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"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up". - Galatians 6:9


In 2016 we formed a new Local Governing Body as part of the transition to joining the West Somerset Academies Trust. The West Somerset Academies Trust comprises of one Board of Trustees. Each school has their own Local Governing Body. The governors act as a "critical friend" to the school, monitoring and overseeing the smooth running of the school and supporting and listening to staff and parents. In September 2020 we joined forces with St Michael's C of E First School LGB.



Please click here for further information on the WSAT 


Chair -  Rev Simon Robinson - Safeguarding Governor 

Vice -    Jane Bellamy 


Old Cleeve & St Michaels C of E First Schools Local Governing Body:

Miss Janine Donovan - Headteacher


Ms Carole (Mag) Hatton - Foundation Governor/ English 

18/12/2017 - 17/12/2021

Mr Stephane Millar - Parent Elected Governor / Maths   

05/02/2018 - 04/02/2022

Mr Duncan Cooper - Parent Elected Governor / H&S Governor/

13/07/18 - 12/07/22

Rev Richard Higgins - Ex Officio Foundation 

30/6/20 - 30/6/24

Rev Simon Robinson (Chair) - Foundation 

04/09/2020 - 03/09/24

Mrs Jane Bellamy (Vice Chair) - Foundation 

03/01/19 - 03/01/23

Mrs Carole Pearse -  Foundation

13/01/2017- 12/01/2021

Mrs Sonia Watters - Board Appointed

04/07/20 - 03.07/24

Mrs Charlotte Taylor - Staff Governor

11/01/21 - 10/01/25

Mrs Karen Mills-Bown - Staff Governor 

11/01/21 - 10/01/25

Mr Keith Hunt - Associate Member/ EYFS 

30/04/2020 - 04/21

Mr Harry Singer - Associate Member

11/01/21 - 10/01/22

Mrs Maida White - WSAT Board Elected Governor

01/05/2016 - resigned 28/06/18

Mrs Elizabeth White - Foundation Governor/ Safeguarding Governor

10/05/2016 - resigned 09/01/2019 

Mrs Vicky Brown - community governor/Safeguarding Governor 

Resigned 03/04.2020 

Miss Sophie Cobb - Parent Elected Governor/ SEN Governor

30/11/18 - resigned 07/07/20

Ingo Gasperini - Parent governor 

resigned 27/11/20



Stephane Miller - Parent Governor

Both of my children are currently attending Old Cleeve School, and thoroughly enjoying it. One of the things that impresses me the most is that the pupils genuinely seem content, happy and well behaved. With all of the extra curricular clubs run by the staff in addition to their teaching workload, I am keen to try to help the school maintain this environment. With 20 years of experience as a software engineer, I currently monitor the school’s maths teaching and IT infrastructure.

Mag Hatton - Foundation Governor 
Keith Hunt -  Associate Member

Duncan Cooper - Parent Governor 

As a parent of two children at the school, I am impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff at Old Cleeve. I become a parent governor as I wanted to play an active role in the continued improvement of Old Cleeve in providing both a great education and a sense of social responsibility in all pupils. I am currently involved as the H&S Governor and take this role very seriously as the safety of both our children and staff are critical.

I have been in Catering and Leisure for over 20 years and have 16 year military experience both Regular and Reserve Army. I am currently the South West of England's Operations Manager for a large Catering provider in schools so feel well suited to my H&S and Food safety role at Old Cleeve.  



All Governors have declared their business interests and these are recorded on the Trust’s Register of Business Interests.  At Governors’ meetings, if a potential conflict of interest arises, the relevant Governor withdraws from the discussion.

x - Apologies received

n- Not attending

Y - present

Old Cleeve/St Michael's LGB Attendance at Governors Meetings 2020-21

  30/09/20 02/12/20 03/02/21 11/05/21 30/06/21
Simon Robinson - CHAIR  Y Y      
Carole (Mag) Hatton Y Y      
Duncan Copper Y Y      
Stephane Millar Y X      
Keith Hunt X X      
Janine Donovan (Head) Y Y      
Paul Rushforth (CEO) Y Y      
Richard Higgins Y Y      
Jane Bellamy Y X      
Ingo Gasperini * resigned 11/20 N / / / /
Carole Pearse X Y      
Sonia Watters X X      
Harry Singer / /      
Karen Mills Bown Y Y      
Charlotte Taylor Y Y      

Attendance at Governors Meetings 2019-20

  01/10/19 03/12/19 05/02/20 19/05/20 30/06/20
Vicky Browne - CHAIR  X Y Y / /
Carole (Mag) Hatton Y Y Y Y Y
Duncan Copper X Y Y X Y
Stephane Millar Y Y Y Y Y
Keith Hunt Y Y N Y X
Dan Perry (Head) Y Y Y / /
Paul Rushforth (CEO) X X X Y Y
Sophie Cobb  X X X X N * resigned 
Janine Donovan (Head)  / / / Y X

Attendance at Governors Meetings 2018-19

  02/10/18 03/12/18 12/02/19 14/05/19 02/07/19
Liz White


ü / / /
Vicky Browne - CHAIR  x ü ü ü ü
Carole (Mag) Hatton


ü ü ü ü
Duncan Copper


x ü x ü
Stephane Millar


ü ü ü ü
Keith Hunt


ü ü ü ü
Dan Perry (Head) / / ü ü ü
Paul Rushforth (CEO)


ü x x X
Sophie Cobb  n/a ü ü x X


If you want to contact the Governors please phone or email the Clerk :

Mrs Helen Hatfield on 01984 632581 or