The Governors of the school meet regularly throughout the year and are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the school. Governors and staff work closely together to provide the pupils with the very best possible start to their education.The basic ethos of our school is as a caring and friendly environment with strong links to our local community. Our most recent Ofsted inspection (January 2014) stated that the care, guidance and support of pupils is outstanding.
The Governing Body, dedicated staff and supportive parents work together to ensure that the school’s high standards are maintained and that each child fulfils their potential whilst at the school, ensuring that they are well equipped to cope with the next stage of their education.
Simon Collins – Chair of Governors
I am a Parent Governor of the school and I have had 2 very happy children there. I have lived in Curry Mallet since 2004.
I became a governor in November 2015 because I am a strong supporter of the school ethos of providing a caring and friendly environment where each pupil is able to achieve their full potential.
I went to school in Taunton before doing a Degree in Engineering at University College London. I now work as a self-employed Programme Manager for companies across the Financial Services sector.
After 10 years of playgroup/school fundraising and PTFA involvement, I felt it was time to leave the fun behind and take on a more serious role. Our school encourages each individual, both child and adult, to be the best person they can, in a safe learning environment. I became a govenor to have a part in the continuation of this ethos.
I am a parent of three, all of whom have attended the school and also a qualified primary teacher and therefore have a valid and vested interest in education, children’s progress and their achievements at Curry Mallet Primary School.
I became a governor in April 2011 because I wanted to work with staff, fellow governors and parents to ensure that each pupil at the school is able to achieve their full potential; that children get the best possible learning environment in order for them to flourish and to ensure the school’s long-term success by continuing to maintain and raise the current high standards at the school so that it remains one of the top schools in Somerset.
I was born and brought up in Bristol, attending St Bonaventure’s Catholic Primary School and subsequently St Brendan’s College Grammar School. Four years at Oxford Polytechnic resulted in a Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning, a return to Bristol in 1973, and a job with the City Council as a Strategic Planner.
I worked in Bristol until 2000, leaving to become Head of Planning at Sedgemoor District Council. Along with this came the move to Somerset and Curry Mallet.
I left Sedgemoor following treatment for Lymphoma and then spent a number of years as a private planning consultant and I still do a small amount of planning work. My real interest is classic cars but I also enjoy walking – and have done a number of the National Trails – and all forms of DIY.
I have two children, Adam and Laura. Both attended state schools and went on to gain degrees at university. Laura is currently completing a PhD in English in the USA and Adam has a job in Bristol.I spent some time as a Parish Councillor here and helped produce the Parish Plan and a local walks booklet. Currently, I am Vice Chair of the Village Hall Committee.
I have lived at Beercrocombe since 2008 and I am a Co-opted Governor (since May 2017) with a grandson who attends the school. Like my grandchildren I love learning and returned to education in my middle years taking a BA Hons degree in History at Exeter University and an MSc in Sociology at Bristol University.
Before retirement I was an Equality and Diversity Manager in the post-16 education sector. I firmly believe that everyone, regardless of background, race, gender or disabilities, should be part of an inclusive environment. One which encourages and nurtures staff and children to achieve their best. I am delighted to be involved with the school and conscientiously carry out the responsibilities of being the SEN Governor. When time allows I enjoy walking, theatre visits and reading.
I carried out all of my primary and secondary education at small schools in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire followed by 2-years of military college. I have spent many years traveling, working and living in different countries. After 15-years of running my own online marketing businesses, I now work as a director for a US based marketing software company.
I decided to become a parent governor of the school in 2019 to give something back to the local community that has made us feel so welcome since our move to this area in 2012 and I want to help maintain the fun, caring and effective environment that my two children enjoy at the school.
For me, the happiness and wellbeing of staff, teachers and pupils is essential for ensuring that our school continues to grow and continues to successfully help children to be the very best that they can be.