Meet the Governors
Mrs Trish Green (Teacher Governor)
I am a teacher governor and have been since 2000. I am on the Senior Management / Leadership Team and I am the Key Stage 2 Coordinator and Maths Lead. I endeavor to teach Shark Class (Y5/6) to strive to "be the best that they can be" in all aspects of their school lives and to give them lifelong skills. I have taught here since 1999 and feel very lucky to work with such lovely colleagues and children in a very special, ever changing, school and community.
Mrs Chris Durrant (Clerk to the Governors)
I am Christine Durant and have been the Clerk to Governors at North Curry for over 4 years. I have been involved in education for over 20 years at the school where I work. I teach classes, am also G & T, PE and ICT Co-ordinators and Clerk to Governors. I enjoy fitness myself and am committed to promoting health and well-being in young people. I am enthusiastic and committed to my work and will always strive to do my best.
Mr Tom Woodhams (Community Governor)
I have lived in North Curry since 2005. I have two children one of whom attends North Curry school. I am a solicitor who specialises in local authority law, and in particular in business and corporate matters, although I also work with primary and secondary schools. I haven't always been a lawyer though - in the past I worked in further education and hospitality and I was even a ski rep in France for a few years. I'm hoping this wide range of experience will prove useful to the school and I'm looking forward to making a contribution in my role as governor.
Mrs Susan Hooper (Parent Governor)
I have lived in East Lyng and have been a parent at the school for the past twelve years. All three of my children have attended North Curry, with my youngest son still in year 6. I now feel strongly it is my time to give something back to the school and feel very privileged to be able to contribute to this outstanding school. My current job role is as an Associate Lecturer and Internal Verifier for Veterinary Nursing at Bridgwater and Taunton College.
I am both the Safeguarding and Looked After Children Governor.
Mrs Sue Horne (Chair of Governors)
I am the LA Governor and am part way through my second four year term of office as a Governor. Currently I am Chair of Governors.
I became a Governor when I finished full time teaching as I did not want to lose touch with education and working for the benefit of local children.
My background is in education, having worked in different phases and types of school and with different responsibilities. I was a Head teacher in a primary school for twelve years and have worked part time for Somerset School Centred Initial Teacher Training(SCITT) working with trainee teachers whilst they are on school placements. I have moderated the work of the school and the trainees.
My interests are varied – travelling to different parts of the world, family genealogy, caravanning, gardening, reading, aspects of craftwork, and of course, my family and their animals!
I have no pecuniary interests in relation to the school.
John Abbott has been Principal at Richard Huish College since 2013. A sixth form college in Taunton that is widely regarded as one of the most successful sixth form college in the country.
John joined Huish in August 2003 as a Faculty Director for Maths and Sciences. He helped Huish achieve its first ‘outstanding’ Ofsted inspection in November, 2003, and was an inspection lead during the second ‘outstanding’ Ofsted inspection in October, 2007. He was promoted to Assistant Principal in 2009.
Prior to Huish, John worked at Bridgwater College as a Section Leader and South Cheshire College as a Course Manager and Lecturer of Sports Science.
The father-of-two, who is originally from Blackburn, read Sport and Exercise Science at Manchester Metropolitan University and went on to complete a Masters in Sports Psychology and Exercise Physiology. John is a keen sportsman who has had representative honours in both squash and basketball, and he has also worked with athletes as both a coach and sports psychologist.
Mrs Jenny Satchwell (Foundation Governor)
I have lived in North Curry for over fifty years. My children attended the village school on its original site and my career was in education, teaching at Huish and Heathfield. I am the Diocesan Governor at the school and my special interest is the Christian ethos and links with the Church. I am proud to be supporting a happy, vibrant school that always puts the children first.
Rev. Tricia Staple (Ex-Officio Governor)
I am a Church of England vicar with over 10 years experience of school governance. I have been a foundation/ex-officio governor across two (formerly three) C of E VC schools. I trained as a nursery/infant teacher and have worked with children since 1976 in various capacities. I regularly conduct collective worship and work closely with the head teacher.
Mrs Lorraine Bryan-Brown (Foundation Governor)
I am a retired secondary teacher with much experience having held a senior post. I am a member of the PCC of North Curry St Peter and St Paul Church. I have much involvement with the church's wider activities, particularly with encouraging the children in this community to be part of the church life e.g. activity mornings in half term and the involvement of children in PCC community events.