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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.

 

WEST SOMERSET ACADEMIES TRUST Governor Information

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

04/09/17

Ms Carole (Mag) Hatton - Foundation Governor/ English 

18/12/2017 - 17/12/2021

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

15/1/21 - 14/1/25

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 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

Mr Stephane Millar - Parent Elected Governor 

resigned 01/02/21

Mr Keith Hunt - Associate Member/ EYFS 

30/04/2020 - **resigned 13/01/21

GOVERNOR PROFILES 

Janine Donovan - Headteacher

Janine joined West Somerset Academies Trust in January 2018 as the Headteacher of St Michael’s C of E First School and Director of Early Years. Prior to this Janine was Headteacher of a rural primary school. During her headship there she moved the school from requires improvement to good with outstanding in the Early Years. In April 2020 Janine also took on the role Head of Old Cleeve C of E First School.

Simon Robinson (Chair of Governors)

Simon is both a teacher and a priest. He spent twenty three years teaching in Bristol and London and was a Headteacher for nearly fourteen years. Simon was ordained in 2012 whilst still a Headteacher. He loves living and working in Minehead and has been involved with our schools since he arrived. Simon is currently the Chair of the Local Governing Body and is happy to hear from parents and carers at any time.

 

Jane Bellamy (Vice Chair) 

Jane was appointed as a foundation governor at St Michael's in January 2019. Jane was the headteacher of a C of E primary school near Milton Keynes for 15 years & also acted as Head of the Virtual School for children in the care of the local authority.

She moved to this area following her retirement & is delighted to be able to be part of St Michael’s School. Jane is keen to ensure that the Christian ethos of the school is upheld.

Sonia Watters

Sonia moved to West Somerset in 2001 and became a Governor at St Michael’s in 2002 when three of her children were attending the school. St Michaels is a school very dear to her heart and she has been employed here since 2002, both as a Teaching Assistant and Teacher, before becoming the Special

Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator four years ago. She is wholeheartedly committed to the role as a Governor and ensuring they do the very best they can for the children.

On a personal note she owns a small holding on the Brendon Hills with her husband where they have sheep and horses. One of her greatest pleasures is walking her two dogs through the wonderful Somerset countryside.

Mag Hatton - Foundation Governor 

Harry is managing director and owner of Singer Instruments, manufacturing robotics to accelerate global biological research. He has a doctorate in Quantum Chaos from UCL. He is the chairman of two charities, including the Steam Coast Trail. Harry has two children who are currently at St Michael's School, and volunteers in the management of the school pool. In his spare time he surfs and plays the ukulele. Pretty badly!

 

 

Harry Singer  -  Associate Member

Harry is managing director and owner of Singer Instruments, manufacturing robotics to accelerate global biological research. He has a doctorate in Quantum Chaos from UCL. He is the chairman of two charities, including the Steam Coast Trail. Harry has two children who are currently at St Michael's School, and volunteers in the management of the school pool. In his spare time he surfs and plays the ukulele. Pretty badly!

 

 

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 Y    
Carole (Mag) Hatton Y Y Y    
Duncan Copper Y Y Y    
Stephane Millar * resigned 02.21 Y X / / /
Keith Hunt * resigned 01.21 X X / / /
Janine Donovan (Head) Y Y Y    
Paul Rushforth (CEO) Y Y Y    
Richard Higgins Y Y Y    
Jane Bellamy Y X Y    
Ingo Gasperini * resigned 11/20 N / / / /
Carole Pearse X Y Y    
Sonia Watters X X X    
Harry Singer / / Y    
Karen Mills Bown Y Y Y    
Charlotte Taylor Y 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

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

ü

ü ü ü ü
Duncan Copper

ü

x ü x ü
Stephane Millar

ü

ü ü ü ü
Keith Hunt

ü

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

ü

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 

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