Senior Leadership Team & Heads of School

Mrs Alison Blackmore

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

Alison Blackmore is an energetic and accomplished educational leader who's no stranger to the magnificent landscapes of Exmoor. Her journey from a local student to Head of School at Cutcombe is woven with colourful threads of world travels, extensive studies, and enriching work experiences.

Education and Experience:

  • Bath Spa University: Acquired an English and Education Degree, the bedrock of her expertise in teaching and learning.
  • Cardiff University: Earned a Diploma in Health Care Studies, broadening her understanding of wellness and its impact on learning.
  • Exeter University: Completed a PGCE with an English specialism, fortifying her foundation in education.

Alison's teaching journey began at Timberscombe in 2010, transitioning to Cutcombe after the birth of her second son. She has brought passion and commitment to every role she's undertaken, constantly upskilling and stepping up for her team.

Certifications and Responsibilities:

  • SENCO Qualification: As a qualified Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-Ordinator, Alison ensures all students receive the support they need to thrive.
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: She plays a pivotal role in maintaining a safe and nurturing environment for all students.
  • Curriculum Lead: Alison guides the teaching and learning process in multiple areas, including English, Science, Computing, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, British Values, and Growth Mindset.

Beyond her school responsibilities, Alison enjoys spending time in nature, aiding on her parents' farm, and venturing on walks with her two spirited spaniels. Her rich tapestry of experiences and unwavering dedication makes Alison Blackmore an invaluable asset to the Cutcombe team and wider Moorland Federation community.

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By joining the Moorland Federation, you are not only becoming part of our team of professionals in either the teaching or administrative and operational departments, but you are also contributing to our collective pursuit of excellence in education. Let your career soar with us as we continue to strengthen our brand and make a lasting impact on the lives of our students and the communities we serve.

Our team of educators and specialist staff leading the way

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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