Our Governors

The Governing Body meets at least once a term. As a new school key positions including co-opted, parent and staff Governors are still to be appointed. Our governors are as follows:

Guy Adams – Chair of Governors – LA Appointed

Ruth Hobbs – Vice Chair of Governors – Co-opted Governor

John Burke – Co-opted Governor

Niall Whitehouse – Co-opted Governor

Dr Tim Cockerill – Co-opted Governor

Rev Jo Stobart – Ex Officio Governor

William Lucy – Foundation Governor

Vacancy – Foundation Governor

Katie Pitman – Parent Governor

Sarah Tricker – Parent Governor

Claire Oaten – Headteacher

Vernon Higgins- Staff Governor

The Clerk to the Governors is  Vacancy

The Work of the Governors

The Governing Body meets at least once a term, but usually more often. Governors have Standing Orders to follow; these are regulations and guidelines as to how the Governors fulfil their duties. Our committee structure and membership will be decided at the start of the new academic year. Our Pay Committee membership will be announced in September.

The governors have very wide ranging responsibilities; oversight of the curriculum and pupil attainment, performance of staff, the health and safety of all those using the school, the school’s finances- and more. In practice, they delegate much of this to the Headteacher on a day to day basis, but work with the Headteacher and staff to set the direction of the school and the policies it operates within.

We will have nominated Governors for specific areas, these are:

ECT (Early Career Teachers)

Learning & Progress



Equalities / Pupil Premium / LAC (Looked After Children)


Online Safety

H&S (Health and Safety)

Ethos Group

Terms of Office for our school Governors (and any relevant business interests):

Guy Adams , LA Appt Governor- 14.05.20 to 14.05.24 – Governor at Parkfield Primary in Taunton.

Claire Oaten – Headteacher – started 01.09.13

Rev Jo Stobart – Ex Officio – started 15.10.19 Trustee – Ilminster Education Foundation

Ruth Hobbs, Co-opted Governor 14.05.20 to 14.05.24​, previously Associate Governor from Feb 2020 – Chair Somerset Parent Carer Forum

William Lucy, Foundation Governor – 09.08.21 to 08.08.25

Katie Pitman, Parent Governor – 18.07.22 to 17.07.26

Sarah Tricker,  Parent Governor – 18.07.22 to 17.07.26

John Burke, Co-opted Governor – 18.07.22 to 17.07.26 – wife works for the school

Niall Whitehouse, Co-opted Governor -18.07.22 to 17.07.26 – children at school

Dr Tim Cockerill, Co-opted Governor 08.12.22 to 07.12.26 – child at school

Vernon Higgins, Staff Governor 23.09.22 to 22.09.26

Information about Governance in the 2022 to 2023 academic year

Please see the link below to show Governor membership, attendance and declared interests in the prior academic year.