Swaffield School


We are Leah Gwynne and Sumeet Pillai 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 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:

  • Mrs Sue Davis
  • Mrs Rosie White

Co-opted Governors:

  • Mrs Leah Gwynne: Co-Chair of Governors
  • Mr Sumeet Pillai: Co-Chair of Governors
  • Mr Brendan Conway [Chair, Families & Community Committee]
  • Ms Anna Pierssene 
  • Mr David Ring
  • Mrs Hilary McElwaine [Chair, Curriculum & Performance Committee]
  • Ms Caroline Vogt

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 
  • Families & Community Committee

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.

Meeting dates for Academic Year 2022/2023

Autumn Term 2022

  • Curriculum & Performance Committee - Thursday 3rd November at 5pm
  • Finance & Resources Committee - Tuesday 15th November at 6pm
  • Full Governing Body  - Thursday 1st December at 6pm

Spring Term 2023

  • Curriculum & Performance Committee - Thursday 2nd February at 5pm
  • Finance & Resources Committee - Tuesday 14th March at 6pm
  • Families & Community Committee - tbc
  • Full Governing Body - Thursday 30th March at 6pm

 Summer Term 2023 

  • Curriculum & Performance Committee  - Thursday 18th May at 5pm
  • Finance & Resources Committee - Tuesday 6 June at 6pm
  • Families & Community Committee - tbc
  • Full Governing Body - Thursday 22nd June at 6pm

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

Our Governance Impact Statement for last academic year (2021-22) is currently being finalised and will be uploaded soon. 

Please see the table below that shows the Governors' Register of Interests and Attendance for this academic year.
Information and attendance for the last academic year can be seen here: academic year (2021/2022)

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


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

Governor Strategy

Swaffield's Board of Governors held workshops in Autumn 2022 to enable parents and carers to share their views, ideas and suggestions. The outcomes will be a key part in shaping the Governor Strategy moving forward.
All Swaffield parents and carers were invited to come along.  

Our 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 to 2022 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.