Mrs S. Smith (Chair)


Mrs M. Colman (Vice Chair)


Mrs H. Austin


Mrs L Auckland-Kelbie

Parent Elect

Parent Elect

Mrs H. Burchell


Mrs P. Grottick


Mr T. Wheat



Mrs J. Marchione

The governors act as a "critical friend" to the school, monitoring and overseeing the smooth running of the school and supporting and listening to staff and parents. The governing body is responsible for the overall management of the school and for determining its aims, objectives and policies in accordance with all the relevant legislation. The head manages the school from day to day and is the governing body’s principal professional adviser who assists it with the formulation and implementation of its aims, objectives, policies and plans.


Governor minutes are in the public domain. You can request to see them in the school office. Alternatively email the Clerk, Mrs J Marchione by clicking here.

Mrs A. Hale

Support Staff

Mr W. Cowan

Parent Elect


Mrs G Holley



I have been a Governor for 12 years, but my involvement with the school goes back 25 years when we moved to West Pennard and my daughter began school. I am Vice Chair and Chair the Personnel Committee. Our responsibilities in the Personnel Committee relate to monitoring the welfare of pupils and staff. We are also responsible for approving a wide range of policies.

I have been the Head teacher since 2006 having previously been the deputy head for ten years. I joined the school in 1991 so you could say that West Pennard is part of my heart and soul! I am privileged to work with a very supportive and knowledgeable Governing Body to ensure the children receive the best possible education.
I was born and brought up in West Pennard and I now live in Sticklynch. My son, Thomas, and I are both ex-pupils of the school. My interests revolve around our beautiful countryside surroundings, children and good food. I'm currently keen to encourage enjoyment of school meals and the maintaining of our in-house school meals service.

I joined the Governing Body in the Autumn of 2006 having moved to West Pennard from Margate, Kent –where I was a Teacher of the Deaf for over 30 years. I started my teaching career at Tavistock Primary School so it was a great pleasure to come back to a Primary School in my role as ex-officio governor. I am Chaplain among the Deaf in the Diocese and a licensed Reader in the Benefice. Although I now live in Baltonsborough, I am involved in the monthly Family Service at St. Nicholas Church where children from the village play an important part. I am the link governor for RE and Collective Worship, am on the Key Stage 2 assembly rota, and am the Child Protection Governor.

I live in West Pennard and two of my children have attended the School. I am Chair of the Finance Committee and Vice Chair of the Personnel Committee. The community is extremely fortunate to have such an excellent school with outstanding staff and am pleased to able to contribute to and support the school in providing the best all round environment for our children

I have been a Foundation Governor for just over thirty years. It is a privilege to be part of such a wonderful school. I have four grown up children all of whom had an excellent primary education at West Pennard. My passion for each and every child to have the best possible start to their journey into the world of education is still with me today and I very much enjoy being part of a team who share this passion.

I have had connections with West Pennard School for 42 years, as a parent, a teacher and now a grandparent and governor. My teaching career was mainly with the younger children and I am delighted to be the Foundation Stage Governor and also the Special Needs Governor. Through all the changes in education over the years West Pennard has always been an outstanding school not only in striving to provide its pupils with an excellent education but more importantly in imparting a sense of self worth  and consideration for others

I live in Havyatt and have a daughter who has just left Year 6 and a son studying for A Levels. In the past I have worked as cabin crew for a major airline. I also founded a bereavement charity, working alongside Royal Navy personnel and I'm trained in counselling. I am on the Personnel Committee, which oversees the welfare of both pupils and staff. I feel my role is to be a voice for the parents of the school.

I have a long association with West Pennard School, having attended the school as a child and my mum having taught here from the late 1970s to early 1990s. I have been teaching for 12 years and have been at West Pennard for the last 6. I teach Year 4 and co-ordinate Key Stage 2, Maths and ICT. I have been a governor for the last 6 years as teacher governor and sit on the Finance and Buildings and Curriculum Sub Committees.


Mrs F. Roberts

Mrs S. Middleton

Parent Elect

I live in Shepton Mallet and have a son in Yr 2 and a daughter in Reception. I speak fluent French and come from a language teaching background, as well as having taught exercise classes locally for many years. I am link governor for Modern Languages and Humanities and sit on the Personnel and Curriculum committees. I was elected as a governor in December 2014 and feel very privileged to be able contribute to this wonderful school. I believe the children here are nurtured and cared for by outstanding staff and encouraged to reach their full potential, not only academically but as happy, creative and confident members of the community.

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