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Welcome to the Governors' page. 


Please find below some information about who our school governors are and what they do.  I hope you find the information useful.

John Wattam, Chair of the Governing Body. 


The purpose of our governing body is to:

  • help the school set high standards of education for all pupils of all abilities by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement

  • regularly monitor and hold staff to account for school improvement

  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support, advice and challenge

  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and its wider community

  • make sure the school is accountable to the public for what it does

  • work with staff to plan and develop policies and regularly review the impact on teaching and learning

  • in partnership with the Headteacher and staff fulfill its responsibilities for strategic oversight

  • not to intervene in the day-to-day management of the school, unless serious weaknesses are identified in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.


How do governors carry out their responsibilities?

We have a three-year strategic development plan for the school.  Each year the governing body and the Headteacher review the targets set for school performance and improvement.  We monitor progress against these targets throughout the year.  Governors meet all together once each half term.  


The Governing Body is kept informed of progress in school by termly reports from the Headteacher and presentations by subject leaders at our meetings.  We have a programme of Learning Walks that enable governors to visit the school and monitor how well strategies for improving the school are being implemented.  The Chair of Governors is in regular contact with the Headteacher to be kept up to date with all relevant developments.


The Governing Body consists of up to ten governors plus the Head Teacher and an associate governor. There are five categories of governors: the Headteacher, elected staff governor, elected parent governors, local authority governor and co-opted (formerly called community) governors.  A governor’s term of office is four years.  Parent governors are appointed via an election process.  All parents are informed when a parent governor vacancy arises and when the election process will take place. Associate Members are appointed by the Governing Body in order to bring particular expertise or experience to the School.


Who are the governors?

Chair/Co-opted Governor                   Mr. John Wattam  (12.10.2017 to 11.10.2021). 

Co Vice Chair/ elected parent            Mrs. Kate Campbell  (01.04.2018 to 31.03.2022)

Co Vice Chair / Co-opted                   Mr. Brendan Slade (08.05.2019 - 07.05.2023). 

Elected Parent Governor                    Mrs. Jenny Williams (27.01.2021 - 26.01.2025).                                                                                 Interim Headteacher                           Miss Janine Donovan  (appointed 01 01 2022).

Co-opted Governor                             Mrs. Hollie Bridgman (15.09.2021 - 14.09.2025). 

Co-opted Governor                            Mrs Sadie van Niekerk

Co-opted Governor                            Vacancy

Co-opted Governor                            Vacancy



Clerk                                                   Mrs Ros Fanshawe (appointed 01.09.2021).      

We are working with our School Council to produce a mini-profile of each governor.

Parents/carers are welcome to contact governors via the Clerk, who will ensure that their enquiry is passed to the most appropriate governor. Email: clerk@educ.somerset.gov.uk  Please be aware that this email account is not checked daily and there may be a delay in responding.  Alternatively, please contact the Chair of Governors about relevant strategic matters via the school email at: sch.218@educ.somerset.gov.uk