Swallow Dell Primary School has a maximum of twelve Governors. We are all volunteers. Some of us are parents of children at the school, some are members of staff and some are local people.
The key thing we have in common is that we all care about Swallow Dell and the people who make up the community.
We support the school, the children, staff and parents to make this a school of choice. We meet five times a year as a full Governing Body for an overview of the work of the school. Minutes of these meetings are available from the school office.
We have four committees to consider specific areas in detail. All Governors serve on at least one committee. We monitor that all the school’s legal responsibilities are met. However the Governing Body’s main duty is to help raise standards of achievement and improve the well-being of our pupils. We do this in three ways:
- by guiding and supporting the strategic direction of the school.
- by asking challenging questions of the Head, Senior Leadership team and staff.
- by monitoring the performance and achievement of the school against set targets.
I began as a parent governor and am now appointed by the Local Authority. My three children attended Swallow Dell. I live locally. I am glad to help support Swallow Dell and be involved in its work of providing a great education for all its pupils. I have no business interests which conflict with the interests of the school.
Gideon is a civil servant who lives locally and has a child at Swallow Dell. Gideon was appointed as a co-opted governor in October 2015. He chairs the Curriculum Committee, and serves on the Finance Committee and the head teacher’s appraisal panel.
Jeff Hawes is a Co-opted Governor bringing to the Board his financial and business skills. Jeff is the Chairman of the Governing Body and Chairs the Finance Committee and sits on the Curriculum & HR Committees. Both of Jeff’s children attended Swallow Dell and left in 2013 and 2016 respectively. Jeff’s term of office expires in April 2019
Mel Hackworth is a Parent Governor who was appointed in October 2014. Mel has 5 children, 3 who have been through Swallow Dell and two currently pupils in the school. She is Vice Chair of Governors and sits on the Curriculum and Pupil Welfare Committees.
Rahima Ahad is a Parent Governor elected in September 2016. Rahima has 2 children in the school she is the E Safety Governor and sits on the Curriculum and Pupil Welfare Committees.