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The Moorland Federation

Growing together; learning for life.


The Moorland Federation is a supportive network of five schools in: Dunster, Timberscombe, Cutcombe, Porlock, and Exford. The Federation was formed to ensure the high quality of education in each of the First Schools is sustained through an exciting and forward thinking group of governors and Head teachers working with dedicated and highly trained staff.  We are a group of rural schools who are innovative and forward thinking in our approach to school development, proud of our local heritage and stunning landscape, who are all dedicated to improving the life chances of every child.  The Head teachers, and all staff, work highly cohesively, sharing good practice and workload to deliver the very best quality of education to our amazing pupils.


We also undertake school to school support, share CPD opportunities and fully engage with the Opportunity Area activities.  Naomi Philp, LLE, Head teacher of Dunster First School and Timberscombe CoE First School, leads on the professional development strand for the whole of West Somerset as part of the Priority 2 group.  This involves working with the LA and the Teaching Partnership School on SEND strategy and training, Working with SCILL, SCITT, BCAT, Exeter University, The Research School, EEF and Teach First delivering teacher and staff training in a variety of areas.  If schools are interested in training and development opportunities they are more than welcome to get in touch to discuss their needs.  


For information: The clerk to the governors is: Richard Rosslyn. The Chair of Governors is: Chris Richards.



Governors Book Scrutiny

Moorland Board of Governors

Name Type Term of Office Date Stepped Down Business Interests Relationship with Staff/Governors Responsible for:

Prior Year Attendance BoG


Prior Year Attendance Committee


Alison Appleyard Headteacher 01.09.19-         100 N/A
Rosemary Boaz Co-opted 23.09.20-22.09.24         N/A N/A
Ann Gibbs Ex-Officio  30.11.17-29.11.21       Safeguarding 88 N/A
Catherine Hayden Parent Governor 10.05.19-09.05.23       Communications 100 N/A
Paul James Staff Governor 08.11.19-07.11.23         100 N/A
Helen Jenkinson Co-opted 04.09.17-03.09.21         77 N/A
Pete Mounstephen Sub Ex Officio



      GDPR 88 N/A
Frances Nicholson LA 25.05.20-24.05.24       SEND 88 N/A
Alison Oakley Acting Headteacher 01.09.20-         100 N/A
Andrew Pearce Sub Ex Officio 25.08.20-27.08.24   Lloyds Banking Group Employee     100 N/A
Naomi Philp Headteacher 04.09.17-         100 N/A
Chris Richards Ex Officio & Chair 04.09.17-03.09.21         100 N/A
Jill Schofield Foundation 15.01.21-14.01.25         N/A N/A
Dan Stone Parent Governor 10.05.19-09.05.23  

Related to member of staff

at Exford and

at Cutcombe

    77 N/A
Richard Rosslyn Clerk              

Previous Governors (last twelve months)

Name Date of Appointment Date Stepped Down Type
Chris Blazey  04.09.2017 31.08.20   Headteacher