The members of the local governing body are:

  • Mary Massey – Chair
  • Nigel Rees – Vice Chair
  • Jen Jacklin – Head of School
  • Dominic Luckett – Health & Safety link
  • Sara Mason – SEND link
  • Debbie Hicks – Safeguarding link
  • Vacancy (Parent Governor)

The Governors can be contacted through the school with correspondence marked for the attention of Mary Massey Chair of Governors.

Mary Massey

Mary Massey retired in 2014 after eight years as an HMI, inspecting mostly secondary schools and Initial Teacher Education.  She currently works as an independent school improvement consultant for both secondary and primary schools.  Before joining Ofsted she spent 36 years teaching in a wide variety of secondary schools, in both rural and urban contexts, including 20 years in senior management.  She has particular interest in leadership, behaviour management, and provision for the most vulnerable students including those with special educational needs.


Nigel has been involved in school and FE College Governance since 1984 in a variety of settings.  Nigel is currently a Member and Chair of Trustees for Sherborne Area Schools Trust (SAST),

Nigel was designated as a National Leader of Governance in February 2016 and developed strong links with Dorset Local Authority, Salisbury CofE Diocese, and Bath and Wells CofE Diocese, which has enabled him to support the Governing Bodies in twelve primary and secondary schools since designation, outside SAST.

Nigel’s career was in banking (1974 – 2014), his final role being as a Senior Manager for HSBC Bank plc.  Following retirement, he is currently undertaking a role as a Banking Expert, supporting a senior independent reviewer in their assessment of a large UK bank’s remediation programme.  The role focuses on providing business banking and restructuring expertise to help inform customer outcomes.

Dr Dominic Luckett

Dominic Luckett was educated at the University of Leicester, where he obtained a first class honours degree in History, and at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he completed his doctorate.  He then taught for eleven years at Harrow School, where he was Head of History and an assistant housemaster, before moving to Worth School as Deputy Head.  From 2007, he was Headmaster of Mill Hill School, an independent coeducational day and boarding school in north London, and Chief Executive of the Mill Hill School Foundation comprising the senior, prep, pre-prep and international schools.  Since January 2016, he has been Headmaster and Chief Executive of Sherborne School.

He is a Governor of Sherborne Qatar; of Sherborne Preparatory School; and The Pilgrims’ School, Winchester.  He is married to Cara, a barrister specialising in clinical negligence, and they have two daughters.

Sara Mason

Sara is a specialist therapeutic foster carer and is local to Wincanton.  An expert in Attachment Theory, behaviour and Special Educational Needs, Sara is passionate about King Arthur’s school through her experience as a parent and governor.  Sara has also worked in the public sector and has many commercial skills and experience including in employment law and other human resources legislation. With qualifications from the ILM in Leadership and Management and Coaching and Mentoring, Sara is inspired by ethical business management and enabling young people to develop independence and take responsibility for themselves.  Outside of work, Sara is a keen choir member and enjoys outdoor pursuits.

Debbie Hicks

Debbie is an Educational Consultant for Leaf, a national charity based in the South West which links farming with education and regularly leads CPD workshops for primary and secondary schools and at conferences.  She has many years’ experience in Science leadership and is the local authority curriculum governor for two local primary schools.  An initial teacher trainee mentor, Debbie is a qualified teacher with BSc and PGCE qualifications and holds a Postgraduate certificate in Professional studies in Education.  Debbie is also a member of the Wincanton Community Partnership.

Tim Fry

Tim has worked in education as a teacher for over 30 years working in primary, secondary and further education in both the UK and abroad.  A family man, Tim is is passionate that local children of Wincanton get the best possible education and that funding for local schools is used to ensure a good education for all students.  Outside of teaching, Tim has also been a civilian instructor for Air Cadets and worked as a summer camp leader.


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