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Governors

 

Mike Legg became a Governor in 2013.  He hears children in Year 1 read twice a week. He was an army officer for the whole of his working life; he trained troops in the UK and Iran, and during the last 15 years he specialised in career development of officers and soldiers. He has two grown-up children and his two grandchildren spent a term in the school while waiting to join their mother in Nepal. His main interests are history, particularly World War 1, and his three border collies.
 
Katharine Stonex (Vice-Chair of Governors) became Vice Chair once again in 2016 and has been a governor for 5 years.  She sits on the Physical Resources and Human Resources Committees.  Her working life was spent as a graphic designer in advertising and marketing for large retail companies.  Since retirement she has been a generalist adviser with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.  Married with two daughters she lives in Wadeford. Katharine believes that the importance of a good education cannot be underestimated and that the role of a primary school is to provide the best foundation for life.
 
Jonathan Farey came to Somerset from Gloucestershire in 1976 in forestry, farming and building.  He loves spending time on his 30 acre farm in Dommet but his main passion is music, playing many instruments, writing and recording songs and teaching part-time.  He sings with Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir, plays in several bands and also with his four daughters, all of whom attended the school and wife, Maria.  Maria was raised in Combe St Nicholas and runs a successful youth theatre group in Chard.  Together they play the music for family services in the Church.  Jonathan became a governor in 2004 and is also a governor at Holyrood Academy.  He enjoys meeting other governors/teachers and being involved in making decisions.  It is stimulating and rewarding and he heartily recommends it! 
 
Gerry Kent lives in Wadeford with his wife and has been a member of the Governing Body for several years. He has 3 children and 5 grandchildren living in Bristol and London.  He came to Somerset after retiring from full-time teaching as a senior lecturer in Cheltenham where he taught Electronics and Programming to FE and HE students.  He still carried on as a part-time lecturer teaching these subjects at SCAT and Yeovil for another 6 years, before finally retiring and moving to Wadeford.  His teaching posts have included army, industry, FE and HE colleges.  He is hoping his experience of industry and teaching in general will be something he can bring to the school, and increase the children's preception of what education and learning is all about and what that can lead to.
 
Greg Hoare (Chair of Governors) became Chair of Governors in 2016 and now has only one grandchild attending the school.  He is now retired after 45 years of working, initially as a marine engineer and more recently as an inspector for a large insurance company. He has been a member of the governing body for several years as the clergy representative. He is a member of the ethos committee and worked with staff and others in preparation for the 2014 Siams inspection which resulted in the school gaining an outstanding rating. He is also a member of the Human Resources and Physical Resources/Finance. Greg is a strong supporter of the links between the school and the local community. He believes that at a time of constant change within education it is important to ensure that the whole community realises the importance of maintaining a school within the village both for the education of local children and for the life of the village as a whole. A keen walker and gardener, Greg enjoys his allotments at the village allotments.   
 
Daphne Lee is a parent governor, having recently joined the governing body in January 2015. She has three children, one currently in Foxes, one in Badgers and another attending Tadpoles. She has lived in Combe St Nicholas for 9 years. Currently she is a teacher of Lace Making and is a tester for an e-learning company; previously she worked for Whitbread and held positions of Area Manager and then Loss Prevention Officer. Daphne is very much a family person and enjoys spending time with her family. She is looking forward to becoming an active governor, working towards future development of the school for the benefit of all children attending.
 
Ed Cockburn is a new parent governor with a daughter in Badgers’ class. He was born in Chardleigh Green and brought up on the family farm with three sisters. He has lived here most of his working life apart from three years with VSO in Sub Saharan Africa for the Ghanaian Ministry of Agriculture as a regional agricultural advisor. He is currently a partner in the family farm and works as a joiner and cabinet maker, both as part of a large team and as a main and sub contractor on several prestigious historical building projects throughout the South West. He enjoys rugby and winter sports and encouraging children in sporting activities. 
 
Dr Peter Avery is a retired Principal of Richard Huish College in Taunton after almost 16 years in post. Prior to this he was at Priestley College, Warrington, for 6 years, latterly as Vice Principal and Deputy Chief Executive, and before this teaching Biology at Marple Ridge High School which, following a reorganisation of secondary provision in Stockport, became The Ridge Sixth Form College.  When Peter joined Richard Huish in 1997, he quickly established a new senior team in order to provide the college with the clear direction it needed.  By the time of the Ofsted inspection in 1998 the college was rated ‘outstanding’ for support to students and ‘good’ in all other areas.  The drive to improve standards of teaching, learning and assessment were accompanied by the development of a student enrichment programme and the creation of the Huish Business School to enable the college’ to become more valuable to the community and to generate a financial surplus for capital reinvestment.  The 2003 Ofsted inspection rated the college ‘outstanding’ in all areas and the 2007 inspection awarded the highest grade in all areas.  In the first phase of Peter's retirement, he worked for an interim management/consultancy agency and was a Director of several charities. He reduced such involvements over time; his membership of the Governing Body of the school is his only such undertaking. He is a keen gardener and allotment grower; Peter discovered Bowls in 2014 and plays short-mat, long-mat and lawn bowls as often as possible! He also finds time to enjoy some of the interests he shares with his wife, Kay, including photography, reading, cinema and theatre, walking and travel.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Governors

 
  
  
Code of Conduct for the Governing Body 2017.pdf
  
Governing Body Attendance Record 2016-17.pdf
  
Governing Body Attendance Record 2017-18.pdf
  
Governing Body Details (2016-17).pdf
  
Governing Body Details (2017-18).pdf
  
Register of Pecuniary Interests (2016 - 2017).pdf
  
Register of Pecuniary Interests 2017 - 2018.pdf