Meet the Governors

Chair – Jamie Bean

Jamie is the Head of Wallington County Grammar School, an outstanding mainstream secondary school. As Chair of Governors at Carew, he also chairs the LGB’s Pay Committee.




Parent Governor – Sandra Butcher

Sandra has eight children, the youngest of whom is a pupil at Carew Academy. Sandra has been around the education system for 23 years and has always been heavily involved with the schools her children attended –  chairing the Parent Teacher Association and focusing on fundraising and event management. The driving force behind Sandra’s decision to become a school governor was to be an advocate for parents and add an important parent voice to the governing body. Sandra also loves to travel, which is  where her career started many years ago, in both retail and business travel. This experience helps her with her  governing portfolio for Business Development and Marketing.

Parent Governor – Jo Lewis

Before becoming a mum, Jo worked extensively in feature film and TV production. As well as international documentaries for The Discovery Channel, her film production work includes films by Mike Leigh and Andrea Arnold, and her TV work for BBC, Channel 4 and ITV.

She is passionate about the arts and disability rights and has an MA in Text and Performance Studies from RADA and Kings College London.

Governor – Clare Roper

Clare left academia and lecturing in botany over twenty years ago because she realised that her vocation lay in the classroom, where she feels one has a greater opportunity and responsibility to influence learning and improve life chances. She has taught at international schools in South Africa, the Netherlands, France and is currently the Director of Science, Technology and Engineering at Wimbledon High School. She also has extensive experience in assessment and teacher training.

Staff Governor – Patricia Blake

Patricia has been part of the teaching staff at Carew for five years with RSE as main subject. In her twenty- four years as a teacher, she has worked in a variety of educational settings including pupil referral units and mainstream schools.  Before becoming a teacher, Patricia was a nurse and then worked  exclusively for the fashion industry.

As a staff member of the local governing body, Patricia will bring her passion, enthusiasm and experience to remain objective about the school and take a strategic view in the interest of pupils and whole school team.  She will make contributions and bring the staff viewpoint to discussion such as policies and decisions which make affect them, whilst respecting governor protocol, confidentiality and equal rights status.

Governor – Rebecca Edge

Rebecca is the Production Manager for a publisher specialising in science and engineering books in both French and English. She has a degree in French and German from the University of Exeter and a Diploma in Translation from the Institute of Linguists. In her spare time, Rebecca sings with an amateur choir based in Wimbledon and is also learning to play the piano.

Governor – Mandi Larner

Mandi is the Designated Safeguarding Lead at Thomas More Catholic School, a Good provider of Mainstream secondary education. She has worked in primary, secondary and Pupil Referral Units throughout London and Surrey before her latest role. Mandi started working with young people at Jigsaw4u as a volunteer grief support worker, which led to her being asked to assist in the training of new volunteers. The safeguarding element became apparent at this time and the navigation towards being a DSL began. She is passionate about ensuring children attend school to ensure their future outcomes and to keep them safe and supported while they learn. She is passionate about ensuring students have resilience against all that may come their way and that they invest in themselves and their future outcomes and see their importance.





Carew is an amazing school for our son, he now shines academically and his social skills are outstanding since being part of Carew.  Most of all they understand his needs and support him daily.

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