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Meet the Governors

Sarah Asquith


I was a Parent Governor at Paddock (from 1995-2005) and after my son left the school, became a Co-opted Governor. My background is in publishing, in which I still work. I am also a trustee of a large hospital charity. My enthusiasm and admiration for the school has rarely wavered and indeed has increased over recent years, principally because of the remarkable commitment of all staff towards the school and pupils. I am Joint Chair with Tim Pethybridge. 

 Tim Pethybridge


I first became involved with Paddock School as the parent of a severely disabled daughter. I was one of the first parents to be elected to the governing body and when my term ended I became an LA Governor.  I have recently been recognised for my long service to the school by Wandsworth Council.

I am a Director of Private Banking with a major financial institution in the city. I am a director of The Children's Trust, which provides rehabilitation and care services for some of the most disabled children in the country, and I am also a trustee of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. I  live with my family in South West London. 

Sue Shocket


I have been a Co-opted Governor at Paddock School for more than 10 years. Life has been very exciting during this period as Paddock School has grown and changed, but it has always provided an inspiring and safe environment for its students.

I have lived in Putney for 37 years. I was a primary school teacher in Wandsworth for many years, latterly being a member of the Wandsworth team which taught children with special needs and advised in mainstream schools across the borough.

I am now retired but I do some teaching of classes who visit Fulham Palace Museum. 

Georgina Hania


I have been a Nursery Nurse at Paddock School for over 30 years. I have also recently become a Makaton Regional Tutor, responsible for training both staff and parents, and am the Parent Liaison Co-ordinator. In this role, I have the privilege of working in both Generic Needs and ASD classes with students ranging from the Early Years all the way up to Post 16. During my time at the school, I have witnessed many changes. Most of these centre around the school being on more than one site expertly led by different Heads of School. I have witnessed Paddock School flourish into the outstanding school that it is today. As a Non Teaching Staff Governor I not only enjoy gaining a different "insider's" perspective into the running of a special school, but I also contribute my insight as a hands on practitioner to the school's overall vision. 

Sam Ruiz


I have recently joined Paddock School as a Co-Opted Governor.  My background is in banking/finance and as I have recently retired from an executive role, I wanted to get more involved in my local community.  I have no personal or professional experience in education, however, I bring my experience of finance to the school together with my active enthusiasm and ability to learn and help wherever I can.  I am a board director on two companies, serve on the Lord Chancellors Surrey Advisory Committee for magistrates and I am an expert advisor in financial services litigation services.  I am married and live with my wife and two daughters, both of whom have recently started university.  

Bruce Jones


I am a partner in a London law firm. I moved to Wandsworth from Berkshire in 2014 and became a governor of the school shortly afterwards. I have no particular connection with the school but joined because I wanted to give something back to society and to do something to honour the memory of my late wife who had been a teacher.  I remarried in 2015 and have twin children and two step children.

Lynette Martyn


I am the Assistant Head but I started as a teacher at Paddock School in 2008, having previously taught in a special school for children with severe or profound multiple learning difficulties.  I was appointed as a Teaching Staff Governor in 2014 and was elected by the staff of the school. Over the past years, I have valued the opportunities I have had to make a positive contribution to our ever growing school, both in my role as a teacher as well as a middle leader.  My work at Primary, as well as Little Paddock, has given me a broad insight into the school's work at the two sites and the great work done by staff there and this has enabled me to play an active role in ensuring consistency in the educational excellence offered to children at both sites.  I continue to be excited and passionate about my work as a school governor and the opportunity this role gives me to work closely with the senior leaders and other governors of the school to ensure that we continue to transform the lives of our pupils and build and improve upon the successes we have achieved to date.   

Barry Woodward


I was born in Ashford, Middlesex, before moving down to Taunton in Somerset where I went to Wellington School. After A-Levels I couldn't wait to get back to London and fulfil my dream of working in music. I landed a job as a Mastering Engineer in the Audio Post Production department at The Town House Studios (in Shepherds Bush). I was there for 20 years before setting up in my own studio going freelance. I now live in Barnes with my partner Pauline Crawford and our daughter Darcey (b.2000), who attends Paddock School. Darcey's condition results from the growth process in the brain called Myelination being delayed by some cause that has never been (and never will be) diagnosed. She can walk but not talk and has severe Learning Disabilities (SLD) and problems with dexterity and co-ordination. We obviously wanted Darcey to go to the best school for her, the staff at Paddock have consistently proven that coming here was the correct decision. A side effect of your (in our case, only) child going to a special school however is that you miss out on the interaction between the school and other parents because of the nature of the travel arrangements. There is no chatting to parents and teachers at the school gates as we wait for our children to come running out with their mates...So, in Feb 2005 I felt it would be a great idea to become a governor as this would be an ideal way to make some of those connections and also be more involved with our daughter's education. During my tenure I have been able to be involved as Paddock was refurbished and grew into Primary and Secondary Schools on two sites, and with double the original number of children.

I think it's crucial for Darcey that I am involved with the school as part of the team, and being on Darcey's team is exactly what it feels like! I really would urge any other parent to seriously consider becoming involved as a Governor. It's only a commitment of 3 afternoons a term for official meetings, which your employer is duty bound to allow you time off to attend. 

Bobbi Cooper


I accepted the request to become a Paddock School Governor for two reasons; so that I could have a clearer understanding of the school's functioning, and because I wished to give something (however small) to a school I have great admiration for. My role began shortly before Paddock's transformation into its exciting and creative current phase on two sites.

I find being a Parent Governor extremely rewarding and enjoyable, and would encourage other parents to consider becoming one if the opportunity arises. It's a great way to gain awareness and insight into the day-to-day workings and ethos of the school. As a result it is possible to feel you have a voice and can potentially make a constructive impact on the students' education and overall experience of their school day.

I have been impressed by the determination, commitment and enthusiasm demonstrated by Peggy Walpole and her highly skilled colleagues who have made Paddock one of the best schools in the country. The school governing body is extremely well run and co-chaired by two very experienced governors who are supportive and encouraging of new governors. Overall, I find the Paddock governors a friendly, committed and inclusive team, and it is a real privilege to be part of this.

James Goode


I live in South West London with my wife and son. Working in central London within the finance sector, I was inspired by a colleague to volunteer as a governor of a local school, and was aware of the excellent quality of teaching and support that Paddock School gives to its students. My motivation for becoming a governor is to contribute my time and skills as a Chartered Accountant through the Finance Sub-committee to support ensuring that Paddock remains as outstanding school, enriching and transforming the lives of its pupils. 

Mary Jo Clark



Hello, my name is Mary Jo Clark, but my friends call me Betsy. I was born in the north east of Scotland, in a tiny fishing town on the coast but moved to London in 1997. I was in the hospitality industry for over ten years and worked in a well known bingo establishment, which I joined as a customer service assistant. I was promoted to supervisor and when I left in 2011, I was a duty manager. This role allowed me to oversee the club, the staff and all the customers on my own. I was also a key holder. I am now a carer and part-time student, studying for a degree with the Open University. So far I have completed autism, social science, psychology, counselling and health and social care modules.  I hope these will allow me to return to the workforce, perhaps as a family support worker. This would combine my personal experience with the knowledge I have gained. Through Paddock I have also completed the TEACCH training.

I am mother to three wonderful children. My middle child, Aaron, joined Paddock Primary in the summer term of 2011, moving from a mainstream primary which had an ASD base. Aaron has a diagnosis of severe autism, epilepsy and many other co-morbid conditions such as pica and sleep disorder. My youngest child is currently being assessed for ASD.

I wanted to become a Parent Governor for different reasons. Firstly and mostly, I wanted to become more involved at the school and to try to give something back for the amazing work the staff at the school do for all the children. Secondly, I wanted to further my knowledge of the school and its ethos. I attend the coffee mornings and all the training that Paddock provides for parents, which allows me to meet with the other parents on a regular basis. I feel it is even more important in a special needs provision to bridge the gap between school and parents because parents do not have the daily contact with each other that mainstream schools provide. 

 Jyoti Bhardwaj




I live with my family (husband, son & daughter) in South West London. I have lived in London since 2000. I hold a degree BSc. in Business Information Technology. I worked as a librarian and then as an IT lecturer teaching 16-19 years old. I enjoyed teaching very much but gave up job when my son was diagnosed with Autism.

I became involved with Paddock as a parent. My son who is living with Autism, joined Paddock in year 2010. I accepted the role to become a school governor so that I can understand the functioning of school better and contribute what I can and possible to school.

I am very happy with Paddock School. I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude for all the hard work and determination of the staff.


 Anna Roads


In July 2016 I joined the Board of Governors as a Parent Governor. And I’m really looking forward to bringing my experience of special needs as a parent and as a volunteer to the role. I also know, that I have a lot to learn. I’m Mum to two wonderful teenage girls, who keep me on my toes in different ways. The youngest, Yvette, is autistic and attends Paddock Secondary School. When I first visited the school, four years ago, I was bowled over by the commitment, energy and enthusiasm of the staff and senior management team. We always want our children to be happy and to achieve their full potential but I never expected a special needs school to have the vision and determination to, for example, enter the Schools’ Shakespeare Festival and to outshine all the other productions.

Because I’m able to bring my daughter to school most days, I have had the opportunity to get to know staff, some parents and students (dropping into the school café is a great start to the day).

As a parent, early after Yvette was diagnosed, I received generous support and advice from other parents of children with special needs and autism. This is why over the past 5 years, I’ve taken on a number of voluntary roles representing the interests of other parents. These include running an NAS (National Autistic Society) branch for 4 years (2011-2015), where I’m still a Committee member, serving two years on our local Parents Forum representing all special needs (2012-2014), and in 2014, I was elected an NAS Councillor for London. In 2015/2016 I spent 6 months as a volunteer mentor on a Research Autism project and from September I’m joining an organisation which helps and supports autistic adults into work.

Before I left (paid) work in 2010, I spent 24 years in the investment management sector as a sales and marketing director, after I’d graduated with business and law degrees and qualified as a solicitor.