Alderman Peel

High School

Our Governors


David Riddle - Chair of Governors, Governor for SEN, Pupil Premium and Safeguarding

Area of Responsibility: Pupil Premium, LAC / Post LAC, Catch Up Funds, SEN
SIDP Priority: Develop highly effective additional support for specific students through the use of additional funds

David is a former local authority Chief Executive, and a practising solicitor. His leadership experience includes large scale organisational change, cost reduction programmes, organisational strategy, and performance management in local authorities and in the Metropolitan Police Authority. His legal experience includes public law, human rights,and professional regulatory law. David has extensive non-executive governance experience as chair of the national governance board of the Ministry of Defence Police, chair of a NHS Primary Care Trust, and as a Governor of an NHS Hospital Trust.

Robert Hill

SIDP Priority: Implement an outstanding curriculum

Robert is a retired senior teacher and a graduate of Music from Trinity College, commencing his teaching career in 1972. Robert has held several senior roles in education during his career including Deputy Head of a large inner London Secondary School and as a Council and National Executive member of the Secondary Heads Association (now ASCL). Robert has a particular interest in teacher training having been a driving force in a DFE project entitled 'The Independent and Maintained Schools Partnership', on School Leadership and developing cohesive teams, and since his retirement in 2003. Robert originally joined the Governing body in 2005, taking a break in 2014, and re-joined in 2016.

Mike McGill–Parent Governor

Priority: Community Partnerships

Michael is a Minister of Religion with over 38 years of experience working with and teaching young people and adults. Michael graduated from Bristol Baptist College in 1983 and served as minister to a growing church in south London. While there he was a school governor at a local school and served for two years on the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education on Bromley council. He moved to be the minister of Sheringham Baptist Church in 1993. He moved to Wells in 2008 and has previous experience as a Governor within primary education.

Patricia Lankester

Patricia was Head of Humanities in two North London comprehensive schools and then taught in a community college in the USa. She was Head of Education for the National Trust and then Director of the Paul Hamlyn grant making Foundation. She is a former trustee of various cultural organisations including the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Tate, the National Gallery, the Sage Music Centre in Gateshead and a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company Learning Panel. She is a current trustee of the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Holburne Museum in Bath, and a founder member of the Cultural Learning Alliance which works to ensure continuing access to culture for all children and young people n the current climate.

Alastair Ogle - Principal

Alastair has led APHS through significant change since his appointment in September 2010, resulting in a year on year rise in pupil attainment. During this time, pupil numbers have also risen significantly, from 305 to approximately 515. Alastair sits on the UEA Secondary PGCE Steering Group, is a Trustee for Wells United Charities, a Trustee for Wells Sea Cadets and is a trained Ofsted Inspector.

Sally Garrett

Sally is an experienced and effective Head Teacher. She is currently Head Teacher at The Ashley School Academy Trust, Lowestoft, Suffolk. A special school for 140 pupils with MLD/Complex needs, many with associated disabilities such as autism, speech language & communication disorders and SEMH needs. The school has residential facilities and a highly effective and respected outreach service supporting mainstream schools. This is her third headship totalling over 22 years as a senior leader within the specialist sector. During this time Sally has striven for continuous improvement and ensured that every pupil achieves their very best outcomes. Sally works as an National Leader of Education (NLE) within Suffolk and Norfolk, is a Senior Partner within Challenge Partners, a member of SSAT (The Schools Network) and works collaboratively with ‘World Class Schools’. Sally lives locally, just outside APHS catchment.

Erica Sperry - Staff Governor 

Erika has worked in Education for 5 years, following over 30 years in senior management and leadership roles in industry. Erika travelled extensively as a contract negotiator and has worked with challenging young people for over 30 years in a scouting capacity. Erika is our Pastoral Manager and elected staff Governor.

No Pecuniary Interests have been registered by any Governors

A copy of all Governor's minutes can be obtained from the school upon request.