School Governors

Swaffham Prior Church of England Primary School    12 October 2018

If you would like to contact the governors, please leave a message with the school office or email the Chair of Governors on Written correspondence can be sent to the school address and will be forwarded to the Chair of Governors.

Terms of office 4 years 

  Position Name Term Appointed By Committees
Foundation Governor & Chair of Governors Mr Christopher Goodfellow  28 November 2016 –  28 November 2020 Diocese of Ely Board of Education

 Resources (Chair)


  Clerk to Govs. Mrs Dee Colegate 1 Nov 2018 Governing Body  
  Foundation Governor Mr David Unitt July 2018 Diocese of Ely Board of Education Resources
  Ex Officio Foundation Governor Rev Sue Giles 28 Nov 2016 –  17 Nov 2020 Ex Officio TLC
    Mr Andrew Griffiths July 2018 Parent Body  
  Co-Opted Governor Mrs Sandra Gynn 29 June 2016 – 28 June 2020 Governing Body TLC
  Parent Governor Mr Franc Carr July 2018 Parent Body Resources 
  Co-Opted Mrs Tania Verdonk 15 June 18 Governing Body Chair of TLC
  Parent Governor Mr William Shakeshaft 1 March 2014 – 10 March 2018 Parent Body

Resources (Vice-chair)



Staff Governor


Mrs Donia Mercer 6 March 2018 Staff TLC

No Governor has any relationship to any employee of the school in the 2018/2019 academic year.

Previous Governing Body members:


Position Name Date of Appointment Committees End of term




Ms Charlotte Cane 8 Oct 2012



April 2018
Co-opted Governor Mr Charles Fletcher 8 May 14 TLC May 2018
Head teacher (Ex Officio) Miss Hannah Curtis 1 Sept 2011



April 2018

LA (Chair)


Mrs Roz Chalmers 10 April 2011  

10 April 2015



Parent Governor

Mrs Emma Lees 9 October 2013   19 December 2014

Parent Governor


Mr Andrew Dawbarn


11 October 2010  

10 October 2014


Associate member Mrs Deidre Mold 1 October 2014   26 November 2014
Parent Governor Dr Paul Abbott 15 June 2010   15 June 2014
Parent Governor Mrs Mary Charlesworth


15 March 2010


  15 June 2014
Staff Governor Mrs Debbie Cole 16 July 2012   11 May 2014
Coopted Governor Ms April Cook 12 May 2014   5 March 2017
Foundation Governor Mrs Pamela White September 2013   29 June 2016
Staff Governor Mr Gordon Godfrey 24 March 2010   31 August 2016
Staff Governor Ms Ellen Foster     31 Dec 2017

Role of the School Governors

Our governing body is made up of a hardworking and committed body of individuals with a wide range of backgrounds that pool their professional and personal experiences to support the school. The governors meet regularly and minutes of themeetings are available to parents on request.


The governing body has three key roles.

  • To provide a strategic view of where the school is heading – the governing body achieves this by reviewing policies and deciding the priorities for improvements, to be included in the school development plan.
  • To act as a critical friend to the school – this involves supporting the Head teacher and staff, while at the same time questioning existing practice in a constructively critical way.
  • To hold the school to account for the education standards it achieves and the quality of education it provides – setting targets for the school to achieve in the light of national and local targets, and then formally evaluating outcomes, lie at the heart of this aspect of the governing body role.


The Governing body is organised into different committees in order to cover its various functions:

  • Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC)
  • Resources Committee

Governors take a strategic overview, playing a key role in the school’s development, and are not involved in the day-to-day management. That important task rests with the Head teacher and her staff.

Each governor assumes at least one particular area of responsibility during their four-year term of office and undertakes any relevant training. 

Download “Governor-Code-of-Conduct-Expectations.pdf” Governor-Code-of-Conduct-Expectations.pdf – Downloaded 83 times – 237 KB

Download “Governor-Skills-Matrix-2018.pdf” Governor-Skills-Matrix-2018.pdf – Downloaded 104 times – 72 KB

Download “Meeting-attendance-record-Autumn-2017.pdf” Meeting-attendance-record-Autumn-2017.pdf – Downloaded 132 times – 125 KB

Download “Register-Pecuniary-Interests-2017.pdf” Register-Pecuniary-Interests-2017.pdf – Downloaded 92 times – 122 KB

Download “Meeting-attendance-record-summer-2017.pdf” Meeting-attendance-record-summer-2017.pdf – Downloaded 121 times – 129 KB

Download “Meeting-attendance-record-spring-2017.pdf” Meeting-attendance-record-spring-2017.pdf – Downloaded 179 times – 124 KB

Download “Meeting-attendance-record-autumn-2016.pdf” Meeting-attendance-record-autumn-2016.pdf – Downloaded 155 times – 123 KB

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Download “Meeting attendance record spring 2016” Meeting-attendance-record-spring-2016.pdf – Downloaded 156 times – 27 KB

Download “Minutes 25th November 2015” Minutes-25-November-2015.pdf – Downloaded 165 times – 101 KB

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