In April 2015, the school left the Crewkerne and Misterton federation and reconstituted its own smaller, more focused governing body. Under this constitution it was agreed that the school’s governing body should be made up of the following representatives:

  • One governor appointed by Somerset Local Authority
  • Two parent governors
  • One staff governor
  • Two foundation governors appointed by the diocese
  • Two co-opted governors
  • One headteacher

The governors meet at least twice every term usually in the early evening. They receive reports from the Headteacher and Subject Leaders concerning relevant school matters and discuss various topics relating to the efficient running of the School.

Cheryl Govier - Chair and Foundation Governor
Responsibilities: Christian Distinctiveness and RE

Cheryl became the Chair of Governors in September 2018. She has a heart for education and helping children discover their gifts and talents, enabling them to live life in all its fullness. Cheryl joined the Education Department at the Diocese of Bath and Wells in September 2017. She is a Youth & Children’s Adviser, working with churches, local communities and schools, supporting, resourcing and helping them in sharing the Christian story. Cheryl started out as a secondary PE Teacher in 2008, but shortly after took a different direction and started working for the Church of England. Cheryl has been in parish based roles across the Diocese, working first as a children’s, schools and families worker in the Taunton area, before becoming the Chaplain at Wadham School and the Schools and Families Work leader for St Bartholo​mew’s Church, Crewkerne, in September 2016. Outside of work, Cheryl is a keen sportsperson, playing hockey and running. She loves living in the countryside and enjoying the beautiful places we have all around us in the South West.

Stephen Gray - Vice Chair, Foundation Governor
Governor Responsibilities : SEND & Pupil Premium
Revd Stephen Gray moved to Crewkerne with this family in 1999 and has been the Minister at Crewkerne Community Church ever since. A husband, father & grandfather, Stephen has seen his family journey through the local schools in Crewkerne. He has previously served as a governor at another local school for 12 years. Other community involvement included a time as Chaplain to the Royal British Legion and he is also the founder of Be A Good Neighbour which is Crewkerne’s local food bank.
To get some ”down time” Stephen follows Ulster Rugby but you might also see him occasionally watching Yeovil Town FC or down the Gym at Crewkerne Aqua Centre.
Melissa Diment - Parent Governor
Governor Responsibilities : Website Compliance, Health & Safety
Melissa joined as a parent governor in May 2023. Having lived in Crewkerne since 2011, she works for a local accountancy firm and is currently progressing her career in tax.
As a parent of two children, Melissa is proud to have joined the board of governors for the school and is keen to provide additional input and support for the fellow governors and staff, now and in the future.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends both locally and further afield.
Elizabeth Fox - Local Authority Governor
Governor Responsibilities : Safeguarding & Attendance

Elizabeth joined the Governing Body in September 2023 after moving to the area in March 2022. She feels privileged and proud to have the opportunity to be part of the school community and contribute to its success.  Previously a Humanities teacher and Head of Sixth Form in Hertfordshire, Elizabeth now works for Somerset Council supporting vulnerable young people to access and achieve in education. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with friends and family. She also enjoys walking her dogs.

Gemma Coward - Headteacher

Gemma is proud to be the Headteacher of St Bartholomew’s Church of England Primary School. She took up the role of substantive Headteacher in January 2018. Gemma began her teaching career in 2001. She has enjoyed a range of roles both teaching and supporting teachers through the roles of Senior Teacher, EYFS and KS1 moderator for Somerset Local Education Authority, an AfL (Assessment For Learning) consultant and Deputy Headship. Gemma lives in Yeovil with her husband and young son. In her spare time, she is keen on yoga and pilates. At weekends, she enjoys being with her family in the peace of local nature reserves and walking in the countryside.

Tammy Court - Staff Governor
Responsibilities : SEND

Tammy took up the role of staff governor in 2021. She started her career in teaching as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and was so passionate about education that she trained to become a teacher. Tammy started at St Bartholomew’s as an NQT in 2017. In 2018 her passion for curriculum started to flourish as she took on the role of Computing and Online Safety lead and has led St Bartholomew’s to 360 Online Safe reaccreditation twice. Tammy is committed to continuing professional development and is currently completing a National Professional Qualification in Literacy. She is member of the school leadership team, a Deputy DSL and KS2 English Leader.

Emma Harwood - Clerk

Emma has been part of the administration team at St Bartholomew’s for a little over two years.  Emma has previously been part of the board of governors as a parent governor.

Emma enjoys reading and exploring the local countryside with her family in her spare time.

Governor Information
Governor Minutes
Governor Value Cups

At the end of every term children are awarded one of the seven Governor Value cups, each representing one our Christian values, respect, compassion, trust, forgiveness, aspiration, hope and courage.

The Governors are proud to be able to reward the children for embodying our Christian values in everyday school life.