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 during the school day. They receive reports from the Head 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.

Steve Briggs - Vice Chair and Co-opted Governor
Responsibilities: Key Stage 1 and SFVS

Steve, with his wife Julia and their young family arrived in Crewkerne in 1987 and both boys attended St Barts between 1987 and 1994. Steve was previously appointed as a St Barts school governor in 1989 and as Chair in 1992 and 1993 he worked closely with headteacher, staff, FSA and governing body in the planning, design and development of the new school on the Kithill site. A further close connection with the school came through his wife, Julia, teaching at the school for 10 years up until 2005. Steve recently retired from a career in town planning and development, working in both the public and private sector. This included local authority planning with City of Birmingham, South Somerset and finally with Torridge District Council as Head of Planning, Development and Community Services. Steve also worked with the Science Museum on a major development project between 2003 and 2007 and concluded his career as partner (Smiths Gore) and director (Savills) as head of their planning consultancy in the south west of England.​

Gemma Coward - Headteacher

Gemma is proud to be the Headteacher of St Bartholomew’s Church of England First School. She took up the role of substantive Headteacher in January 2018 after being Acting Headteacher from April 2017. Gemma began her teaching career in 2001 and quickly progressed to become an Advanced Skills Teacher in 2004. Moving to Somerset in 2005, she worked as a Senior Teacher and became a EYFS and KS1 moderator for Somerset Local Education Authority. After two years of working for the Local Authority as an AfL (Assessment For Learning) consultant, Gemma took up the Deputy Headship at St Bart’s. 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.

Tsonka Hristova - LA Governor
Responsibilities : EYFS & Health & Safety

Having graduated in Electronics and Microelectronics from the Technical University in Sofia (Bulgaria), Tsonka moved to the UK after working in Russia and the FSU as a technical interpreter. After briefly travelling in and out of London, as part of an international mining company, she settled in the South West and gained employment with a local precision engineering company. Taking a career break to stay with her two children was the obvious step, so once they began primary school she was able to commit to a public sector project position within the UKHO, the world-leading centre for hydrography, specialising in marine geospatial data. Prior to her appointment as a Quality Engineer at MANN+HUMMEL UK, she held the positions of a Standard Panels Engineer with a switchgear manufacturer and a freelance engineer. In her spare-time she offered her linguistics skills to a government appointed company to assist EU migrant families struggling to adapt with cultural and linguistic barriers. She hopes to bring to St Bartholomew’s her professional skills into practice; including monitoring and challenging acquired through quality assurance and standards’ application. Also, as one of many who have made England their home, she wishes her experience from years establishing here can benefit St Bartholomew’s families who have moved to the UK.

Lucy Ramwell - Staff Governor
Responsibilities : Visits & Training

Lucy joined the school as a teacher in 2015. She currently leads science, foundation subjects, nurture and ELSA in school. Lucy has a degree in Geography and loves to explore. She is very proud of St Bartholomew’s and looks forward to contributing in its continued successes. In her spare time, Lucy loves going to the beach and paddle boarding with her family.

Rachael Howe - Parent Governor
Responsibilities : Key Stage 2 & SEND

Rachael moved to Crewkerne in 2005 with her husband Craig, a local tree surgeon. She studied Geography at the University of Exeter whilst working in a number of local primary schools teaching French. She began working as a Teaching Assistant at Buckler’s Mead Academy in 2007 and now works as the Careers Advisor and Work Experience Coordinator there. Outside of work, Rachael enjoys bike rides, climbing and walks in the countryside with her family, quizzes, spending time at the beach and getting stuck into a good book. Rachael has two girls, both at St Bartholomew’s school.  She is looking forward to working as a governor and using her experience in education to be able to support the school to grow.

Emma Harwood - Parent Governor
Responsibilities : Safeguarding & Online Safety

Emma has lived in Crewkerne all of her life and has good knowledge and links with the local community. She lives with her husband and three young children, two of which are pupils of St Bartholomew’s C of E First School. Since 1999, Emma has performed various roles within practising solicitor firms from administrative tasks, which include handling sensitive information in human resources to organising and developing new systems to enable the smooth operation of a busy working office. From 2000 -2007, she undertook the role of legal assistant in a team leader capacity, dealing with the legal aspects in property transactions first hand. In 2007, she trained as a systems developer and was responsible for coding and developing a solicitors’ legal case management system, implementing new systems in accordance with legal compliance regulations. Emma has a passion for literature and enjoys reading in her spare time as well as walking and spending time with her family. Emma is proud of St Bartholomew’s and looks forward to contribute in its continued success.

Sonia Yorke - Clerk

Sonia joined the school as Business Manager in 2011 and has also served as clerk to governors on the Crewkerne and Misterton Federation. Following defederation she rejoined the Governing Body and is the first port of call for information! Sonia is a determined netballer in her spare time.​

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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.