Senior Leadership Team & Heads of School

Mr Paul James

Dunster First School
Head Of School - Dunster | Designated Safeguarding Lead
Additional Roles:

Paul is our charismatic and dedicated Head of School at Dunster First School, where he brings his passion for History and Education to life every day. Paul's enthusiasm for historical learning is infectious, and he is committed to ensuring our curriculum vividly reflects the richness of our local area.

With both a B-Ed and Degree in Education and History, Paul combines deep academic knowledge with a passion for student engagement. His credentials extend further, as he is our Physical Education (PE) Federation curriculum leader, West Somerset Sports association chair, and an esteemed provider of PE staff training to schools.

Paul's commitment to sports is unparalleled. He strives to deliver an extensive sporting offer to all children, across Dunster and the federation schools, akin to the quality found in private education, whenever possible. This dedication extends to his work as one of our federation external trips and visits coordinators, ensuring our pupils get a residential offer.

Key Credentials and Abilities:

  • B-Ed and Degree in Education and History
  • PE Federation Curriculum Leader
  • Chair of the West Somerset Sports Association
  • Certified Mental Health First Aider
  • Experience as a Deputy Head with a focus on diversity and sporting opportunities
  • CCRS certificate for teaching Religious Education within the Catholic sector

Paul's devotion to student wellbeing is evident in his role as a qualified Mental Health First Aider. He leads aspects of wellbeing within our Mental Health and Wellbeing group, underscoring his holistic approach to education.

Having previously worked as a Deputy Head in Sandwell, Paul is experienced in promoting diversity and equal sporting opportunities for all. He was a leader in the Dudley South Sports Association, and this passion carries over to his current role.

In his leisure time, Paul enjoys a dose of outdoor fun with cycling, playing cricket, and walking the dog.

Paul is a man whose dynamic approach to education is shaping future generations one historical adventure at a time.

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Our Senior Leadership Team

Our team of Leader creating and inclusive and diverse workforce dedicated to delivering excellence

Mrs Naomi Philp
Executive Headteacher for the Moorland Federation | Designated Federation Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Lizi Pravato
Federation Business Manager | Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Helen Hickman
Federation Business Manager | Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Our team of educators and specialist staff leading the way

Central Business Administration

Our Central Business Administration team support the Moorland Federation and our Executive Head

Mrs Rosy Arch
Central Business Administrator | PA to Executive Head | Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Our team of educators and specialist staff leading the way

Heads of School

Our team of educators leading the schools in our federation

Mr Paul James
Head Of School - Dunster | Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Nicky Stenner
Head of School - Exford | Designated Safeguarding Lead


Mrs Jo Smith
Head of School - St Dubricius | Designated Safeguarding Lead


Mrs Alison Blackmore
Head Of School - Cutcombe | Designated Safeguarding Lead


Mrs Carys Barnett
Head Of School - Dulverton Juniors & All Saints | Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Jonathan Moise-Souch
Head Of School - Langford Budville | Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Angela Hall
Head of School - Timberscombe | Designated Safeguarding Lead


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