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.
Thank you for considering Curry Mallet School as the right place for your child. As a parent of three young children myself, I understand that your choice of school is so important to your child in ensuring that they get the best possible learning environment in which they can flourish academically, emotionally and socially. I believe that you will get that environment at Curry Mallet School.
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 (June 2009) 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.
Chair of Governors
Richard is a Parent Governor of the school. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a degree in Physics from Birmingham University. Richard has three children and has lived in Curry Mallet since 2000. He runs his own accountancy practice and provides tutoring and training in strategy and finance to a number of financial institutions.
I am delighted to write that I am the community governor for Curry Mallet School and I have never left school! After my own school days I went straight to college and then headed out into the big wide world of… teaching! Most of my teaching career has been in small village schools, (including Curry Mallet, many years ago!), and it was with great joy and pride that I became headteacher of my own small village school.
Not quite ready to retire, I am currently working with a delightful young child with special needs who frequently asks, ‘Are you happy?’ The answer is, ‘Yes I am!’ I have the privilege of working with children on a daily basis and living in a village where I know great things are happening at a vibrant and forward-looking school.
PS I enjoy walking our large dog around the village, gardening when I have time, reading and….being with children!
Currently Rector of the Seven Sowers Benefice (which stretches from Curry Mallet in the east to Orchard Portman in the west), I have been in the ordained ministry for the past 26 years serving in Reading, Solihull and Eton Wick near Windsor. Prior to Ordination, I was in banking for 6 years and co-ran a Christian air/sea freight business for Christian mission and general relief organisations for 2 years. I am married to Kate and we have 3 grown up children. When not wearing my 'dog collar', I enjoy walking, the occasional cycle ride and watching murder mysteries on TV!
My first real contact with the school was when I was 13, when it was pointed out that doing handbrake turns in my Morris Minor by the fence was leaving unacceptable amounts of mud across the playground. Over subsequent decades, I have built up a happier relationship with the school as a neighbour, governor and parent, although the subject of mud has recurred from time to time.
Before becoming a governor, I had quite a lot of committee experience having done lengthy stints on the Parish Council and as a director of a large farmers’ purchasing organisation. In my ten years on the governing body I have tried to bring the perspective of someone who is self employed, practical and pragmatic and it has been satisfying to have had a small part in the development of the school.
When I was younger I was quite widely travelled, pursuing my interests of hill walking, rock climbing and mineralogy. These days I spend a lot of my time drilling holes in walls and changing batteries.
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 attend 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 have also been the Chair of the Committee for the feeder playgroup so have experience of working as part of a team.
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 am a Parent Governor of the school and have 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.
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 am a parent of two ex pupils who both really enjoyed their time at Curry Mallet School, so felt I would try to put something back in by becoming a governor.
Having previously been involved with the PTFA, I could see how parents could support the school staff and help provide additional resources to benefit the children’s education - now as a governor I feel a great responsibility to make the most of these resources.
I am a self employed civil engineer who enjoys recreation time with boats, beer and curry.