Senior Leadership Team & Heads of School

Mrs Jo Smith

St Dubricius Porlock
Head of School - St Dubricius | Designated Safeguarding Lead
Additional Roles:

Jo Smith, a vivacious and accomplished educator with a passion for nurturing students' personal development and helping them discover their unique passions. Her journey has led her from the outskirts of London to the sea and countryside, to her current role as Head of School at St Dubricius in Porlock, part of the Moorland Federation.

Academic Pursuits and Career Highlights:

  • Versatile Teaching Background: Jo's extensive experience spans across all primary ages, primarily in large, inner-city schools in Bristol.
  • Leadership and Curriculum Development: Her leadership journey includes spearheading teaching and learning, devising local curriculum, and creating efficient assessment systems.
  • PHSE qualifed status from Roehampton University
  • NPQSL qualification
  • Master's Degree: Currently, Jo is pursuing her Master's degree alongside her leadership role, continually striving for academic and professional excellence.

Jo's passion lies in curating an aspirational curriculum, filled with opportunities for each child to grow, explore, and discover their own passions. She fervently believes in providing an environment where every child feels encouraged to reach their full potential. Jo's love of music and singing, means she is a dedicated champion for our federation, including creating our own federation choir.

Key Contributions and Philosophy:

  • Personal Development Advocate: Jo is committed to personal development for all children, fostering an environment where each student feels inspired to unearth and pursue their individual passions.
  • Aspirational Curriculum Creator: She strives to design learning experiences that go beyond traditional boundaries, sparking curiosity and love for learning among students.
  • Team Leadership: Jo's position at St Dubricius involves guiding a team of dedicated educators, ensuring the highest standards of teaching and learning are upheld.

Off-duty, Jo is an avid adventurer who loves spending time on the beach, paddleboarding, and savouring the natural beauty of her adopted home. Although Jo's passion for delivering high quality education, means she dedicated her spare time to also being a Governor for a federation in Devon. Thrilled to be part of the Moorland Federation, Jo Smith is an invaluable asset to the team, bringing her unique blend of leadership, passion, and creativity to her role.

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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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