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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 Literacy 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.


Mr Tom Woodhams (Community Governor)

I have lived in North Curry since 2005. I have two children who both attend the village 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 5. 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 sit on the Business Committee and 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 and sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee (Chair) and the Business Committee.

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 currently work part time for Somerset School Centred Initial Teacher Training(SCITT, working with trainee teachers whilst they are on school placements. I moderate 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.


Mrs Gillian Cooke (Associate Governor)

I have worked at this school since 2003, mainly supporting our SEN and vulnerable children. I have only recently joined the governors, now that both of my children are away at university. I believe passionately that all children deserve the very best education and feel privileged to work in a school with colleagues who share that belief and enthusiasm.


Mr John Abbott (Parent Governor)

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.