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Adam Evans - Head of Danesfield Church of England Middle School

Adam Evans - Head of Danesfield Church of England Middle School  1

Adam Evans has been Head of Danesfield School since April 2016 when he was seconded across from Minehead Middle School due to the challenging situation of Danesfield School. He is an experienced teacher who has taught pupils from KS2 to KS4.


Adam has a BA (Hons) degree, before coming in to education he had experience of being a Housing Officer and working as a Business Manager for the Royal Bank of Scotland. He retrained in his mid 20’s completing a PGCE at Bath Spa University specialising in Maths.


Adam worked as a teacher in KS2 and KS3 at Minehead Middle School for 9 years where he finished as Head of Lower School.


Valuing gentleness and humility and embracing traditional values Adam respects individuality and the development of good character as well as high achievement.


He is very proud of the school and its successes over recent years.

Daniel Hartley - Head of Minehead Middle School

Daniel Hartley - Head of Minehead Middle School  1

Daniel Hartley is the headteacher at Minehead Middle School. He is an experienced teacher and leader who has worked in a number of secondary schools before coming to West Somerset. Daniel is a facilitator for NPQ teacher leadership training courses, and is also an assessor for the Historical Association. In addition, Daniel has been trained as an Emotion Coaching Champion for a county charity, and believes that children should challenge themselves to be the best they can be.


Janine Donovan - Head of St Michael's C of E First School

Janine Donovan - Head of St Michael's C of E First School  1

Janine Donovan joined West Somerset Academies Trust in January 2018 as the Headteacher of St Michael’s C of E First School and Director of Early Years. Prior to this Janine was Headteacher of a rural primary school. During her headship at the school she moved the school from requires improvement to good with outstanding in the Early Years.

In her role as Director of Early Years, Janine works with the Head Teachers and Early Years Teachers across West Somerset Academy Trust to create an outstanding curriculum that inspires children and meets their learning needs, to ensure they achieve their potential.


Nigel Johnson - Head of St Peter's C of E First School

Nigel Johnson - Head of St Peter's C of E First School  1

Nigel is the Headteacher at St Peter’s Church of England First School. His background is as a Geography teacher in Cheshire. He has taught in West Somerset since 2008 and was a Vice Principal of the Quantock Academy. Nigel is married with three children and has led St Peter’s since September 2015 - the school has secured a recent ‘Good’ Ofsted and SIAMs ‘Good’ grade. Nigel is currently Chair of the West Somerset Behaviour and Engagement Panel (WSBEP) and leads on Safeguarding for WSAT.


Nigel holds the NPQH and NASENCO awards, firstly developing his skills through the Leading from the Middle programme in 2011. He has worked with SCITT, Exeter University and BathSpa University to develop new teachers over the last 5 years. His role as Director of Staff Development is to ensure that we develop excellent pathways for all our staff so that they are a truly challenged and inspiring team well placed to deliver a world class education.



Keith Mansell - Head of Minehead First School

Keith Mansell - Head of Minehead First School  1

Keith feels  privileged to be Headteacher at Minehead First School, the largest First School in West Somerset! After a long and varied career in London and having always had a connection with West Somerset, he made the decision to move here permanently where he enjoys the beauty of the area with family, friends and his two dogs! He is passionate about teaching and instilling in children a love of learning which will hopefully continue into adult life.


Dan Perry - Head of Old Cleeve C of E First School

Dan Perry - Head of Old Cleeve C of E First School  1

This is Dan's first appointment as headteacher and he feels privileged to lead a school which is characterised by its amazingly caring students. Dan is also currently vice- chair of the West Somerset Education Partnership and this very exciting time where there are many exciting opportunities for our local area.


Dan is passionate about developing the whole child and at Old Cleeve they have worked hard on ensuring that there is a breadth of exciting opportunities for the children that attend. Through adopting the twin approaches of growth mindset and mindfulness Dan puts the child at the centre of the learning and does all that he can do to ensure they maximise their potential both as a learner and as a citizen of the future.