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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:

Mrs Emma Murch - Interim Headteacher Old Cleeve

Miss Alexandra Butler - Interim Headteacher St Michael's

Ms Carole (Mag) Hatton - Foundation Governor/ English           18/12/17 - 17/12/21

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                               04/09/20 - 03/09/24

Mrs Jane Bellamy (Vice Chair) - Foundation                             03/01/19 - 03/01/23

Mrs Carole Pearse -  Foundation/ SEN Governor                       15/1/21 - 14/1/25

Mr Harry Singer - Parent Elected Governor                               12/05/21 - 11/05/25

Ms Sam Horn - Staff Governor                                                12/05/21 - 11/05/25


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

Mrs Sonia Watters - Board Appointed

04/07/20 - **resigned 30/6/21

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.

Mag Hatton - Foundation Governor 



Harry Singer  -   Parent 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!



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 2021-22

 AttendedOut of a possible 
Rob Lakin (CEO)  
Emma Murch (Head)  
Simon Robinson - CHAIR   
Carole (Mag) Hatton  
Duncan Copper  
Richard Higgins  
Jane Bellamy  (Vice)   
Carole Pearse  
Harry Singer  
Sam Horn   
Charlotte Taylor - invited Deputy Head   

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

Simon Robinson - CHAIR YYYXY
Carole (Mag) HattonYYYXX
Duncan CopperYYYYX
Stephane Millar * resigned 02.21YX///
Keith Hunt * resigned 01.21XX///
Janine Donovan (Head)YYYYY
Paul Rushforth (CEO)YYYYX
Richard HigginsYYYYX
Jane BellamyYXYYY
Ingo Gasperini * resigned 11/20N////
Carole PearseXYYYY
Sonia WattersXXXN/
Harry Singer//YYY
Sam Horn ////X
Karen Mills Bown - invited YYYYY
Charlotte Taylor - invited YYY//

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