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Who are our Governors?

Ross Minton



I got into teaching because I wanted to make a difference and improve the outcomes for children and this is what working at Churchfield does. Dedication and building effective relationships with children is a must here and the rewards are huge. Our children deserve a superb teaching team! 



Alison Murkin

Foundation Governor

Chair of Governors

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What drew me to Churchfield Church School was hearing the previous headteacher talk about his vision for the school and, most importantly, for the children. There was real commitment to enabling children to achieve their potential, beyond expectations and to experience a rich range of new opportunities, broadening their horizons and future lives. The Christian ethos of the school also appealed to me personally.

Once I had visited, and met the children I was hooked! I joined the governing body in September 2019; with experience of having been chair of governors at another school previously.

My back ground is in teaching in different types of special schools, with pupils ranging from 2 to 19 years old and I have held three headships. I retired from headship in January 2019, and am doing some part time leadership support in a special school currently. In my spare time I am involved in our village church; I enjoy walking my two rescue dogs; and I love to read!

I am enjoying my role as governor at Churchfield and am particularly struck by how engaging and welcoming the children are and so pleased to show what they are learning. Together with committed staff who are working hard to bring the best out of every child, I look forward to seeing what our children can achieve.



Lauren Chance

MAT Appointed Governor


I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2020 where I studied Pharmacology. In September 2020, I started my career as a Civil Servant and have undertaken posts in the Department of Health and Social Care as well as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  

I have a passion for early childhood development, the early years, public health and international development. This has been driven by several family experiences over the years and is the main why I wanted to be a school governor. I am also going to be a Foster Carer for children in Somerset who are transitioning from residential care to long term foster placements.  

I am delighted to be a governor at Churchfield and really look forward to what is next for the school and children.  



Dairin Keating

MAT Appointed Governor

I’m Dairin Keating, a music enthusiast, motorcyclist and rugby union fan with Irish family heritage and passionate about Ireland and Celtic culture. An Electrician and the LGBT+ Network Chair within the NHS, I am keen to encourage diversity and inclusion in every scenario where different beliefs and lives merge. With 2 children of my own, I wanted to get involved as a Governor to give back to local communities, to personally develop as a person but also help others not within the LGBT+ communities to understand how then can become more inclusive, without excluding or changing others.


Ameila Long


Rev Martin Little

Foundation Governor

Hello!  I am Vicar of St John's Church in Highbridge.  Back in 1863, St John's founded the school that later became Churchfield. We’re grateful to God that our partnership continues - both sides benefit hugely from it.  As a Foundation Governor, I am particularly passionate about Churchfield's Christian ethos.  I believe that a living faith in Jesus Christ can make real difference to our lives, and that this invitation is open to all.  At the same time, I want to serve the entire school community, irrespective of belief.  I am also a parent of children in the school, so I see things from many angles!



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Elizabeth Malaiperuman

MAT Appointed Governor



I started my career over 10 years ago pursuing a specialism in human resources, I currently work for a national charity covering the West of England.  Working for a charity has enabled me to develop a strong understanding of managing services on a tight budget, something that is reflected in the role of Governor.

I have lived in Somerset for over 25 years and love the community in Highbridge and surrounding area, we have a lot of great places that I enjoy including Apex Park, the beach, quantocks and mendip hills.  I am keen to make a difference to the local community as a Member of Burnham On Sea Community Church and Girlguiding I engage with many in the local area.

As a Mum of 2 children in nursery and school I love to see the children developing and gaining skills, experience and confidence through quality teaching, spending time in the school has helped me develop a better understanding of education.  I am delighted to have the opportunity to be Governor and look forward to working with the Board and school to ensure it continues to improve.


Roger Keen


Amelia Long


Nicola Cox

Staff Governor 

I joined the Churchfield team in 2017 where I have taught in Years 1, 3, 4/5 and currently Year 5/6. I became teacher Governor in September, I lead PSHE and support the deployment of volunteers in school as well as being a member of the wellbeing committee.  

I found my passion for teaching when I began my career in an inner-city London primary school. I have also been fortunate to teach in a variety of schools across Somerset, and as Head of Early at an international school in Thailand. As well as working in schools, I held positions as Children’s Centre teacher and Early Learning Area Coordinator working across Somerset within the Early Years Advisory Team.  

In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors walking and gardening. I love animals, cooking and taking visits to the theatre and watching live music. 


Sebastian Witts

MAT Appointed Governor


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Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.' Joshua 1:9