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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. In December 2021 we changed the name to Local School Councillors and Old Cleeve and St Michael's formed their own boards.



Please click here for further information on the WSAT 


Chair -  Duncan Cooper 

Vice -    Richard Higgins  


Old Cleeve Local School Council:

Mrs Emma Murch - Interim Headteacher Old Cleeve

Mrs Jess Bishop - Board Appointed                                         04/03/22 - 03/03/26       

Mrs Gemma Cody-Boutcher - Parent Elected                             15/02/22 - 14/02/26             

Mr Duncan Cooper - Parent Elected H&S                                 13/07/18 - 12/07/22

Mrs Jane Bellamy - Link Trustee                                             12/05/21 - 11/05/25

Ms Carole (Mag) Hatton - Foundation                                     18/12/21 - 17/12/25

Rev Richard Higgins - Ex Officio Foundation                             30/06/20 - 30/6/24

Miss Sam Horn - Staff Elected                                                11/05/21 - 10/05/25   

Miss Sarah Moody - Parent Elected                                         15/02/22 - 14/02/26

Mrs Charlotte Taylor - Staff Elected                                         09/03/22 - 08/03/26



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

Mr Harry Singer ** resigned 31/12/21 

Mrs Carole Pearce ** resigned 31/12/21

Father Simon Robinson ** resigned 31/12/21

** Moved to St Michael's School LSC

Jane Bellamy

Jane Bellamy (Link Trustee)

I was appointed as a foundation governor at Old Cleeve & St Michael's School in January 2019 and I am a Trustee for the WSAT.

For 15 years I was the headteacher of a C of E primary school near Milton Keynes & also acted as Head of the Virtual School for children in the care of the local authority. We moved to this area following my retirement & I am delighted to be able to be part of the governing body. I am keen to ensure that the Christian ethos of the school is upheld.

Mag Hatton

Mag Hatton - Foundation Governor - first appointed in 2017. 



Duncan Cooper

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.  



Sarah Moody

Sarah Moody -Parent Governor responsible for Safeguarding 

I am passionate about children’s well being and believe this is key for engaging well at school. The 18 years experience I have within mental health services supports this and the ability to bring positive ideas and suggestions. I would also like to be able to support others in contributing to the children’s future and ensure all children get the opportunity to get the most out of the school environment.


Jess Bishop - Board Elected 

Ever since my daughter started at Old Cleeve First School and I witnessed first hand  the commitment and care of all the school staff, I have wanted to give back my time and support by joining the Local School Council. I have worked in Local Government for the past 14 years which has given me experience in governance, health protection and emergency management. I really care that the school is at the centre of the community and it has the support to continue to create a safe place where the children can develop confidence, learn and have fun.

Charlotte Taylor -Staff Appointed

I am currently Executive SENDCO across both Old Cleeve First School and Danesfield Middle School. I have worked within the WSAT for 18 months and I am returning from maternity leave. I have been a qualified teacher and leader working in education since 2013 and have been fortunate to work in schools across the country in Manchester, Cambridgeshire, Devon and now Somerset. I am passionate about making sure the provision we provide our children with is inclusive, challenging and exciting. I look forward to supporting the school leadership team in ensuring all the children can make the best progress they can

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  Attendance at LSC meetings 2021-22

 AttendedOut of a possible 
Rob Lakin (CEO)23
Emma Murch (Head)33
Simon Robinson - CHAIR to 12/21 -resigned)01
Carole (Mag) Hatton23
Duncan Copper -Chair from 01/2233
Richard Higgins23
Jane Bellamy  (link Trustee) 33
Carole Pearse (resigned 12/21)11
Harry Singer (resigned 12/21)01
Sam Horn 33
Gemma Cody-Boucher12
Sarah Moody22
Jessica Bishop 22
Charlotte Taylor 22

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//

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

Mrs Helen Hatfield on 01984 632581