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Minehead First School Making sure school matters to every child


Chair of Governors: Tony Jones

Vice Chair of Governors: Simon Hawley

Clerk to Governors: Elaine Harris


On behalf of the Governing Body, welcome to Minehead First School– a school we are all very proud of!


Governors are a group of committed people across our community working to support Minehead First School to ensure that every child feels happy, safe and secure and receives the best education possible.


The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • · set the aims and objectives for the school
  • · set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • · set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • · ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • · monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • · hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils


The head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.


Our Governors are people who have an interest in our children’s future and a desire to make a difference. They give time, energy & enthusiasm. Together the governors work as a team and are happy to ask questions, listen & learn. We have high aspirations for all of our children and strive for our school to be outstanding in all that we do.


Governors work through meetings and visits to the school. Governors also measure the impact of school/Governor decisions and constructively challenge school leaders to ensure we best meet the needs of all of our children. We also receive information and advice to help us in our role.


It is expected that every non-staff governor will fulfil a link governor role with the aim of making effective links with key school leaders and their staff to ensure that governors can successfully challenge and support the school.


From time to time we have vacancies on our Governing Body. If you feel you have what it takes to be part of our team working to achieve the best for our children we would be pleased to hear from you.


If you need any further information or wish to raise any issues please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.


Best Wishes


Deborah Shelley

Chair of Governors


Name of Governor​ Type of Governor​ ​Date of Reappointment & Term of office 
​Mr Keith Mansell ​Headteacher 20/10/2016 - 20/10/2020  
​Mrs ​Debbie Shelley Chair 20/10/2016 - 20/10/2020 ​​​
Mr ​Paul Lamb​ ​LEA 20/10/2016 - 20/10/2020 ​​


Miss ​Julie Oliver ​Elected Staff 20/10/2016 - 20/10/2020  
Mrs ​Emma Cobb ​WSAT Board Appointed  ​20/10/2016 - 20/10/2020 ​​
Mr ​Steven Plenty WSAT Board Appointed  ​20/10/2016 - 20/10/2020     
​Mr Anthony Jones ​WSAT Board Appointed  ​20/10/2016 - 20/10/2020    
​Mrs Julie Costello Resigned ​20/10/2016 - 23/01/2018    
​Mrs Elaine Harris ​Clerk 01/07/2018 - 01/07/2022    
​​Mr Simon Hawley ​​WSAT Board Appointed  ​​20/10/2016 - 20/10/2020 ​​  
​Mrs Samia Sanders ​Elected Parent ​20/10/2016 - 20/10/2020  

Minehead First School Link Governors 2016-2017


Governor ​Area of Responsiblilty
Paul Lamb​ ​Literacy
Samia Sanders ​SEN & CLA
Julie Oliver​ ​Health & Safety
Emma Cobb​ Nursery
Stephen Plenty​

Pupil Premium & Maths

​Anthony Jones

Safeguarding, Prevent, Rights Respecting, Liaison Between MFS and MMS

​​Simon Hawley ​ICT


Governor Attendance 2016-2017

Keith Mansell
Debbie Shelley
Emma Cobb
Julie Oliver
Stephen Plenty
Julie Costello
Tony Jones
Paul Lamb
Simon Hawley
​Samia Sanders

Minehead First School Local Governing Board Strategic Objectives 2017-2018

Register of Business Interests for Governors at Minehead First School 2016-17