Swing Gate Infant School and Nursery


The Governing Board is a group of people drawn from parents, staff and members of the local community.  Our role is to monitor, sustain and improve the overall performance of the school. Selection of staff, monitoring of the curriculum, review of school policies and maintaining the school premises are all functions of the Governing Board. Together with the Headteacher we have responsibility for the strategic direction of the school.

The Governing Board meets on a monthly basis to discuss strategic and operational matters concerning the school. In addition to the Governing Board we have a separate Pay Committee, made up of members of the Governing Board, who focus on both the teachers and the Headteachers performance and their pay and reward.  In addition, the committee will also review the financial controls within the school

If you would like to know more about the work of the governors or have any questions about becoming a Governor, please contact Natalie Crane or Anne McClean (Co-chairs of Governors) at chairofgovs@swinggate.herts.sch.uk.

Who are the Governors?

  • the Headteacher
  • parent governors elected by the parents of the school
  • governors co-opted by the Governing Body from the local community
  • local education authority (LEA) governors nominated by Herts County Council
  • staff governors nominated by the school staff.
Category Term of Office
Mrs Francesca Gallagher 01.09.16 -
Parent Governors
Amy Smith 06.11.20 - 05.11.24
Kylie Butcher 06.11.20 - 05.11.24
Michael Vibert 05.12.19 - 04.12.23
LEA Governors
Natalie Crane (Interim Chair of Governors) 10.11.17 - 09.11.21
Co-Opted Governors
Anne McClean (Vice Chair) 12.09.19 - 11.09.23
Howard Mason 01.08.18 - 31.07.22
Jennifer Sippings  01.08.18 - 31.07.22
Jayne Dunford 10.09.20 - 09.09.24
Lesley Culwick 09.10.20 - 08.10.24
Sarah Parry (also member of Staff) 02.08.17 - 01.08.21
Staff Governor  
Colette Marshall 20.03.17 - 19.03.21
Associate Governor
Carrie Hardwick (also member of Staff) 22.02.18 - 21.01.22
Megan Wickens 10.05.18 - 09.05.22
Clerk to the Governors
Jill Baxter


Click on the links below for further information:

Register of Governors interests

 Governors' Attendance document 2020-21

Governors’ Attendance document 2019-20

Governing Board Code of Conduct

Governors Terms of Reference

Governor Meeting Minutes are available on request.

Swing Gate Lane, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 2LJ

01442 863913