Welcome to our Governors' section.
Please find below details of how our Board of Governors is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.
The Board of Governors role is to promote the schools’ long term development by setting a strategic framework for school improvement and oversee its implementation, to set the schools values, aims and objectives; to allocate and control the schools’ budgets; monitor and evaluate the schools’ progress; shape and to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the Headteacher by support and challenge.
This Board of Governors re-constituted in September 2015, but many governors had been on the Governing Body before this date.
Members of the Board of Governors for 2019-2020 are:
Mrs Julie Norman
Headteacher, appointed governor in September 2014
Mrs Gail Webster
Appointed Co-opted governor by the Board in December 2015. Her term of office expires in December 2019.
Dr Chris Leigh.
Appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education as a Foundation governor in February 2016.
Appointed Staff Governor by election in September 2017, prior to this Kate was Co-opted Governor and was an associate member for 4 months. Her term of office expires in September 2021
The Reverend Prebendary Angela Berners-Wilson
Appointed ex-officio governor by the Diocesan Board of Education October 2016.
Mrs Alexis Tisshaw
Appointed Clerk by Somerset County Council in September 2006.
Mr Chris Birch
Appointed Co-opted Governor by the Board in September 2017, his term of office expires in September 2021.
Mr Dale Newland
Appointed LA Governor by Somerset County Council, in November 2018; his term of office expires in November 2022.
Mr Richard Strong
Appointed Co-opted Governor by the Board in November 2018; his term of office expires in November 2022.
Mrs Emily van Wyk
Appointed Parent Governor in September 2019; her term of office expires in August 2023
Mr Jon Poole
Appointed Parent Governor in September 2019; his term of office expires in August 2023.
The Board of Governors holds five Full Board of Governor meetings per
academic year, supported by the following main Committees:
Admissions Committee -
Behaviour & Safeguarding, Health & Safety Committee – chaired by Mrs Gail Webster
Business & Finance Committee – chaired by Mr Chris Birch
Performance Committee – chaired by Mrs Kate McCrimmon
Foundation Committee - chaired by Rev. Angela Berners-Wilson
Strategic Development Committee - chaired by Mr Chris Birch
and the following sub-committees and panels:
Church School Distinctiveness panel
Performance Management Committee
Appeals Committee (from Pay)
Appointments & Dismissal (of teachers) Panel
Kate McCrimmon - No interests declared
Gail Webster - No interests declared
Chris Leigh - No interests declared
Julie Norman - No interests declared
Chris Birch - Director, Retail company
The following people have served on the Board of Governors:
Mr Trevor Simpson (resigned July 2019)
Mr Roy Harbour (resigned June 2019)
Mrs Fee Bellamy - (resigned May 2019)
Rev. Ben Flenley (resigned September 2017)
Mr Mike Griffiths (resigned August 2017)
Mr Dylan Chip (resigned August 2016)
Mrs Jo Hobbs (resigned August 2016)
Mrs Lorrie Thomas (resigned October 2016)