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Mrs Jo Boughen-Hunt - Chair of Governors and is the Co-opted Governor

My name is Joanna Boughen-Hunt and I am the very proud Chair of Governors at St Benedicts.  I am now in my third year as Chair of Governors having sat on the board for over 3 years previously as the Chair of the Finance & Premises and Curriculum Committees and Vice Chair of the board.

 I moved to Somerset 24 years ago, I live in Glastonbury with my husband and our two children who both attended St Benedict’s.  I have worked within the education sector for the last 17 years, I’m currently the Finance Manager at a secondary school bringing my knowledge and experience to the board.

 I enjoy spending my free time with family, walking, exploring and spending time up north when we can.   

 We have a fantastic school and local community, I’m passionate about working together collectively to make a difference for our pupils, striving to give them the best possible opportunities to succeed.

Mr Bill Burrow - Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Staff Pay and Appraisal Committee, Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee and is a Foundation Governor

My name is Bill Burrow. I have been a Foundation Governor at St. Benedict's for 3 years. My family and I moved to this area 8 years ago from the Lake District. My background is Industry, particularly in Factory Management, not in Education, but I have some experience having been an exam invigilator in two local Secondary schools for several years. My 3 children finished their education many years ago, and I am now retired and enjoying the new and different challenge supporting and helping the staff and children in the school. I was delighted to be asked to become Vice-chairperson this year and chair the Board's Finance and Curriculum committees. I hope my experience and enthusiasm can help St Benedict's continue to flourish in the coming years.

Although born in Scotland my main passion in sport is cricket. I played it until my body gave in, and then I have umpired for many years. My wife and I were for many years season ticket holders at Liverpool F.C. but we realised the travel and cost from Somerset was getting too much a couple of years ago.

Mrs Jane Daniels - is a Foundation Governor

My name is Jane Daniels, I am the Business Manager at St Benedict’s and  have been a foundation governor since the September 2020. I have worked in education finance for 30 years having worked as a schools finance advisor at Wiltshire County Council for over 20 years before joining St Benedict’s.  I love my job and am really pleased I can give more to the school as a governor. I was a parent governor at the Primary school my children attended, and I enjoyed being part of their education and giving something back to the school.  In my spare time I enjoy walking my ‘mad’ border collie called Izzy, gardening, baking and spending time with family and friends. I am also a ‘fair weather’ runner ( I don’t like running in the rain, wind and cold!).

Mr Mike Derbidge - is a Foundation Governor

Hello my name is Mike Derbidge.

For a number of years, I have been a Foundation Governor at St Benedict's School also the Health and Safety Governor.

I am a retired builder and I live in Glastonbury with my wife and all of my family have strong links with St Benedict's of which my youngest still attends the school.

I have a deep love of sport and music and as a volunteer I help with rugby, athletics, bike ability and also play my guitar in Collective Worship.

For over 25 years, I was a national RFU rugby referee travelling all over the world, and also chairman of Wells Harriers Athletics Club.

I work with an extremely dedicated team of Governors, to ensure that the children receive a first class education and that the headteachers and his staff are well-supported.

In my spare time (Ha-ha) I am also the verger at St John's Church

Mrs Zoe Hembury - is an Elected Parent Governor

Hello, I'm Zoe, and I am one of the newest Parent Governors at St Benedicts, having joined the board in November 2020.  My daughter is currently a student at St Benedicts and loves every moment of it.  It is an excellent junior school, and I am now very fortunate in being able to play a part within it!  My career is within the health and social care sector specialising in the support for adults with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism, and I have a keen interest in the transitional stages from education into adulthood, along with safeguarding.

In my free time, I can be found with a paintbrush or trowel in my hand having recently moved to a property requiring some renovations.  My daughter and I also like to go off and explore new places, locally and further afield with our little pooch!  I am an avid learner currently studying with the Open University and when not studying or DIYing, I like to run, play in a local rounders team, and then relax with a good crime drama or two.

Ms Aby Kench - Chair of the Curriculum Committee and is an Elected Parent Governor

Hello! My name is Aby, and I am very excited to be one of the newer members of the St Benedict’s Governor team. I joined the board in Autumn 2021 as a Parent Governor, when my youngest son was in Year 5. I am keen to be an active part of a school that has given all three of my children such a fulfilling, engaging and holistic Primary education.

At work, I am a Maths teacher at a local Secondary school, with a particular interest in supporting disadvantaged students and those with special educational needs to flourish in their Secondary education. I am fortunate to be able to work with the whole school team delivering training and supporting best practice.

At home, life with my three boys is very busy, but we love spending time together, particularly outdoors with walks, runs, camping and wild swimming when possible! Equally though, you can find us at home with the fire lit and catching up with a good series on TV!

For fun, I enjoy reading, gardening, martial arts and keeping fit; my newest hobby is learning the aerial hoop!

Thanks for reading

Ms Amelia Kirby-Sandall- is an Elected Staff Governor

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Mrs Tina Lawford - Clerk to the Governors

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Reverend David MacGeoch - Chair for the Ethos Committee and is the Ex-Officio Governor

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Mr Piers Ranger - Headteacher

My name is Piers Ranger, and I'm the Headteacher of St. Benedict's and a school governor.  Having been a governor for over six years now, I have gained a real insight into the inner workings of the school.  We have a wonderful group of governors who selflessly give their time to improve and challenge our school.  I am passionate about the position our school holds in the community of Glastonbury and work alongside our governors to ensure St. Benedict's prioritises a broad and balanced curriculum and the personal development of our pupils.

I have been in education for over 20 years working at schools in Hampshire, Taiwan and Spain before settling in Somerset.  I love the variety that working in a school offers - no two days are ever the same! I firmly believe that education has the power to shape lives and am very passionate about St. Benedict's being an inclusive environment in which all our pupils genuinely can Dream, Believe and Achieve.

Outside of school, I'm football mad and a keen Arsenal fan; once a week I re-enact the moves of my heroes (in my mind) when I play 5-a-side with friends.  My partner and I live in the foothills of the Quantocks where we enjoy bike rides and dog walks.  I'm also a keen reader, and I am working my way through the American classics.  I love to travel and have visited over 30 countries - my most recent highlight being a trip to Peru and a visit to the jaw-dropping Machu Picchu.  We also enjoy trips away in the UK, with the beautiful beaches of Cornwall top of our list!

Ms Helen Roper - is a Foundation Governor

My name is Helen Roper.  I was born in Glastonbury and have lived here on and off throughout my life, moving back permanently (?) around 20 years ago. Although I didn’t attend St Ben’s, if you check through school photographs you will find my great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces have all attended the school, so I feel a strong tie to the St Ben’s community. 

Education in all its aspects has been central to my working life. I originally trained as a Chemistry teacher and in too many years than I care to mention, I taught in various parts of the UK as well as abroad. I have also worked as an in-service teacher trainer, an education project manager, an education adviser and the executive officer for the Somerset Governors’ Group. My time as a governor at St Ben’s the first time around was instrumental in my applying for the last role. It showed me the importance of governance in helping all children get the best possible education and inspired me to get more involved. I am currently the Lead Governance Professional in a multi-academy trust in another part of the county. 

In my spare time I enjoy walking, watching cricket and volunteering with the local credit union. 

Mrs Sue Wootton - is a Foundation Governor

My name is Sue Wootton and I have been a Governor at St Ben’s since 2015. As a retired SEN teacher, at both Primary and Secondary level, I represent this area on the Governing Board. I have been a Volunteer reader, supporting children on a weekly basis, to enjoy and take pleasure in books.

As part of the Governing Body I have been able to see the opportunities that the children are given especially in every aspect of Art, Music and Drama which are some of my great pleasures and will continue to support the diversity within the school.

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