Bruton Primary School

Bruton Primary School

Meet the Governors

East Somerset Federation Governors 

What we do:

Currently there are 14 members of the Governing Body, representing the Local Authority, local community, parents and staff. We are all volunteers, and we all have the same aims and ambitions for the school. We are interested in children, their education and their development.  The Full Governing Body meet 4 times a year, with sub-committees Education and Business & Finance meeting 3 times a year each.

We recognise that there are three important core roles to our contribution at both Bruton Primary School and Upton Noble Church of England Primary School.

The first is strategic. It is our responsibility to agree policies and to monitor their impact.

The second is to be a ‘critical friend’. It is important that we ask relevant but probing questions. We examine the performance of the children in the school, and we give praise where it is good and seek ways of making improvements when expectations are not achieved.

Thirdly, we must ensure accountability. For instance, if we delegate a task to a committee or working party, the terms of reference for the group must be clearly set. We must evaluate ourselves and the actions we take.

If you want to contact any member of the Governing Body please do so through the school office.

Introducing the members of the Governing Body:

Phil Butler (Chair)

Phil has been a Governor on the body since it first federated in April 2013. Before that Phil was a Governor for Bruton Primary School. Phil is a business leader in Bruton and took over as Chair in September 2016.

Adela Crichton

I live in Bruton and have one child at Upton Noble Primary School.   I first became a Parent Governor at Upton Noble in 2011, taking on the role of Vice Chair of the new federated governing body in April 2013.  I have found being a Governor to be a great way of being more closely involved in my children’s education and I enjoy being able to contribute something to their school, and more recently to Bruton Primary School.

Professionally I have worked in Human Resources for over 15 years, most recently as HR Manager for a local secondary school.  I have found this experience to be invaluable in enabling me to contribute to HR and policy matters and in fulfilling the role of Governor with responsibility for overseeing Personnel and Finance.

Chris Colliers

Chris works at Bath Spa University where he is a lecturer in the School of Education. He is involved in teaching across the undergraduate Education Studies course and the postgraduate initial teacher education programme. Before joining the University, he taught in a primary school on the Isle of Wight and prior to that he worked as an environmental geologist. He became a governor for the East Somerset Federation when it was formed in 2013 and is a member of the Federation’s Education Committee. He hopes his experience of education, both policy and practice, is of value to the Federation.

Reverend Rosey Lunn

 I have lived in Evercreech for 5 years, as Priest in charge of the Alham Vale Benefice, and have responsibility for 6 churches, including Upton Noble. I enjoy the company of children, having a daughter and son of my own, and having taught in secondary schools for about 20 years before I was ordained.

This is a great part of the world to grow up in, and it produces some wonderfully lively, gifted and responsive children. Visits to school for collective worship are never dull! My husband Tim, a retired Primary school headteacher, looks after school visits at Stourhead, and enjoys helping children to build dens and appreciate the natural world there.

Nikki Pell

I became a co-opted governor in September 2013.  My role involves being part of the Education committee. 

I became a governor as I wanted to support the school that my children attend.  I feel it is a great privilege to be a governor and it has given me an insight into just how complex running a school is.

I am Chartered Management Accountant qualified, which I feel will help in decision making and planning.

Ralph Wright

Ralph Wright is a retired Deputy Headteacher at King Arthur's Community School. He has been a teacher since 1980, trained at Bristol University to teach English and History and has been a Governor in other schools. He says, ' teaching is a vocation that enables young people to grow and become responsible citizens who contribute to the world in a positive way. Governing well, enables teachers to ensure that young people have this opportunity.'

He has two daughters who attended local primary and secondary schools. In his spare time he walks (steadily), reads (avidly) and cycles (slowly).

Rhiannon Tidby

I am the Executive Headteacher of the East Somerset Federation

Margaret Pritchard


Jemima Newman


Karen Cook

Karen has a very busy family life, she has three daughters, the youngest is in KS2 at Upton Noble and the elder two are continuing their journey in further education.

Karen lives in South Brewham and for over 10 years has played an active roll on the Village Hall Committee. Her kind and friendly attitude and experiences as a mother have all helped to organise many fantastic events in Brewham.

Working in Bruton, Karen loves meeting people and as a Governor looks forward to both schools in the federation work together in making them great places of learning for all the children of the community.

Hannah Sida

Hi I'm Hannah and I've lived in Bruton for ten years now with my three children. My eldest is now at Sexeys but the other two and my stepdaughter all attend Bruton Primary.

I came to Bruton because it offered an opportunity for my children to grow up in a community as well as being such a beautiful place of course! The school has been the centre of everything they do and I have never regretted my decision to send them there.

My own passions lie in the arts, the environment and social equality. Before moving to Bruton I worked as a Community Artist in London, bringing people from different ethnic groups together to get to know each other and be creative. 

If I could change one thing for children today it would be to help them to visualise themselves in a professional job regardless of their background. 

I'm a keen cook and would like children to learn more about growing and cooking real local food. I am also on the Town Council.

Mary La Trobe-Bateman OBE

I have lived in Batcombe for 40 years and have three children who went to Upton Noble primary School; I’m impressed by the wide variety of careers they and their contemporaries have achieved.

I have always valued the start to their education and am a co-opted governor so that I can help to maintain excellence in both schools.

My nine grandchildren go to three very different primary schools – an all Welsh speaking in N Wales, a rural village school in Wiltshire and a private school in central London.  This gives me a chance to see how our two schools compare.

I now work part-time curating exhibitions, having run Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery in London after my own gallery in Batcombe.

Helen Gadsden (Clerk)
Laura Larcombe

Mary La Trobe-Bateman



East Somerset Federation Governing Body Meeting Attendance Record 2015/16

Name Full Governing Body Education Committee

Business and Finance


Mary Bateman 4/4   3/3
Phillip Butler 4/4   3/3
Christopher Collier 2/4 0/3  
Karen Cook 4/4 3/3  
Adela Crichton 4/4   3/3

Duncan Forbes

(resigned Sept 2016)

4/4 1/3  
Liza Greaves 4/4 3/3  

Natalie King

(resigned Oct 2015)

Laura Larcombe 4/4 3/3  
Rosemary Lunn 3/4 2/3  
Nicola Pell 4/4 2/3  
Margaret Pritchard 4/4 1/3  
Mark Solomon 4/4 3/3 3/3
Ralph Wright 4/4    3/3