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. 

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 (Karen Damsell).

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)

Jo lives in South Gloucestershire and is married with 3 children, 2 of which have additional needs.  Her son is a pupil at SGS Pegasus and she is excited and committed to helping support the school community to maintain high standards and overcome future challenges.

As an 'Outstanding' Early Years practitioner Jo is passionate about inclusion and helping support children to achieve their full potential.  With 20 years experience of working with children who have a broad range of needs, Jo is dedicated to enabling children to become happy, independent and successful young adults who instead of feeling limited by their conditions feel motivated, ambitious and able. 

Jo says it is a privilege to become an advocate for parents/carers of the children who attend SGS Pegasus.  We are united in our desire to have the very best start in life for our children.  Many of us have faced a tumultuous journey so far, so it is an honour to help support the school to provide our children with this wonderful opportunity of being part of SGS Pegasus.


SGS Pegasus Parent Governor (Tracey Haines)

Tracey lives in South Gloucestershire and is married with two children (twins) one attending Pegasus School. She feels privileged to serve as a Parent Governor to help build on the successes of this new school.

After graduating from Bristol University, Tracey has had a successful career in high tech industry. She was a senior manager in the Research and Development department of a large US company before taking a career break to care for her family.

Tracey believes that everyone has the right to receive the best possible opportunities to reach their full potential.  She strongly feels that in the right supportive environment all children can become confident learners, independent and feel proud of their achievements. She looks forward to helping the Governing body on its exciting journey to develop Pegasus into an outstanding school.


SGS Pegasus Governor (Cheryl Byford).

Cheryl is delighted to be part of the Pegasus School Governing Body. To be part of creating a new school for such special children is both a privilege and an honour.

Cheryl has recently retired after twelve years as Head Teacher of an Independent secondary special school specialising in mental health (eating disorders and self-injury). Her teaching career included primary school teaching, secondary school teaching both in main stream and a special school for children with moderate learning difficulties and leadership roles (headteacher as above, head of English and SENCO of a large secondary school in Swindon).

As head teacher she has experience of policy, finance, staffing, Ofsted and teaching and learning. She taught as well, teaching GCSE and A level subjects.

Cheryl was also a governor at her children’s primary school for a number of years. She is currently a Parish Councillor for the Parish of Randwick and Westrip and is in the process of developing a dressmaking and tuition business.


SGS Pegasus Clerk to Governors (Lisa Day)

Before joining SGS Academy Trust as Clerk to Pegasus School, Lisa worked for many years in the Financial Services Sector.  Lisa can be contacted on



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

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