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St Swithuns CE Primary School

Our Governors

Welcome to the governors’ section of the St Swithun’s School website.

Here you can find out about the role of governors, the composition of our governing body, who the governors at St Swithun’s are, and more about them. We support the Headteacher and her staff in building on the considerable strengths of the school and in so doing ensuring all aspects of the school - quality of teaching, leadership and management, behaviour, safety and the achievement of pupils - continue to improve.


New Co-opted Governor

We are looking for a new co-opted governor to join our friendly governing body at St Swithun’s CofE Primary School, Kennington, a vibrant and caring two form entry school which lives and breathes its values of Nurture Grow Flourish. Our governors come from a range of different backgrounds, skills and experience but all share a common interest in wanting the best possible outcomes for the children in our school. Governors are essential for the effectiveness and success of the school and it is an extremely rewarding and fulfilling role. All school Governors normally serve a 4 year term. They act as a ‘critical friend’, working voluntarily to strategically oversee the running of the school. Co-opted governors are not elected but are instead appointed directly by the governing body. All governors receive training to help them carry out their role and have access to a wide variety of training courses for governors and we expect all our governors to complete induction training.

What is the role of the governing body?

  • Helping to set and review the school’s strategic direction and agreeing targets for improvement
  • Holding the headteacher and school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure public money is well spent 

To fulfil this role, the Governing Body meets 10 times a year with meetings being either remotely or in person at the school. The majority of meetings are in the evening except for a strategy morning in May. Pre reading is required for these meetings. Governors are often assigned areas of focus and are expected to undertake monitoring visits within the school aligned to these areas.

We would be delighted to hear from anyone who:-

  • Is interested in children’s education and the performance of the school
  • Is community spirited and would like to represent the community
  • Has an enquiring mind and the confidence to ask questions and debate issues that affect the school

And in particular anyone who:-

  • Has experience in a governance role in other settings
  • Has skills and experience in finance and/or safeguarding

If you are interested in this opportunity, please can express your interest at  including a short statement as to why you are suitable for this role (MAX 200 words). The deadline for expression of interest is the 16th February 2024. We expect the new Governor to be in post by March 2024.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of the role before submitting an application, please do let me know via the email provided and either myself or another member of the Governing board will be more than happy to call you for an informal chat.

We look forward to hearing from you

Clare Nurton

Chair of Governors


Clare Nurton, Chairs of Governors, can be contacted via email through the 

Copies of the minutes of all governor meetings are available to read in the school office

Register of Business Interests

Schools are required to publish a register of governor business interests and attendance at full governing body meetings and committee meetings.

Register of Business Interests

Register of Business Interests

St Swithun's Governor Attendance 2022/23

Governor Attendance

St Swithun's Governor Attendance 2021/22

 Governor Attendance

St Swithun's Governor Attendance 2020/21

Governor Attendance

Governor Attendance

St Swithun's Governor Attendance 2018/19

Governor Attendance


What is our role?

Good governance at a school is of huge importance and can have a considerable impact on the success of a school.

At St Swithun’s, governors play an active role in school life, champion ambition and high educational standards and work in strategic partnership with the headteacher and staff to ensure our school continues to improve. Governors, as a corporate body, have a legal responsibility for the school.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one and its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for our school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

Governors have statutory responsibilities such as safeguarding, health and safety compliance, effective curriculum planning and delivery, equality, inclusion, admissions and attendance. Specific strategic responsibilities include headteacher recruitment, the school staff structure, performance management and pay, and oversight of the school budget. Our aim is to raise standards in the interest of continuous school improvement and becoming an outstanding school for all pupils, their parents and carers and the wider community.

Composition of the governing body

The governing body has representatives from parents, the Local Authority, teaching staff, the community and the Diocese. The St Swithun’s School Instrument of Government, a legal document that was made effective in 2005 and updated in 2015 following reconstitution of the Governing Body, records the body's composition as follows:

  • Headteacher (1)
  • Staff governor (elected from the staff, 1)
  • Parent governors (elected from the parent body, 4)
  • Co-opted governors (appointed by the governing body, 2)
  • Foundation governor (appointed by the Diocese, 3)
  • Local authority governor (appointed by the Local authority, 1).

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets ten times a year. Copies of the minutes of governor meetings are available to read in the school office.

Type of Governor

Mrs Sarah Brinkley



Dr Peter Burr

Vice Chair/Parent

 Literacy Link Governor


Finance & Safeguarding Link Governor

Mrs Charlotte Higgins



Local Authority


Mrs Caroline Knighton



Rev Samson Kuponiyi


Finance Governor

Mrs Emma Mills


 Wellbeing Link Governor

Mrs Clare Nurton


 Finance Governor

Mrs Hannah Russell Co-opted
 Health & Safety link; Co-Link Governor for play
Associate Member
Mr Jonathan Smith



Maths Link Governor

Mrs Fiona Sweeney


Inclusion Link Governor