible for International students at school in the UK where I have also acted as Chief Safeguarding Officer.  I have four children between the ages of 16 and 25 who have either been through or who are still going through the education system.  I am a Roman Catholic and an active member of St Gregory’s Parish Church in Cheltenham.

AGMr A Griffin 

Staff Governor (Teaching)

Durham House

Mr Griffin has taught at All Saints’ Academy since September 2011.  He previously taught in South Korea and Japan.

A graduate in History & English from Newman University College, his career has included a spell of pub management, education officer at ThinkTank Museum in Birmingham, and he was charged with setting up and managing a new Students’ Union at Hereford College of Arts.

Anthony currently holds the position of Second in the English department and works closely with senior management to shape the curriculum offer for all students.

Bethany Jackson BJMrs B Jackson

Staff Governor (Support)

I am currently a Teaching Assistant and Assistant Tutor at All Saints' Academy. This means I work with many staff and students throughout the school. I am also an active member of the Anglican Church where I am the Coordinator of the Family Service Music Ministry, a member of the PCC and a member of the Deanery Synod in St Catherine’s Church, Gloucester. I also used to work as a Youth and Children’s Minister in Liverpool.

In my spare time I do ballroom dancing, play the Bass Guitar and sing. I have played the White Witch of Narnia in St George’s Hall in Liverpool. I have been involved in creating Bootle’s Biggest Banana Split, running Year 6 transition days in Liverpool Cathedral and leading Primary School Assemblies and workshops. 

AlistairMr A Palmer

Parent Governor

I am a parent of three children at All Saints’ Academy.  I am currently studying for a BA (Hons) in Arts and Humanities with the Open University, and on its completion to train to be a teacher.  My goal is to make a positive contribution to the work of the governing body from both a governor and a parent perspective.

Father BrandonFather P Brandon

Sponsor Governor - Clifton Diocese

Westminster House

Fr. Paul trained for the priesthood at Oscott College in the Midlands. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Mervyn Alexander at St Bonaventure’s Church in Bristol on 13 June 1992. He was then appointed assistant priest at the Immaculate Conception Parish, Stroud. Since 1996 Fr. Paul has been parish priest at St George’s, Warminster, St Augustine’s, Matson, and Christ the King Parish, Amesbury. In 2008 Bishop Declan Lang appointed Fr. Paul parish priest at Sacred Hearts, Charlton Kings. In addition to the usual parish pastoral work Fr. Paul has been a hospital chaplain, a primary and secondary school governor, an Officiating Chaplain to the Forces and the Diocesan Director for the Missions. Fr. Paul has also been the secretary to the Council of Priests and is the coordinator of the priests’ walking group.

Mr C Chadwick

Sponsor Governor - Gloucester Diocese/Responsible Officer: Finance

Canterbury House

Details to follow

Etheredge CatherineMrs C Etheredge

Canterbury House

Having been brought up in Cheltenham, I gained a BA hons in Art Education Studies and then worked in Cheltenham library for several years before marrying and having eight children.

Four of our children are currently studying at All Saints’ Academy. The two eldest children are now at university. 

As parent governor I am on the welfare and ethos committee and also have the role of special needs governor.

As an adult I rediscovered my Catholic Faith through the Neo-Catechumenal Way, hearing through the gospel the passage about the vine and its branches (John 15:1-10 ) how it is important for me to remain close to the Church. I am interested in sharing my faith and in the spiritual life of the Academy.

Mr J Kyffin

Sponsor Governor - Clifton Diocese

Canterbury House

Details to follow

Mrs C SavorySavoy Claire

Sponsor Governor - Glouceser Diocese/Safeguarding Governor

York House

Mrs Savory has worked in local primary schools since 1995 in various teaching roles and as Head Teacher since 2005. She is now the Co-Head Teacher of Rowanfield Junior School – graded “Outstanding” 3 times by OFSTED in 2008, 2011 and 2014 - and Springbank Primary Academy, graded as Good with outstanding features.

She has been designated by the National College as a National Leader of Education, and in addition to this, also supports leaders who are aspiring for headship through the NPQH program. She is an intervention consultant for the Local Authority.  

Mrs Savory has had a long association with Christ College and now All Saints’ Academy, and enjoys hearing about the achievements of her ex-pupils, and celebrating their successes. She is delighted to be a governor at All Saints’ where she has responsibility for safeguarding. 

Mr J Richardson

Sponsor Governor - Gloucester Diocese

James Richardson joined the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) as a Senior Analyst in September 2013. Prior to this, he worked in schools for ten years as a teacher, Head of Faculty and Assistant Headteacher. His role at the EEF involves working with schools to make best use of the Pupil Premium. 

From 2009 – 2013 he was the Senior Researcher for the MNS Foundation in Philadelphia, USA, leading their five year study on how research evidence can contribute to creating successful school systems.

James is a member of St. Philip and St. James’ Church in Leckhampton, where he attends with his wife and 2 year old daughter.

Picture1Mr P Shirfield

Partner Governor

I am a Senior Lecturer in Sports Development and Coaching at the University of Gloucestershire.  Sport has always been an important part of my life, as a participant, an athlete, a student and teacher.  It has taught me a great deal and provided many opportunities to have fun, to achieve, to meet new people and make new friends. I have worked in the sports sector for a number of years and  I am interested to explore how sport can play its part in helping people and society to develop and flourish, especially for those people and communities with fewer opportunities than others.

Screen Shot 2017 11 16 at 09.30.51Mr H Watson

Sponsor Governor - Clifton Diocese

Mr Watson is a consultant specialising in HR and recruitment, and principally works with technology companies experiencing high levels of growth. He particularly specialises in developing recruitment strategies for technology companies, providing advice on staffing levels, remuneration, filling skills gaps, and staff retention. Mr Watson provides early stage companies with HR services, developing policies and procedures, and advising on staff performance.

Mr Watson is also in demand as a singer and musician in the local area, and is a member of the Oriel Singers. He is also an active member of St Gregory’s Parish Church.