OUR GOVERNORS

The Governors of Merriott First School and Haselbury Plucknett Church of England First School voted to Federate during Summer 2017 and a new joint governing board across both schools was formed on the 26th June 2017. Both schools in the academic year 2016/2017 were already working in close collaboration.

Whilst maintaining the ethos and distinctiveness of each school, the Federation will allow the efficient sharing of expertise and systems to improve outcomes for all pupils across both schools. These include:

  • Giving our children greater opportunities to learn together with other first school pupils from a neighbouring village.
  • Teachers being able to collaborate closely to share good practice and expertise with the purpose of improving teaching further in both schools.
  • Sharing of staff development and training opportunities in order that the schools continue to improve in the key areas such as Mathematics and English teaching.
  • Sharing resources so that budgets can go further and can be focused on pupil learning.​

The Schools Governing Body is made up of the following representatives:

  • One Governor appointed by the Local Authority
  • Two Parent Governors
  • One Headteacher
  • One Staff Governor
  • Four Co-opted Governors
  • One Foundation Governor
  • One Ex-Offcio Governor

The Governors meet at least nine times a year and all business is completed in these meetings.

There is a Finance Stategy Group which reports to the Full Governing Body. They receive reports from the Headteacher concerning relevant school matters and discuss various topics relating to the efficient running of both schools.

The Clerk to the Federation Governing Body is Miss Wendy Abbott who can be contacted via the School Office or email:ClerktoMerriottandHaselburyP@educ.somerset.gov.uk 

Mrs Jill Tutcher (Chair)

Mrs Jill Tutcher (Chair)

Co-opted Governor, Safeguarding Governor, Term of Office: 26.06.17 - 25.06.21
Miss A Higginbotham

Miss A Higginbotham

Executive Headteacher, Term of Office: 01.09.18 - 31.08.22
Rev Jonathan Morris

Rev Jonathan Morris

Ex-Officio Governor, Term of Office: 26.06.17 - 25.06.21
Mr Robert Harwood-Smith

Mr Robert Harwood-Smith

Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair, Data Protection & Finance Governor, Term of Office: 26.06.17 - 25.06.21
 Mrs Heather Copping

Mrs Heather Copping

Support for Health & Safety Staff Governor, Term of Office: 26.06.17 - 25.06.21
Miss Natasha Rand

Miss Natasha Rand

Pupil Premium Pay Committee, Parent Governor, Term of Office: 29.06.18 - 28.06.22
Mrs Sophie Thompson

Mrs Sophie Thompson

Parent Governor, Support for Safeguarding/SEN, Term of Office: 26.06.17 - 25.06.21
Mrs Bridget Reader

Mrs Bridget Reader

Co-opted Governor, Pre-school Link Governor, Term of Office: 06.11.17 - 05.11.21
Mrs Hil Daynes

Mrs Hil Daynes

Foundation Governor, Health & Safety/SEN Governor, Finance Strategy Group, Term of Office: 26.06.17 - 25.06.21
Mr Stephen Bateman

Mr Stephen Bateman

Co-opted Governor, Term of Office: 11.11.19 - 10.11.23
Mrs Penny Harvey

Mrs Penny Harvey

Co-opted Governor, Term of Office: 11.11.19 - 10.11.23
Vacancy

Vacancy

LEA Governor

Governors are required to declare any material interests and relationships they may have between each other and school staff. None of the current governors have any relationships which need declaring.​

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