Governors Profiles

Padfield SueMrs S Padfield                                  

Chair of Governors

Sponsor Governor - Diocese of Gloucester

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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All Saints' Academy

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Screenshot 2020 09 11 at 16.10.48Mrs D Helme

Sponsor Governor - Diocese of Gloucester

Since qualifying as a teacher over thirty years ago, I have been passionate about quality education and the positive impact it can have. As well as teaching in secondary, primary, EYFS and adult education contexts, I have been involved in research and publishing, focusing on RE and Collective Worship. For the past seven years I have been part of the education team at the Diocese of Gloucester, where my role has included developing the educational offer at Gloucester Cathedral. I am currently the Strategic Lead for RE and School Christian Character.

I am married to Simon, who is a clergyman, and play an active role in church life. I have previously been a parent governor, Vice Chair and Acting Chair at Dursley Primary School. My three young adult children help to keep me grounded and I am a big fan of fell walking and glass fusing.


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.

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.


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.

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.

Picture 1Ms E Taylor

Sponsor Governor - Diocese of Gloucester

Having graduated from New College, Oxford with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and mics, I started my career in teaching at Stowe School,  was a Housemistress to Sixth Form girls there before moving on to Canford School in Dorset to run a 13-18 day house. In 2001, I was appointed Admissions Tutor and then Senior Mistress at Dean Close Senior School and worked there for six years before taking up the Headship of Christ College, Brecon, the first female Head in that School’s 475 year history.

During my 10 years at Christ College, I oversaw the enhancement of academic results, expansion of school numbers, significant building work including new facilities for Science and Creative Arts, the opening of a Junior School and a partnership with a Malaysian company to open a sister school in Kuala Lumpur before returning to Dean Close as Warden / Chief Executive in August 2017.

I am an avid fan of rugby and cricket, I enjoy music and theatre, love to read and occasionally force myself to go running. My Christian faith is an important part of my life and I enjoy engaging in discussions about the relevance of faith to modern life, particularly the lives of young people.