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Alexandra Butler - Interim Head St Michael's Church of England First School

Alexandra Butler joined us in September 2021 as the Interim-Head at St Michael's C of E First School.

Originally from south Wales, she spent most of her working life in the Thames Valley working in Berkshire, with the exception of a few years at the start of her career working for the Japanese government near Tokyo.  Although new to Somerset and WSAT, she has been a headteacher since 2006. She has supported other schools as a National Leader of Education and executive head and also undertaken a secondment to Ofsted. She studied music at university and has an MA in Effective Learning and an MBA.  In her free time she enjoys travelling, most water sports and swimming and recently started to learn to play golf.  She also plays several instruments and during lockdown began playing the harp. 



Adam Evans - Head of Minehead Middle and First Schools

Adam Evans 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 worked latterly as Head of Lower School. He  became Head of Danesfield Middle School in April 2016 , moving back to be Head of Minehead Middle School in September 2018.

In April 2019 Adam also took on the role of Head of Minehead First School thus ensuring transition between the schools is embedded. 


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


In 2019, both schools recorded their best ever outcomes in National tests.


Daniel Hartley - Head of Danesfield Church of England Middle School

Daniel Hartley 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.


Emma Murch - Interim Head Old Cleeve Church of England First School

Emma Murch first joined West Somerset Academies Trust in September 2019 as Director of Early Years. Emma was an early Years Teacher and Advisor before having her own family. In her role as Director of Early Years, Emma 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. In September 2021 she was appointed Interim Head at Old Cleeve School.



Maida White - Head of St Peter's Church of England First School

Maida White is Head of School at St Peter’s First School. She is an experienced teacher, having qualified in 2005 and spent more of her teaching career in the early years and KS1. Maida has worked in three of the Trust’s first schools; and St Peter’s First School is where she took her first steps into senior leadership as deputy headteacher in 2019, as well as becoming the designated safeguarding lead and SENDCo. Maida believes that an excellent education will not only change a child’s life, but it will also make the local community stronger. It is important to make sure that the children have the confidence, qualifications, and skills necessary to be able to take their place in a highly technical and competitive world.