Meet our Governors


We are now part of Bradgate Education Partnership. Please click here to see Governance details for the Bradgate Education Partnership.


Hello, I am Ian Wilkinson and currently Chair of Governors at Swallowdale School. I I have been involved with the school both as a parent (my four children all attended the school) and governor for about 27 years.

There have been many changes, but throughout that time the welfare, safety and educational standards for our children have been uppermost in my mind. I am particularly proud that the last Ofsted inspectors recognised the quality of the school when it considered us to be ‘Outstanding’.

The school is fortunate in having a dedicated governing body, a group of individuals drawn from all walks of life and experiences. It is made up of elected parents, school staff and co-opted representatives who serve for a period of 4 years.

Our role is to work in partnership with the Head teacher to raise standards and performance at Swallowdale.

The Governor’s key responsibilities include;

· Ensuring that the school runs effectively and provides the best possible education for all pupils.

· Challenging and supporting the school to do better.

· Taking a strategic view, setting policies, plans and targets.

· Monitoring and evaluating results.

· Monitoring the school’s finances, including the annual budget and ongoing spend.

· Delegating enough power to the Head Teacher to run the school effectively.

In all this we are accountable for how the school is run to the parents and the Bradgate Educational Partnership trust.

To do this the governors meet as a full body at least once a term. Smaller, dedicated committees are involved in financial planning and auditing, the delivery of the curriculum and performance targets, health and safety and the development of Swallowdale’s staff. Strategic long term planning is carried out to ensure the success of the school as it faces the many challenges of the future.

What the Governors don’t do is to organise, manage or control the school on a day-to-day basis. This is the responsibility of the Head Teacher. We do not get involved in individual pupil issues unless there is a serious incident or an appeal. Community governors represent the interests of the wider community, while parent governors represent the interests of all the parents and not just their own children.

The governing body and Swallowdale’s dedicated staff have a close working relationship which enables us to pursue our common goal, the highest educational standards for your children.


If you would like to contact the Governors please send correspondance to:

Ian Wilkinson Chair of Governors 

Swallowdale School

Dalby Road

Melton Mowbray



The Governing Body

                                                                     Mcmillan         Ritchie           Thornley

                                                                        Mrs J McMillan                     Mr D Ritchie                        Mrs K Thornley

Declaration of Interests

Governance arrangements

News Bulletin

Please remember doors open in Key Stage 2 at 8.35am for registration at 8.45am and Key Stage 1 doors open at 8.50am for registration at 8.55am.


School Closes

School finishes Friday 12th October 



We are now part of the Bradgate Education Partnership. 

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Term Times

Autumn Term 2018

Tuesday 28th August

School closes Friday 12th October 2018

Half Term Monday 15th October to Friday 19th October

School closes Thursday 20th December

Spring Term 2019

School opens Tuesday 8th January 2019

Half Term Monday 15th February - Friday 22nd February

School closes Friday 12th April 2019

Summer Term 2019

School opens Monday 29th April

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May

School closes Thursday 23rd May

Half Term Friday 24th May to Friday 31st May

School closes Friday 13th July

Academic Term Dates 2019/2020