Bathampton Primary School

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Our Governors

Bathampton Primary Governors

We have a strong team of governors who contribute significantly to the school.


There are various types of Governors on our Local Governing Committee (LGC), drawn from different areas of the community, bringing a wealth of experience.


● Parent Governors: elected by parents and carers of children at the school
● Staff Governors: selected by election from teaching and support staff from the school
● Multi Academy Trust-Appointed Governors: appointed by the Bath & Wells MAT, of which we are a part, to represent the wider community or to provide specific skills


In addition we also have Associate Members who kindly contribute their skills and expertise to benefit the school’s development. Associate Members do not have voting rights.


Our LGC has delegated responsibility from the Bath & Wells MAT Trust Board. The BWMAT Scheme of Delegation sets out what decisions the LGC can take and which decisions are taken by the Trust Board.


Our Full Governing Committee currently meet five times each year and we also have two committees that meet termly and report back to the Full Governing Body: Resources and Pupils.


To find out more about our Governors and their professional backgrounds, please see the information below.

MAT Appointed Governors


Cheryl Cook (Chair of Governors)

Cheryl Cook was initially elected as a parent governor and became a MAT Appointed governor on conversion to the MAT.  She has one child who attends the school and two who have moved on from Bathampton to secondary school. She is Chair to the Governing Body and is also our SEND Lead governor.  Cheryl is a qualified management accountant and programme manager and works as a management consultant on large scale change programmes.


Appointed by foundation/Trust from 13/10/2015 until 22/07/2023.


Naomi Cook

Naomi Cook lives in Bathampton and works in music education publishing, developing resources for use in the classroom, in instrumental lessons and for extra-curricular activities. She enjoys working in partnership with teachers and education consultants, specialists and organisations to support children's learning. She is currently Vice Chair and is a member of the Pupil Committee. 


Appointed by foundation/Trust from 25/02/2021 until 25/02/2025.


Lin King

Lin King is now retired but she worked in all aspects of IT in both the public and private sectors, most recently as a Project Manager. Her son attended Bathampton School. Lin is currently vice-chair of Bathampton Parish Council, where she looks after Planning and Conservation, and has been its representative on Bathampton Primary School governing board since 2009. Lin has been Chair of the Personnel Committee for a number of years and is currently Chair of the Resources Committee.


Appointed by foundation/Trust from 13/10/2015 until 22/07/2023.


Alison Deane

Alison Deane worked as a Systems Analyst and Project Manager before her children were born. Three children have passed through Bathampton Primary School during which time she has helped out in the library, the ICT suite and on school trips; she is also an SMSA at the school.  Alison has chaired the Pupil Support Committee for a number of years and is chair of the Pupil Committee. She is also our Lead governor for Safeguarding and Pupil Premium.


Appointed by foundation/Trust from 13/10/2015 until 11/07/2023.


Fiona Powell

Fiona has one child currently at the school and one who has moved on to secondary from Bathampton and has volunteered as Chair of the school’s Safer Routes to School Group since 2016. Fiona currently works for a local start-up where she is responsible for scaling its operations. Prior to this she worked across food retail and management consulting always with a focus on improving customer experience. Having been elected as parent governor in September 2019, during Covid she was adopted as a MAT Appointed governor for the skill mix she brought. As governor she is a member of the Resources committee and is the Lead Governor for Health and Safety.


Appointed by foundation/Trust from 10/09/2020 until 10/09/2024.


Staff Governors


Nicki Smith

The Headteacher is an ex-officio member of the Full Governing Body. Our Headteacher, Nicki Smith has been in post since September 2021. 


Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher from 01/09/2021.



Louise Cripps

Louise is an experienced educationalist and former head teacher who joined the Governing Body in 2021.


Appointed by foundation/Trust from 2021 until 2025.


Parent Governors


Hebe Alloun

We are delighted that Hebe Alloun has been elected to the post of parent governor. Hebe has one child at the school and one who has moved on from the school. She is a qualified psychotherapist and is also an entrepreneur, founding the UK franchise business Mum Dance.


Elected by parents from 01/09/2021 until 10/09/2025.


Matthew Spurway

We are delighted that Matthew Spurway has been elected to the post of parent governor. Matthew has one child currently at the school. He works as a Test Lead on software solutions for the Emergency Services, with over 21 years of experience working with 999 Call Taking and Radio Communication systems. As a Governor he is a member of the Resources committee and is also our Lead Governor for Admissions. 


Elected by parents from 01/09/2021 until 10/09/2025.


Associate Governors


Daniel Symonds


Clerk to Governors


Our Clerk to Governors is Robert Beesley. He can be contacted with any questions on the Governing Body at:


Pecuniary Interests and Code of Conduct

In September 2021, all governors signed to declare that they had no pecuniary or personal interests.


Meetings and Attendance

Our next LGC meeting is on Thursday 2nd December 2021.

BWMAT Scheme of Delegation