"That they may have life, life in all its fullness"
John: Chapter 10 Verse 10
Mike Legg became a Governor in 2013. He hears children in Year 1 read twice a week. He was an army officer for the whole of his working life; he trained troops in the UK and Iran, and during the last 15 years he specialised in career development of officers and soldiers. He has two grown-up children and his two grandchildren spent a term in the school while waiting to join their mother in Nepal. His main interests are history, particularly World War 1, and his three border collies.
Hoare (Chair of Governors) became Chair of Governors in 2016 and both grandchildren attended the school. He is retired after 45 years of
working, initially as a marine engineer and more recently as an inspector for a
large insurance company. He became a member of the governing body in 2010,
initially as the clergy representative and is now a co-opted governor. He is a
member of the Ethos Committee and worked with staff and others in preparation
for the 2019 SIAMS inspection which resulted in the school gaining an excellent
rating. He is also a member of the Human Resources and Physical
Resources/Finance Committees. Greg is a strong supporter of the links
between the school and the local community. He believes that at a time of
constant change within education, it is important to ensure that the whole
community realises the importance of maintaining a school within the village
both for the education of local children and for the life of the village as a
whole. A keen walker and gardener, Greg enjoys his plot at the village
Darren Murphy was elected as a parent governor in January 2019. Born and raised in Chard, Darren moved to the village in 2016. He has 3 daughters, 2 of which currently attend Combe School. Both girls currently at the school started off in the school's Pre-school, Tadpoles. Darren's 3rd daughter will be set to join the ranks in the next few years! Darren currently works as a Chartered Reliability Engineer in railway, aerospace and defence sectors of the UK, having both military security clearance and 20 years experience. He is a strong supporter and advocate of how both the outdoors and nature play their part in both learning and children's lives. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects are also a big passion of his, especially involving boys and girls at an early age. Darren's hobbies include ultra running, triathlons, the local community, and learning.
Claire Pearce was elected as a parent governor in January 2019. Having grown up in the parish of Combe St Nicholas, Claire resigned as head gardener in Wiltshire and, with her family, moved back to help on the family farm just in time for her oldest child to start in reception at Combe School. She now runs her own Plant Nursery business with 2 children at Holyrood Academy and 1 at Combe School. Claire also writes a gardening page in the bi-monthly Coverleaf Magazine and is a member of the church flower arranging team. Claire feels that she and her children have gained so much from such a supportive school and community that she is glad to have the opportunity to give her input and time to the school in her role as Parent Governor.
Sarah Crook lives in Broadway and became a Foundation Governor in 2020. She has two grandchildren who attend the school. She spent thirty years teaching, mainly in the Early Years setting. Since then she has managed a Tourist Information Centre, worked in an Art Gallery and been a medical receptionist. She is still working part time as an administrator. She is a committed
member of Broadway Church and works actively for the PCC. Her main interests apart from the family, are walking, reading, gardening and arts and crafts. She belongs to the Embroiderers Guild and hopes that her experience and enthusiasm for the arts in general will be useful to the school.