Responsibilities of the Governors
The governing body has a largely strategic role, with legal responsibilities to ensure a policy framework is in place for management of the school, deciding what the school wants to achieve, setting and reviewing targets, and acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Headteacher.
The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, day-to-day management and control of the school, and reporting to governors on the delivery of the objectives agreed within the school’s development plan.
The governors and Headteacher work together in partnership to develop the key policies for the school and to decide which decisions are reserved to the governors, which are shared between the governors and Headteacher, or delegated to the Headteacher. The principal areas of responsibility are reflected in the sub-committees listed below.
In 2017, the Governing Body and the School developed and consulted on a Three Year Strategic Plan to detail Swainswick's Journey to 2020. You can read more about this plan and how it is used on the Vision and Values Page.
In accordance with government recommendations the membership of the governing body is widely drawn to reflect the various aspects of school life and to represent a balance of interested parties, comprising : –
4 x Parent Governors. Parent Governors are usually parents of children at the school. Most are elected by the parents. If not enough parents stand for election, the governing body can appoint an individual to the position.
1 x Local Authority Governor. The Local Authority Governor is appointed by the governing body.
2 x Staff Governors. Headteacher, plus one staff Governor.
2 x Foundation Governors. One Foundation Governor is appointed by the Diocese of Bath and Wells Board on the nominations from Swainswick and Woolley Parochial Church Council.
3 x Co-opted Governors. Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body. This is on the basis of the skills they can bring to support the effective governance and success of the school.
The Clerk of Governors. Not a Governor as such, the Clerk is a paid administrator appointed to assist Governors in fulfilling their duties.
Associated Members as required. Associate members are not governors, but can be invited to sit on one of the committees of the governing body, usually because they have specific skills. They can be given the right to vote at committee meetings. They can be appointed for between one and four years.
The usual term of office, that is, how long governors are expected to serve on the board is four years for all types of governor. The governing body can, however, determine the term of office for governors to be less than four years.
Governing Board Structure
Governors at Swainswick welcome constructive comments which may help them to improve the strategic direction of the school. We ask that this is done by letter addressed to the Chair of Governors and sent to the school office. It is not the role of the governors to respond individually to these comments but they will be taken into account when discussions are held.
Instrument of Government
Committee Membership, Attendance, & Training Log
Chair of Governors
Chair of Resources Cttee
Shannon joined the Governing Body in Autumn 2015. She has two child at the school, and wanted to become a Governor after her son’s overwhelmingly positive introduction to the school – his comment at the end of his first day was “Why is everyone in Swainswick so kind?”. She is interested in how we help children to develop the skills they will need for an increasingly complex World, and passionate about the positive power of the natural environment and the rhythm of the Seasons in the lives of children.
Her professional background includes consulting, with a focus on process improvement and managing change on large scale business transformation projects. She subsequently went on to complete a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development, and worked with a number of organisations to understand their environmental and social impact, and develop projects to deliver a meaningful positive impact through their core business activities.
Local Authority Governor
Health & Safety Governor
Robert is the Local Education Authority Governor, having previously had children at the school. He lives and farms in the Swainswick Valley and is on the Swainswick Parish council. These close links make Robert particularly interested in the well being and future of the school. Robert was very involved and supportive during the review of primary schools when the future of Swainswick School appeared to come under threat. He is a also trustee of the Oriel Hall in Larkhall.
Nicky has lived in the village of Upper Swainswick for 15 years and has been a parent governor since September 2015. Nicky currently works for the Premier League as a Professional Skills Mentor and previously worked at the University of Bath (Team Bath) for 12 years. Nicky has extensive experience of higher education, elite sport and sports development.
Rich has two children at Swainswick and lives with Jessie and their third baby in Larkhall. They moved to Bath in 2012 after several years in London, though Jessie is originally from the south west.
Rich’s work is in public services, particularly working with the NHS, social care and the welfare system to support disabled people of all ages. His work is mainly based around Whitehall, though also involves meeting lots of different people who use the care system and professionals who work in it across the country.
Rich has previously been a governor of a primary school and a trustee of various disability charities.
Imogen has two children at Swainswick School, and welcomes the opportunity to give something back to the school by becoming a Parent Governor. She currently works as a freelance pianist, performing at various concert venues including Tenby Arts Festival, Bristol Cathedral and Bath’s Holburne Museum. Local work includes accompanying for the Mid Somerset Festival and playing with the Pump Room Trio. Imogen was a piano teacher in senior schools for 20 years, including 11 years at Prior Park College. She is now having a break from teaching to work as a freelance writer.
Chair of Standards Cttee
Claire has two children at Swainswick School, so appreciates what a special place it is for children and parent’s. Claire lives in Lower Swainswick and enjoys being part of the Swainswick/Larkhall community. Claire works as a General Practitioner on the other side of Bath and has experience in the health and wellbeing of children and families.
Foundation Governor Safeguarding Governor
Clerk to Governors
Governors who have served on the Governing Board in the last 12 months
All currently still serving
Sacha and her family moved to Swainswick in 2018 and feel very blessed to be a part of the school community, having been made to feel very welcome by staff, pupils and parents when they arrived towards the end of Year 1 with their daughter Pippa. Working as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, Sacha has extensive understanding of mental health and best practice for supporting and finding strategies that work for each individual. She is passionate about supporting the school and its pupils/parents in her role as Parent Governor and is excited to be part of such a dedicated team of Governors.