On behalf of the Local Governing Body at SGS Pegasus School, welcome to our website.

As part of a Multi-Academy Trust, the Local Governing Body is a Committee of the SGS Academy Trust Board of Trustees.

SGS Pegasus School has high expectations for all, we are a committed Local Governing Body who both support and challenge the Headteacher and her team through the monitoring of activities and progress in the school. Our Local Governing Body is a proactive group of people ranging from staff and parents/carers and family members to professionals from the community. We appoint governors who  have a passion to support SGS Pegasus School for the benefit of the pupils, families and staff as well as the wider community. The Governors meet regularly to discuss all aspects of school life and will be critical friends to ensure the school meet the high expectations and aspirations we set for our pupils and our school.

Pupils are our number one priority and all staff, governors and trustees work together with a common aim of providing a safe and personalised  learning environment in which all learners can reach their potential and have a positive time at school. Parents and carers are very much part of the whole school community and we welcome your input through links with Parent Governors and involvement with the School. 

We still have a vacancy on the Local Governing Body and if you are interested and would like further information on any area of governance then please contact our Clerk to Governors Lisa Day.

Clerk to Governors - Lisa Day (contact email

Chair of Governors:- Kate East (contact email


 SGS Pegasus Chair of Governors (Kate East).

Kate is an educational psychologist by training with over 20 years' experience of working with children with special educational needs in mainstream primary and secondary schools, special schools and FE colleges.  Kate has worked as an Assistant Director of children's services in the South West where she was responsible for the leadership of school improvement, early years, SEN, youth services, behaviour and attendance.  Kate has also worked on government projects (Academy and Free Schools) for the Department for Education and the Department of Health (National Healthy Schools Programme).

Kate welcomes the opportunity to be Chair Governors of SGS Pegasus School which will provide a special school nurturing environment for pupils with autism alongside opportunities to be included in their local community. 

SGS Pegasus Vice Chair of Governors (Claire Phillips).

Claire has over 30 years’ experience in education as a teacher, SENCo, advisory teacher and consultant and has worked with children, families and schools in South Gloucestershire over the last 13 years.  Claire currently works as a Special Needs Adviser for Integra Schools, the traded arm of South Gloucestershire Local Authority, where she is the Communication & Interaction Lead and specialist in Autism.  Claire has responsibility for advising and developing appropriate Autism guidance for both the LA and schools. She also gives Autism advice and coaching to mainstream and special schools.

Claire is also a trainer and professional partner with the Autism Education Trust and provides support and training for schools and families through Autism South West which has an annual conference and an Autism specific network for parents and carers.

Claire is delighted to be part of the governing body at Pegasus School and values the opportunity to support the school to make a difference in the lives of autistic pupils and their families.


SGS Pegasus Governor (Jo Crickson).

Jo is a qualified Health and Safety practitioner, who has worked in both the private and public sector in Health and safety over the last 25 years. Over the last 18 years, Jo has concentrated on Education Safety supporting over 100 schools in the area.

Jo is passionate about encouraging a risk aware culture and not being risk averse, teaching about risk in a sensible informed style. She believes that children need to experience risk in a planned and controlled way rather than removing all risk which is not practical or indeed possible.


SGS Pegasus Governor (Karen Damsell).

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Karen has a son who was diagnosed with Autism 8 years ago and has since then undertaken substantial training in this area.  As a parent, Karen has experienced Resource Base primary and mainstream secondary schools and uses her experience of the strengths and weaknesses of these provisions to support Pegasus School.  

As a Support worker with post 16 learners, Karen has experienced first-hand, that if support is tailored to the needs of the learner, their outcomes and achievements are significantly improved.  Karen is very passionate about children on the Autistic Spectrum being given opportunities to fulfil their potential and believes that children at Pegasus School will get the tailored support that they deserve.


SGS Pegasus Governor (Liz Jarvis RN(A) Dip BSc MSc).

Liz is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years experience working in both operational and senior management positions in various organisations across the NHS.  Liz has a strong interest in quality, governance and safeguarding and a passion for life-long learning; having recently completed a MSc in Leadership and Management at the University of the West of England (UWE).

Liz feels privileged to have been appointed as Governor for the new Pegasus School and is excited at the prospect of working as part of the team to overcome the different challenges that will be faced to ensure that all children have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in a safe and supportive learning environment. Liz has lived in South Gloucestershire for over 16 years and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her family on long country walks with their two rescue dogs.

SGS Pegasus Governor (Mary Murphy).

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Mary is a teacher by profession initially teaching mathematics at secondary schools in Essex, Zimbabwe and South Wales where she now lives. 

Mary is married and has three children all of whom have been diagnosed as being somewhere on the autistic spectrum. Subsequently, Mary taught in a specialist primary unit for children with autism within a mainstream primary school and then set up and managed a secondary unit in a local comprehensive school. For the past 5 years, Mary has been working as part of Bristol City Council’s Autism Team as a specialist teacher supporting secondary schools.


SGS Pegasus Governor (Renitha Tutin)

Ren is delighted to have the opportunity of being a governor at Pegasus School as it begins its journey to provide a positive educational environment in which children are encouraged to achieve their full potential.  Ren’s son has an Autism Spectrum Condition and she strongly believes that all children can become confident and successful if they receive the appropriate support and understanding. 

Ren is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a part-time Senior Teaching Associate at the University of Bristol. She is passionate about encouraging children to believe in themselves and aspire to become happy, independent adults pursuing their goals.


SGS Pegasus Parent Governor (Jo Newman)

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SGS Pegasus Parent Governor (Ben Huntley)

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SGS Pegasus Clerk to Governors (Lisa Day)

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The following documents provide information relating to the work of SGS Academy Trust and the Local Governing Body.






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