Carew Academy will be closed to students on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th December, due to a gas leak on Church Road. This means we have no heating or hot water on site and we are unable to cook. We plan to reopen on Monday 9th December. Further details will be provided on the website, by e-mail and by text message.

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.



Vice Chair – Kirsty Cottrell

Kirsty began her career teaching functional skills, employability and life skills at Carshalton College. She joined Orchard Hill College in 2011 as a lecturer and is now the Assistant Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead, as well as the College’s regional hub lead for Sutton. She enjoys being part of a dedicated team and seeing students achieving their dreams.


Governor – Emmet Murphy

Emmet started his career working within the ASD Provision at an outstanding MLD Primary school in Croydon and worked there for eight years before moving to Carew in 2008. In 2012 he took responsibility for the ASD Provision, and for Middle School (Years 8 and 9), at Carew Academy. He is now Deputy Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Dysart School in Surbiton.

Emmet holds a MA in SEN as well as a PG Cert in ASD and is committed to raising standards of pupil achievement.

As the portfolio holder for HR and Organisational Development, Emmet also sits on the LGB’s Pay Committee.


Governor – Ruth Duggan

Ruth began her career teaching science in Gosport before moving to pastoral and curriculum management roles in London mainstream schools. After 9 years in mainstream settings, she decided to pursue a career in special education, first working in a residential PRU then in a  School for pupils with Autism where she was promoted to leadership roles.  After a brief spell returning to mainstream school she is  currently Acting Director of English and Literacy here at Carew Academy.

She enjoys the daily challenge of working with pupils with such varying needs and finds it rewarding to watch pupils achieve not just academically but making progress towards independence skills.

Governor – Michelle Debique

Michelle is a Risk and Advisory Services Manager at BDO UK LLP.  She has over ten years’ extensive experience in the areas of finance, audit, governance and risk management.  As part of her role at BDO she manages a portfolio of Academy clients.  She is also ACCA qualified and holds an MSc in Public Services and Management from Kings College London.

Michelle has a personal interest in voluntary work and enjoys using her relevant skills and experience to give back to the community.  Michelle holds the governing portfolio for Finance and also sits on the Pay Committee.


Staff Governor – Stephen Brooks

Stephen Brooks is the staff governor for Carew Academy. He teaches Science, and runs the Duke of Edinburgh Award as part of the curriculum. He has used his experience as a teacher and as a governor, to support the school as it continues to improve for the benefit of the pupils.

Stephen has had experience leading young people in the outdoors, through the Scouting movement, the British Exploring Society and at present the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Stephen is committed to providing enriching experiences at Carew which nurture the talents of its pupils.


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.







The school is making such a difference to the lives of our young people. I am immensely proud of all that you are achieving.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council


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