Meet our Governors

To contact our Chair of Governors, please email

Mr J Bainer - Chair or Governors & SEND Governor

Most of my working life has been in education, first as a primary classroom teacher working with Native Americans in the States and then as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and educational psychologist in the UK. I do hope I can bring some of my particular experience with SEN to my role as governor at Edgar Sewter.  We moved to Suffolk in 1997 and I have just recently retired from my career as an Educational Psychologist.  Over the past 24 years in Halesworth, I have helped create the  New Cut Arts Centre, I was a member of the organising committee that put on the Halesworth Arts Festival every October for many years, I helped establish the Millennium Green and continue to be one of its trustees, and I am a trustee for, and deeply involved with, the INK Festival which we put on each April at the Cut.

Mrs D Stanborough - Safeguarding Governor

After working at Edgar Sewter for a number of years supporting children with their education and all round development I moved on to a local college to teach and assess childcare students. I strongly believe in the holistic approach to working with children. Their health and wellbeing is fundamental to the enjoyment of education and can inspire them to achieve their own personal goals. I like to keep up to date with current research and practice and recently undertook mental health first aid training. 

Mrs A Elder

I have worked within education for four years working as lead admin assistant within a school office, and have recently become a Headteachers PA at a specialist provision for pupils with social communication and interaction needs.

All three of my children attend Edgar Sewter from Reception to year five.

I believe every child deserves a well rounded education and look forward to being a part of the governing body at Edgar Sewter, being able to use my knowledge to support the school so that all children can flourish in an educational environment and reach their full potential.

Becoming a school governor

ASSET Education are actively looking for people to be school governors. You don't have to be an expert in education or a parent; almost anyone can help. Being a school governor brings with it a real responsibility and a sense that you are able to contribute to the good of schools and pupils. It's a worthwhile task, but before offering to help it would be good to consider what it entails by reading our governor's information.

What qualities are needed by school governors?

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