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Sue Davidson

I’m Sue Davidson, married to Andrew, retired and live in Chale. I have two daughters and five teenage grandchildren as well as two mischievous dogs.
I trained as a teacher and spent most of my working life, as a teacher of children with visual impairment, ending my career as head of the team of teachers in Birmingham.

I have been a governor at St Georges since 2014, having been a governor twice before. Firstly at my daughters’ school and at a specialist college for students with visual impairment. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than going into classes and seeing the enthusiasm of the students and staff along with the progress our students make whilst at St Georges. When I am not in school, I love walking my dogs on the beach, singing, handicrafts and spending time with my family and friends


Chris Douglass

Hello, my name is Chris Douglass and I have recently been co-opted as a Governor at St. George’s. I am also a Governor at a Primary school on the Island.
I have been employed by the Port Authority in Southampton for nearly twenty five years and prior to this, I worked on Merchant ships trading all over the world.
One of the reasons I have become involved with St George’s is that I firmly believe that everyone should be given encouragement and opportunity to reach their full potential and be given the chance to play a full and fulfilling role in our diverse society.


Dave Piggott

I recently retired from the Isle of Wight Council where I worked since moving to the Island in 1984.
I have been visiting St George’s as part of my job for many years, initially as a Careers Adviser, more recently offering support to families who were struggling in different ways.
I have always really enjoyed working with the students, parents and carers and staff at the school, and I look forward to contributing to the continued success of the school in any way I can.
In my spare time I volunteer for several organisations, and I also enjoy playing tennis and cycling.


Elizabeth Hinkes

I have lived on the the Island for nearly eight years. I started my working life as a Medical Photographer before bringing up family.
Before moving to the island I was for many years a part time tutor at Farnborough College of Technology. This was working with Adults with learning difficulties building up their skills in Independent living and Textiles and Art
I enjoy Embroidery and anything to do with textiles. I volunteer in Shanklin Theatre’s box office and also in the Fashion and Textiles department at the Sixth form Campus.


Lucy Slaterpartridge

I’m Lucy and I have recently volunteered to become a parent governor; my son is currently in year 7 at St George’s.

I have worked with children, young people, and families for many years in both further education and supported housing and I am currently a director of a community interest company supporting children, young people and families. Outside of work, we love going to the beach, walking our labradoodle Charlie, and going on adventures in our campervan.

I know how important good education is to a child’s overall development and emotional well-being and I am a strong advocate for ensuring children with SEND receive the education and support they deserve.

I am fully committed to working alongside parents, teachers and other governors to help drive the continued improvement needed to provide our children with the best chance of success.


Vic Newman

Hello! My name is Vicki and I am the staff governor on the board. I have worked at St Georges since 2015, I first started at St Georges working as a learning support assistant. I was then lucky enough to take on a teaching role, which I love. I began my time at St Georges in Key Stage four, but now teach in our SLD class in Key Stage three. I really enjoy teaching our life skill based curriculum, as it enables young people to develop vital life skills, which are very practical.

I became a governor to learn more about other areas of the school, and gain insight into how schools are run. I have a passion for ensuring our students are given opportunities to reach their full potential and enjoy working alongside colleagues, parents and other governors.


April Newton

Hello, my name is April Newton and I am a co-opted Governor at St George’s.  I was appointed in the summer of 2021 and was previously a governor at a local primary school.
I have been a qualified Solicitor since 1997 and am currently an Associate Solicitor at Glanvilles Damant.
I am enjoying getting to know St George’s – the staff, and especially the students.  I look forward to contributing to the continued success of the school and getting to know it better.


Hi I’m Hilary. I have recently become a Governor at St Georges. I live on the Island with my husband and 3 daughters. I have worked with children, young adults and families with additional needs for many years in Health and Social Care and within Education. I have experience working with PMLD, complex medical needs and behaviours that challenge. I currently work full time as a SEND tutor within further education.

I enjoy art and crafts such as painting and sculpting, history, reading and Cosplay.