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West Coker CofE VC Primary School

'All Life's Strands Entwined'


Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


The Governing Body


Mr Richard Culham: Ex-officio (Interim Headteacher)

Rev. Colin Simpson: Ex-officio (Foundation) from 1.6.2016 - Chair of Governors

Mr Philip Hyland:  Staff Governor from 01.09.2019

​Mrs Lotty Boersma:  Foundation Governor from 07.05.2019 

Mr Alan Miller:  Co-opted Governor from 30.11.2018

Mr Ross Aitken: Co-opted Governor from 02.10.2019

Mrs Amanda Eales:  Co-opted Governor from 02.10.2019

Mr Nick White: Parent Governor from 20.09.2019 - Vice Chair of Governors, Numeracy Link

Miss Katie Snook:  Parent Governor from 20.09.2019 - Safeguarding and SEN Governor



Vacancy: 1 x LA Governor

Vacancy: 1 x Co-opted Governor

The purpose of the Governing Body


The purpose of the Governing Body is to help the school provide the best possible education for the pupils. It is accountable to those who established and currently fund the school and also the parents.


The Governing Body is a corporate entity and acts at all times in accordance with the requirements laid down by Acts of Parliament, statutory regulations and the school's instrument and articles of government.
All Governors are either elected or appointed.  Eleven Governors serve on the Governing Body of the school:
2 Ex-officio Governors (Headteacher; Minister of the Parish)
2 Parent Governors (Elected by parents of registered pupils at the school)
1 Staff Governor (Elected by staff at the school)
1 LEA Governors (Elected by the Local Authority)
1 Foundation Governor (Elected by St Martin of Tours Church and the Diocese of Bath and Wells)
4 Community Governors (Co-opted by Governing Body)
With the exception of Ex-officio Governors, all Governors serve a four-year term of office.
The Governing Body has a Clerk to Governors who provides administrative and organisational support.
Associate Governors: Governing bodies can benefit from the expertise and experience of people outside their formal governor membership by appointing associate members to serve on one or more committees or to attend meetings of the full governor body.


The duties of the Governing Body are extensive, these primarily include:


  • to help establish the aims and policies of the school
  • to decide the conduct of the school
  • to help draw up (with the Headteacher and staff) the School Improvement Plan
  • to help decide how the school's budget is spent and monitor expenditure
  • to ensure that the National Curriculum and religious education are taught
  • to investigate formal complaints
  • to approve the School Prospectus
  • to select the Headteacher
  • to appoint, promote, support and discipline other staff
  • to act as a link between the local community and the school
  • to draw up an Action Plan following an OFSTED inspection and monitor how the plan is being put into practice.


Governing Body Working Parties


The Governing Body has three committees:


  • Finance and Administration
  • Curriculum
  • SEN, Safeguarding and H&S


These meet on a regular basis. In addition, the full Governing Body meets at least twice termly to conduct the business of the school.