Welcome to the Board of Governors page on the Misterton School Website

Governance at The Crewkerne and Misterton Federation

The Governor’s role at Ashlands CofE First School, & Misterton CofE First School.

“The role of the Governor is largely a thinking and questioning role, not a doing role.”

As a member of the largest voluntary body in the UK school governors have three core functions in order to provide the highest standards of education:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school(s) and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school(s) and ensuring  financial probity

A Governor’s role is to advise and support the Headteacher and other members of the Senior Leadership Team and act as a ‘critical friend’.

Governors are required to attend a Full Board Meeting at least once per term; they will also be asked to become an expert /link governor in one key area such as those listed below.

Name of Governor Category of Governor Appointed Body Term of Office Details of position of Responsibility SDP


Any Declared Business Interests
Nicola Ball Headteacher Elected Start April 2015 – 4 Years Headteacher All NONE
Mr Richard Barratt Chair LA Started April 2015 – 4 Years Safeguarding / Personnel / Ethos NONE
Vacancy Foundation
Rev Craig Sinclair Ex-Officio Diocese Started Oct 2017 – 4 Years Ethos in Diocesan Church Schools / Personnel including Headteacher performance
Kay Dawson Staff Board  Started Oct 2017 – 4 Years  Teaching & Learning / Data
Lucy Gosden Staff (Co-opted) Board  Started March 2018 – 4 Years
Vacancy Co-opted Board
Elizabeth Clemow Co-opted Board Started April 2015 – 4 Years SEND & Teaching & Learning Printasleeve Ltd
Anthony Mulligan Parent  (Misterton) Board Started April 2015 – 4 Years Finance & Health & Safety


Eleanor (Ellie) Kading Parent (Ashlands) Board Started April 2015 – 4 Years Numeracy / Teaching and Learning / EYFS Perfectly Formed Songs Ltd
Liz Popham Associate Board Started Oct 2017 – 4 Years  Safeguarding / on line safety
Vacancy Associate

Rev Jonathon Morris is also a Governor at Haselbury Plucknet First School and Wadham Academy School in Crewkerne.

The following people have been members of the Governing Body. Their names will remain below for 1 year after they finished their term of office so they can be identified on any GB minutes.

Revd Jonathon Morris Ex-Officio Diocese Left Role July 2017 Ethos in Diocesan Church School and Personnel
Andrew North Co-Opted Board Left Role July 2017 EYFS
Diana Hunt

Adam Pilton





Left Role July 2017

Left Role November 2017

Sample Link Governor Roles:

Child Protection / Safeguarding (inc e-safety)

Ethos in Diocesan Church Schools

Data Analysis and Information


Sub Groups – PP/EAL/LAC

Finance inc Health and Safety – Misterton

Finance inc Health and Safety – Ashlands


Future Planning and Grant Funding

Additionally, at any one time, there may be a number of bespoke working groups researching and advising on such matters as Governors’ training, Governors’ monitoring and intervention, pupil admissions and marketing. Governors also play an important role in the interviewing and appointment of new teaching staff.

Governors have the facility and responsibility to visit the schools to witness its day-to-day activities, in order to assess and understand the progress made and the issues encountered by the Senior Leadership Team. These visits are arranged in conjunction with the relevant members of the Senior Leadership Team and are structured in a way that is not disruptive to the Schools’s daily activities.


Why become a Governor?

If you have an interest in helping the federation of schools become the best schools possible in terms of providing education from EYFS to Year 4, then offering your services as a Governor will allow you to contribute directly to this end.

If you had a good experience of education you may be driven by wanting to contribute to a similar experience for today’s young people; equally if your experience was less than good you may wish to contribute to improve the educational experience of students today.

What is involved in becoming a Governor?

There are Ten Governors and Two Associate Governors on the Federated Board – who bring with them skills and experience relevant to the role.  The term of office for all Governors is four years.


Governor Type
Staff Governor
LA Governor
Parent Governor (Ashlands)
Parent Governor (Misterton)
Foundation Governor (ex officio)
Foundation Governor (DBE)
Co-opted Governor *
Co-opted Governor
Co-opted Governor
Associate Governor
Associate Governor

LA Governor – appointed by LA* The governors have agreed that 1 of the co-opted governor appointments made by the Governing Body will be a member of staff from the school not represented from the Staff Governor position

Parent Governors – are elected by the parents of students at the two schools.

Foundation Governors – are appointed by Bath and Wells Diose

Associate/Co-opted Governors – are approved by the Board.  These are people with a particular skill set such as financial, business or legal acumen, or other experience and qualifications, which will help them assist in the decision making processes of the Governing Body.

What is involved?

  • There is an expectation that you attend Full Board meetings – normally one per month.
  • You will be asked to become an expert in at least one area, as well as working groups as issues arise.
  • Induction and on-going training is provided, some of which – such as that related to child protection – is mandatory.
  • A committed Governor will ordinarily attend at least three routine, typically, two hour meetings per term, with approximately an hour of pre-reading and preparation (consideration of the issues) in your own time required. School visits are approximately one half day per term, plus a couple of evenings annually at events.

All Governors are encouraged to make active contributions to all meetings.

What do you get?

  • First and foremost, opportunities to help shape the education of our local young people, with a view to giving them a greater chance of a successful ongoing career, whatever their interests.
  • Huge personal satisfaction that you have been involved in the development of the Schools and the students’ education.
  • Personal development opportunities to gain some skills and experience that your working life may not have provided. These may contribute to your ability to enhance your own work experience and will certainly broaden your skill set.

If anything above prompts you to offer your services as a Governor of the Schools, please contact us using one of the methods below.

It is, if course, not always possible to offer a post to volunteers if particular skill set or experience already exist within the Board and other subject experience is missing.

CONTACT email: office@mistertonfirst.somerset.sch.uk adding ‘GOVERNOR-INFORMATION’ in the subject line.

There are other committees that meet as necessary to consider issues such as parent complaints, staff dismissal, pupil discipline and the Headteacher’s performance management. From time to time working parties are formed for specific, time limited work.

On rare occasions when parents feel they have a complaint that cannot be resolved within the School, there are procedures in place to ask for Governors’ assistance. This is outlined in the Complaints Policy.

All Governors are contactable via the Misterton School Office:  office@mistertonfirst.somerset.sch.uk and by post.

Links to Key Governor Documents here

Governor Handbook 2017-19

Governor Induction Policy V1

chairs report 2016-17

Chairs report 2014-15