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

Janine Donovan is the headteacher at St Michael’s C of E First School and Old Cleeve C of E First School in Washford. Janine was previously our Director of Early Years but was promoted to take on two headships in September 2019. She is supported in her role by two Deputy Headteachers.  


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 the headteacher at Danesfield 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.


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.