There are 11 members of the Local Governing Body (LGB) of the school:

  • 1 Headteacher
  • 1 staff
  • 2 elected parents
  • 7 Trust Appointed Community Governors

All Governors (except the Headteacher) are elected for a period of 4 years. They meet at least 5 times per academic year to receive reports on the financial management of the school, curriculum development, premises, health and safety and staffing issues. They are also responsible for ensuring the school is improving in line with the priorities in the School Development Plan.

The Governors are supported by the Brigshaw Learning Partnership’s Governance and Compliance Officer.

The Governors make available to parents an annual report to inform them about the progress of the school and providing the opportunity to raise any issues with the Governors.
Through the Governing Body, there are links with the Board of Directors of the Brigshaw Learning Partnership.

You can download the Governor’s Declaration of Interest here as a PDF.

Governor Newsletters

The Governors release a Governor Newsletter each term. You can download past newsletters here:




Governor School Visits

The Governors regularly visit the school. You can download the school visit feedback here:


Governor Meeting Dates 2016-2017

 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
 Full Governing Body
Thursday, 15th September Wednesday, 30th  November Thursday, 19th January Thursday, 4th May Wednesday, 12th July


You can view Governor Meeting Attendance Record for 2014-2016 here. (Last updated 08/02/2016)
You can view Governor Meeting Attendance Record for 2016-2017 here. (Last updated 21/01/2017)

Governing Body

Mr Phil Cook: Chair of Governors

Role: Trust Governor
Committees and Special Responsibilities: Resources, Teaching and Learning, Performance Management and Complaints
Class link: Maths

“I became a Governor in 2009, the year I retired, in order to continue to use some of my life experiences which would hopefully benefit the Governing Body. It was an excellent time to become involved with Swillington as a new school had been sanctioned for building and the school was to become a founding member of the Brigshaw Trust….I became Chairman of Governors in 2012 and under my tenure the new school building was completed and a new Headteacher appointed in the same year.

I look forward to taking on my new role as the link to Maths within the School… This change of role is in order to continue to improve my personal skills as a Governor.”

Mrs Judith Woodhead: Vice Chair of Governors

Role: Co-opted Governor
Committees and Special Responsibilities: Pupil Support, Child Protection, Looked After Children
Class link: Year 4

“I have been a Parish Councillor for twelve years. I became a Councillor because I care about Swilllington and the people that I now represent. I am also a School Governor which I find very fulfilling. I have been involved in interviewing for staff, and am on Pupil Support committee. I find being involved with the school and Parish council very important.”

Mr Tim Cox

Role: Co-opted Governor
Committees and Special Responsibilities: Resources, Performance Management, Health and Safety
Class link:  Year 2 and Science

“As one of the parent Governor at Swillington School, I am keen to ensure that children who attend this school get the best possible Education and achieve their potential in a safe environment and that the school is properly resource, maintained and the students and staff are happy.”

Cllr Mark Dobson

Role: Local Authority Governor
Committees and Special Responsibilities: Resources, Performance Management
Class link:

“I’m Cllr Mark Dobson. I’ve been a Governor here for 10 years and was a former Chair.

We come a long way since the old building but it’s not only the building that’s improving. We have a great team of people here helping our kids to have a great experience in a caring setting.

I love Swillington Primary. It’s a great school, fantastic staff and a lovely new building.

I am a Governor as I want to support the village I represent as a Cllr and  see our kids getting a great primary education in a great learning environment with caring staff.”

Mrs Sallie Elliott

Role: Headteacher
Committees: Resources, Teaching and Learning, Pupil Support

Mrs Maria Milner

Role: Co-Opted Governor
Committees and Special Responsibilities: Pupil Support
Class Link: Year 6

“I’m delighted to become a member of Swillington’s governing body. I work in education, live local and am a parent myself, therefore, feel passionate about children having the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

Mr Gavin Smith

Role: Parent Governor
Committees and Special Responsibilities: Teaching and Learning
Class link: EYFS and Computing

“I have two children at Swillington Primary and have been a governor since 2014.  I became a governor to help ensure that my children and the other pupils at the school get the best education possible.  To ensure they are happy, safe and learning.

I am fortunate to be able to put my technical knowledge, as a Computing Teacher at Secondary school, to good use as the link governor for Computing.”

Mrs Fiona Titterington

Role: Trust Governor
Committees and Special Responsibilities: Teaching and Learning, Training Governor
Class link: Literacy

“I was a parent governor when my son was at this school, (some of you will remember him, Chris Allan) and am delighted to be able to keep on supporting Swillington school to be the very best it can for all of the children. I am the training governor, and it’s my role to help other governors be the best they can be in helping Mrs Elliott  make the best opportunities for all children to progress and achieve their full potential. I am also very interested in encouraging all the children to read more, and Swillington school has a brilliant school library, “The more you read, the more you know, the more you know, the further you’ll go”.”

Mr David Unsworth

Role: Parent Governor
Committees and Special Responsibilities: Resources, Policy
Class link: Year 5

“I became a Parent Governor in 2014 as I wanted to help contribute to making the school a success for all of our children.  I hope to use my knowledge of technology, service management, supplier management and governance to help the school in achieving it’s aims.

I’m looking forward to my first year as part of the Governing body and working with Year 5 from September.”

Ms Miriam Watson

Role: Co-opted Governor
Committees and Special Responsibilities: Pupil Support, Race Equality and Special Educational Needs
Class link: Year 2

“I became a Governor as both of my children attend the school and I wanted the best possible start for them in education. I have focused my responsibilities on Special Educational Needs and Race Equality as I want to ensure that all the children at the school have the same opportunities available to them regardless of personal circumstances. With a family history of hearing impairment (including my two children) and a long working history with Special Needs charities this is a cause I am passionate about and I feel I was able to offer the most experience in this sector.”

Mrs Viv Wilkins

Role: Staff Representative
Committees and Special Responsibilities: Resources
Class link: Year 1

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