Bruton Primary School

Part of the East Somerset Federation which includes Ditcheat Primary School and Upton Noble C of E VC Primary School


Welcome to our Governors’ section. Please find below details of how the Governing body for the East Somerset Federation (Bruton and Upton Noble primary schools) is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor. 



Meet the East Somerset Federation Governors 

Currently there are 11 members of the Governing Body, representing the Local Authority, local community, parents and staff. We are all volunteers, and we all have the same aims and ambitions for the schools. We are interested in children, their education and their development.  The Full Governing Body meets 6 times a year, with sub-committees in and Business & Finance and Pay meeting 3 times a year, Pay and Appraisal meeting 2 times a year and Ethos meeting a minimum of twice a year.


We recognise that there are three important core roles to our contribution at both Bruton Primary School and Upton Noble Church of England Primary School.


  • The first is strategic. It is our responsibility to agree policies and to monitor their impact.
  • The second is to be a ‘critical friend’. It is important that we ask relevant but probing questions. We examine the performance of the children in the school, and we give praise where it is good and seek ways of making improvements when expectations are not achieved.
  • Thirdly, we must ensure accountability. For instance, if we delegate a task to a committee or working party, the terms of reference for the group must be clearly set. We must evaluate ourselves and the actions we take.


Introducing the members of the Governing Body (2020/21 school year):



Susan Simpson (Chair)

Having spent over 10 years in Further Education in both teaching and management roles, and as an employer for 25 years, I have seen first-hand what can happen to a person's life when they miss out on a great primary education.  I am, therefore, totally committed to ensuring that our children do not suffer that fate. 

I have a degree in Accounting & Economics, a wide experience of successfully dealing with Ofsted and other inspection bodies along with County Councils, funding bodies, auditors and banks. 

I help my partner run a local, longstanding family business and currently have 1 child in school.


Rachael Bisset

Executive Headteacher of the East Somerset Federation from 1 September 2019.


Will Tuke

Governor since April 2020.


Emma-Louise House

Emma-Louise is the Head of Schools and was co-opted to the Governing Body in June 2020. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the Governing Body.


Brian Lippitt

Originally from Wales Brian is now retired after working in a wide range of educational contexts in the Midlands and the South East. His experience includes Prep, Public School and State school teaching, leadership of a non- selective school and a Technology College. In later years he has become involved in Academy special school establishment / development, local authority leadership support and school inspection. His interests are varied and include both sport, particularly rugby, and the arts. Education has been a life long passion and he is hoping that his experience will help him support our schools effectively. 


Helen Drever

Helen is the vicar of the Alham Vale Benefice, a group of five rural parishes including Upton Noble. She has a degree in Fine Art and a Masters in Christian Spirituality. Her interests include art and theology, painting, knitting socks, making peg dolls and drinking tea.


Emily Jacabs (Clerk)

Clerk to the Governing Body of the East Somerset Federation.  As first point of contact for the governors, please get in touch at


No.NameCategoryTerm of OfficeResponsibilities



3Rachael BissetExec Head 01/09/19

Business & Finance Committee

Pay & Appraisal Committee

Ethos Committee

4Joanne CrookCo-opted31/03/22 
5Emma-Louise HouseCo-opted22/06/20 - 21/06/24

Business & Finance Committee

Ethos Committee

Sports Grant

6VACANCYElected Staff 


7Will TukeCo-opted17/04/20 - 16/04/24

Business & Finance Committee


8Paul SeniorParent31/03/22 




10Kate RoweCo-opted31/03/22


12Janet JamesCo-opted31/03/22 
13Helen DreverFoundation, ex-officio22/02/21 
14Susan SimpsonCo-opted11/02/19-10/02/23


Business & Finance Committee

Pay & Appraisal Committee

Ethos Committee

Wider curriculum: PSHE, RE, Christian character & ethos, e-safety

15Brian Lippitt

Local Authority

14/07/20 - 13/07/24

Pay & Appraisal Committee


Pupil Premium

Pupil Wellbeing

 Karen CookCo-opteduntil 30/03/22 
 Christopher CollierPartnershipuntil 30/03/22 
 Jemima NewmanStaffuntil 30/03/22 
 Victoria ChristophersFoundation DBEuntil 30/03/22