The Swaffhams Partnership

The Governing Body

Swaffham Prior and Swaffham Bulbeck Church of England Primary Schools are part of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust. The schools have a partnership with one another. Whilst each school retains its own ethos, vision, values and character, there is one governing body and one headeacher between the two schools and the curriculums are closely aligned with each other.

Our governing body is a voluntary group of local people, who are appointed for four-year terms of office. Governors represent parents, the local community, the Church, the Local Authority and staff. Our responsibilities include strategic planning and finance, helping to appoint our staff, oversight of child protection, behaviour and health and safety, and monitoring the school curriculum. We also focus on building and maintaining close relationships between the school, parents, the Church and the local community, and on maintaining our school vision and our inclusive, welcoming,supportive ethos.

Contacting The Governors

The governors may be contacted at any time via our Clerk, Jessica Shakeshaft, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the school office. You can also contact the chair of governors - Chris Goodfellow, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Written correspondence can be sent to the school address and will be forwarded to the Chair of Governors.

Minutes of our Local Governing Body Meetings are posted on Governor Hub. If you wish to have access to them please contact the Clerk or Chair on the contact details above.

Please follow the links below to find Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation,

DEMAT Scheme of Delegation August 2020

DEMAT LGB Terms of Reference August 2020

and here is the link to the Academies Financial Handbook

We warmly welcome your comments and feedback about our school, and your involvement with the governing body.

    Committee Details       Declarations of Interest       Meeting Attendance 2020 - 21

NamePositionTermAppointed ByRole / Commitees
Mr Chris Goodfellow Chair & Foundation Governor November 2016 –  November 2024 Diocese of Ely Board of Education on recommendation of PCC Resources
Christian Distinctiveness
Mrs Helen Bartley Headteacher Ex-officio Ex-officio Resources

Mr Franc Carr Co-opted Governor July 2018 - Jul 2022 Governing Body Resources (Chair)
Mrs Tania Verdonk Co-opted Governor July 2018 - Jul 2022 Governing Body TLC (Chair)
Mrs Rebecca Doggett Staff Governor February 2020 – February 2024 Governing Body TLC

Revd Susan Giles

Ex-officio Foundation Governor

Safeguarding Governor

Ex-officio Ex-officio TLC
Dr David Unitt Co-opted Governor July 2018 – July 2022 Governing Body TLC
Mrs Donia Mercer Staff Governor March 2018 - March 2022 Staff Body TLC
Helen Soares Parent Governor  Jan 2022 - Jan 2026 Governing Body

Mr Alexis May Co-opted Governor  November 2019 - November 2023  Governing Body
Mrs Jessica Shakeshaft Clerk Governing Body
 Vacancy for a Governor open - please contact the Chair, Chris Goodfellow for details or the school office.