Who are the
Combe St Nicholas C of E School Governors!
Mike became a Governor in 2013. He hears children in Year 1 read twice a week. He was an army officer for the whole of his working life; he trained troops in the UK and Iran, and during the last 15 years he specialised in career development of officers and soldiers. He has two grown-up children and his two grandchildren spent a term in the school while waiting to join their mother in Nepal. His main interests are history, particularly World War 1, and his three border collies.
Greg Hoare (Chair of Governors)
Greg became Chair of Governors in 2016 and both grandchildren attended the school. He is retired after 45 years of working, initially as a marine engineer and more recently as an inspector for a large insurance company. He became a member of the governing body in 2010, initially as the clergy representative and is now a co-opted governor. He is a member of the Ethos Committee and worked with staff and others in preparation for the 2019 SIAMS inspection which resulted in the school gaining an excellent rating. He is also a member of the Human Resources and Physical Resources/Finance Committees. Greg is a strong supporter of the links between the school and the local community. He believes that at a time of constant change within education, it is important to ensure that the whole community realises the importance of maintaining a school within the village both for the education of local children and for the life of the village as a whole. A keen walker and gardener, Greg enjoys his plot at the village allotments.
Claire was elected as a parent governor in January 2019. Having grown up in the parish of Combe St Nicholas, Claire resigned as head gardener in Wiltshire and, with her family, moved back to help on the family farm just in time for her oldest child to start in reception at Combe School. She now runs her own Plant Nursery business with 2 children at Holyrood Academy and 1 at Combe School. Claire also writes a gardening page in the bi-monthly Coverleaf Magazine and is a member of the church flower arranging team. Claire feels that she and her children have gained so much from such a supportive school and community that she is glad to have the opportunity to give her input and time to the school in her role as Parent Governor.
Sarah lives in Broadway and became a Foundation Governor in 2020. She has two grandchildren who attend the school. She spent thirty years teaching, mainly in the Early Years setting. Since then she has managed a Tourist Information Centre, worked in an Art Gallery and been a medical receptionist. She is still working part time as an administrator. She is a committed member of Broadway Church and works actively for the PCC. Her main interests apart from the family, are walking, reading, gardening and arts and crafts. She belongs to the Embroiderers Guild and hopes that her experience and enthusiasm for the arts in general will be useful to the school.
I have attended various online tuitions to help me learn this new role as School Governor.
I have been a District Councillor for twenty years and have represented Blackdown Ward which includes Combe St Nicholas for about eight years.
I hope to bring my knowledge of local government and funding to assist our School continue to flourish.