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.
Katharine Stonex (Vice-Chair of Governors) became Vice Chair once again in 2016 and has been a governor for 5 years. She sits on the Physical Resources and Human Resources Committees. Her working life was spent as a graphic designer in advertising and marketing for large retail companies. Since retirement she has been a generalist adviser with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. Married with two daughters she lives in Wadeford. Katharine believes that the importance of a good education cannot be underestimated and that the role of a primary school is to provide the best foundation for life.
Gerry Kent lives in Wadeford with his wife and has been a member of the Governing Body for several years. He has 3 children and 5 grandchildren living in Bristol and London. He came to Somerset after retiring from full-time teaching as a senior lecturer in Cheltenham where he taught Electronics and Programming to FE and HE students. He still carried on as a part-time lecturer teaching these subjects at SCAT and Yeovil for another 6 years, before finally retiring and moving to Wadeford. His teaching posts have included army, industry, FE and HE colleges. He is hoping his experience of industry and teaching in general will be something he can bring to the school, and increase the children's preception of what education and learning is all about and what that can lead to.
Greg Hoare (Chair of Governors) became Chair of Governors in 2016 and now has only one grandchild attending 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 2014 Siams inspection which resulted in the school gaining an outstanding 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 allotments.
Dr Peter Avery is a retired Principal of Richard Huish College in Taunton after almost 16 years in post. Prior to this he was at Priestley College, Warrington, for 6 years, latterly as Vice Principal and Deputy Chief Executive, and before this teaching Biology at Marple Ridge High School which, following a reorganisation of secondary provision in Stockport, became The Ridge Sixth Form College. When Peter joined Richard Huish in 1997, he quickly established a new senior team in order to provide the college with the clear direction it needed.
By the time of the Ofsted inspection in 1998 the college was rated ‘outstanding’ for support to students and ‘good’ in all other areas.
The drive to improve standards of teaching, learning and assessment were accompanied by the development of a student enrichment programme and the creation of the Huish Business School to enable the college’ to become more valuable to the community and to generate a financial surplus for capital reinvestment.
The 2003 Ofsted inspection rated the college ‘outstanding’ in all areas and the 2007 inspection awarded the highest grade in all areas. In the first phase of Peter's retirement, he worked for an interim management/consultancy agency and was a Director of several charities. He reduced such involvements over time; his membership of the Governing Body of the school is his only such undertaking. He is a keen gardener and allotment grower; Peter discovered Bowls in 2014 and plays short-mat, long-mat and lawn bowls as often as possible! He also finds time to enjoy some of the interests he shares with his wife, Kay, including photography, reading, cinema and theatre, walking and travel.
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.