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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 


Old Cleeve Local Governing Body:

Miss Janine Donovan - Headteacher

Ms Carole (Mag) Hatton - Foundation Governor/ English 

18/12/2017 - 17/12/2021

Mr Keith Hunt - Support Staff Governor/ EYFS 

01/05/2016 - 30/04/2020

Mr Stephane Millar - Parent Elected Governor / Maths   Acting Chair 

05/02/2018 - 04/02/2022

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

13/07/18 - 12/07/22

Rev Richard Higgins - Ex Officio 

30/6/20 - 30/6/24


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




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 - Staff Governor 

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           
Carole (Mag) Hatton          
Duncan Copper          
Stephane Millar          
Keith Hunt          
Janine Donovan (Head)          
Paul Rushforth (CEO)          
Richard Higgins          
Jane Bellamy          
Ingo Gasperini          
Carole Pearse          
Sonia Watters          

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