Swaffield School


We are Hilary Nicholls and Alfie Cairns and we are Co-Chairs of Governors here at Swaffield School.

Our job is to ensure that the business of the Governing Body is conducted properly and in accordance with legal requirements. We meet regularly with the Ms Hamilton, Head Teacher, and take an active interest in what happens at Swaffield. 

Contact the Governors

If you'd like to contact us, please email: governors@swaffield.wandsworth.sch.uk or write to us via the School Office.

The Governing Body:

The Governing Body is made up of governors from all walks of life and includes:

  • Head Teacher
  • Elected parent governors
  • Co-opted governors
  • Local authority governor
  • Elected staff governor

The members of our Board of Governors and the committees they serve on are listed below: 

Head Teacher:

  • Ms Julia Hamilton

Parent Governors:

Co-opted Governors:

  • Mr Alfie Cairns: Co-Chair of Governors; Safeguarding Link Governor
  • Mrs Hilary Nicholls: Co-Chair of Governors and Chair, Curriculum & Performance Committee]
  • Mr Sumeet Pillai: Chair, Finance & Resources Committee
  • Ms Anna Pierssene 
  • Mr David Ring
  • Ms Caroline Vogt
  • Mrs Sue Davis
  • Mr Alan Walsh

Local Authority Governor:

  • Mr Yusuf Chadun (SEND Governor) 

Staff Governor:

  • Mrs Sue Medhurst

Clerk / Advisor:

  • Ms Tamara Wilson

Operational Committees include:

  • Curriculum & Performance
  • Finance & Resources
  • Human Resources & Remuneration 

Statutory Committees include:

  • Appointments
  • Performance Management
  • Staff Discipline & Dismissals
  • Pupil Discipline & Exclusions
  • All committees report directly to the Full Governing Body.
  • The Curriculum & Performance Meetings are also once a term and start at 5pm.

Governor Review Statement

You can read the Annual Review Statement for 2022-2023 from Swaffield's Governing Body here.

Meeting dates for Academic Year 2023/2024

Autumn Term 2023

  • Curriculum & Performance Committee - Thursday 9th November at 5pm
  • Finance & Resources Committee - Wednesday 15th November at 5pm
  • Full Governing Body  - Thursday 30th November at 6pm

Spring Term 2024

  • Curriculum & Performance Committee - Thursday 1st February at 5pm
  • Finance & Resources Committee - Wednesday 13th March at 5pm
  • Full Governing Body - Thursday 21st March at 5pm

 Summer Term 2024

  • Curriculum & Performance Committee  - Thursday 16th May at 5pm
  • Finance & Resources Committee - Wednesday 12th June at 5pm
  • Full Governing Body - Thursday 27th June at 5pm

Governors' Responsibilities

The Governing Body has many specific responsibilities as defined in the School Governance Regulations and laid out in the school's Delegation File. These responsibilities include:

  • The responsibility for the conduct of the school
  • Setting targets in standards and achievement
  • Statutory responsibilities regarding Special Educational Needs & Disability
  • Ensuring policies relating to the school’s operation are prepared and are reviewed regularly
  • Providing information for parents
  • Financial management and meeting the SFVS
  • Personnel matters, including staff appointments as appropriate
  • Management and maintenance of buildings
  • Pupil discipline and behaviour
  • Monitoring and evaluating the activities of the school
  • Drawing up an Action Plan after an inspection by Ofsted and overseeing its implementation
  • The Governing Body delegates all of its functions to a committee and most of the day to day decisions to the Headteacher.

You can read/download our Governors' Code of Conduct here.

Key Governor Information

Please see the table below that shows the Governors' Register of Interests and Attendance for the academic year 2022/2023.

Swaffield School Governor Attendance for Academic Year (2022/2023)


Finance & Resources (F&R)
Curriculum & Performance (C&P),
Families & Community (F&C)

Governor Strategy

Swaffield's Board of Governors carried out a Parent Survey in the summer term 2023 and a Staff Survey in Autumn Term 2023 following workshops in Autumn 2022 to enable parents/ carers and staff to share their views, ideas and suggestions. The outcomes will be a key part in shaping the future and the Full Governing Board met on Thursday 7th September 2023 to focus on the Governor Strategy moving forward.

The FGB's intention in developing this plan is to set out and communicate our vision and long-term direction for the school, so that we are all clear on where we are going and what we are trying to achieve.
We are proud of the school’s achievements and values and look forward to continuing work with all stakeholders to ensure that we are all working towards a common goal with the children’s’ well-being and future prospects at the heart of everything we do. 

Read our Governor Strategy here. 

Interested in becoming a governor?

Contact either of our Co-chairs via email to: governors@swaffield.wandsworth.sch.uk  or contact Ms Hamilton, Head Teacher, in the first instance and to arrange to meet for a chat. There is always a need for dedicated and committed members of the public, the local community and parents to serve as governors supporting this wonderful school.