We are delighted to confirm that on September 1st 2016, Swillington Primary School converted into Academy status alongside some of our Trust partner schools, supported by our own Multi-Academy Trust – The Brighshaw Learning Partnership (BLP). Please visit the Brigshaw Learning Partnership website to find out about the Board of Directors and view the Trust’s Governance and Financial information.

Each school continues to have its own headteacher and local governing body, and the Brigshaw Learning Partnership Board, which is now responsible for all of our schools, contains representatives from across our community, as well as very experience and skilled people who share our values.

There are 10 members of the Local Governing Body (LGB) of the school:

  • 1 Headteacher
  • 2 staff
  • 2 Elected Parents
  • 5 Trust Appointed Community Governors

All Governors (except the Headteacher and Head of School) are elected for a period of 4 years. They meet at least 5 times per academic year to receive reports on the financial management of the school, curriculum development, premises, health and safety and staffing issues. They are also responsible for ensuring the school is improving in line with the priorities in the School Development Plan.

The Governors make available to parents an annual report to inform them about the progress of the school and providing the opportunity to raise any issues with the Governors.

Through the Governing Body, there are links with the Board of Directors of the Brigshaw Learning Partnership.

Governing Body

Mr Phil Cook - Chair of Governors

Term of office: 26/05/2010 - 26/05/2022

Appointed By: Governing Body / Board

Special Responsibilities: Performance Management and Complaints

Class link: Maths

Contact Address: Phil Cook, Chair of Governors, Swillington Primary School, Church Lane, Leeds, LS26 8DX

Mrs Sallie Elliott

Term of office: 01/04/2013

Appointed By: Ex-Officio by Virtue of office

Contact Address: Sallie Elliot, Headteacher, Methley Primary School, Savile Road, Mickletown, Leeds, LS26 9HT

Mr Mark Cahill

Term of office: 01/09/2020

Appointed By: Ex-Officio by Virtue of office as Headteacher

Contact Address: Mark Cahill, Headteacher, Swillington Primary School, Church Lane, Leeds, LS26 8DX

Mrs Maria Milner

Term of office: 01/09/2016 – 01/09/2024

Appointed By: Governing Body / Board

Special Responsibilities: Pupil Support & Safeguarding

Class Link: Year 6

Ms Hannah McEvoy

Term of office: 01/12/2017 – 01/12/2021

Appointed By: Elected by School Staff

Mr David Unsworth – Vice Chair

Term of office: 20/02/2018 – 20/02/2022

Appointed By: Governing Body / Board

Special Responsibilities: Policy

Class Link: Year 5

Ms Miriam Watson-Pratt

Term of office: 01/12/2015 – 01/02/2023

Appointed By: Governing Body / Board

Special Responsibilities: Race Equality and Special Educational Needs

Class Link: Year 3

Mrs Melissa Bentley

Term of office: 23/02/2019 – 23/02/2023

Appointed By: Elected by Parents

Special Responsibilities: English

Class Link:

Mr Jonathan Thornton

Term of office: 03/03/2019 – 03/03/2023

Appointed By: Elected by Parents

Special Responsibilities: Community, Health and Safety

Class Link:

Miss Nadine Steadman

Term of office: 05/10/2021 – 04/10/2024

Appointed By: Elected by staff

Historic Governors:

Mr Mobasher Mir: 27/06/2018 – 31/08/2021

Fiona Titterington: 01/04/2015 - 30/07/2019

Gemma Stone: 20/02/2018 - 01/12/2019

Cllr Mark Dobson: 29/07/2010 - 31/08/2020


Term dates 2022-23

Holiday Dates

Term Dates

Autumn Term 1

Tuesday 6 September to Friday 21 October

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Monday 20 Feb to Friday 31 March

Wednesday 4 January to Friday 10 February

Monday 31 October to Friday 16 December

Monday 17 April to Friday 26 May

Spring Term 2

Christmas Holidays

Monday 19 December to Monday 2 January

Half Term

Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October

Half Term

Monday 13 February to Friday 17 February

Summer Term 1

Easter Holidays

Monday 3 April to Friday 14 April

Summer Term 2

Half Term

Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June

Summer Holidays

Wednesday 26 July to Friday 1 September

Monday 5 June to Tuesday 25 July

Our Aims & Values

Success and Respect for All.

We exist to provide a cradle-to-career education that allows our children to enjoy lives of choice and opportunity.

Our pupils uphold our values by:

Stay Safe

  • Follow school rules
  • Wash our hands regularly
  • Helping others in need
  • Crossing roads carefully
  • Reporting things online we do not like
  • Don't talk to strangers

Respect our environment

  • Keeping our classrooms/ work spaces tidy
  • We don't ignore it, e.g. untidy lockers
  • Using the correct bins for recycling
  • Looking after our school chickens
  • Helping our parents at home to keep the house tidy

Imagine the possibilities

  • Ask questions
  • Think about what job/career I want when I am older
  • Take part in a range of school clubs
  • If we work hard... anything is possible
  • Taking part in visits


  • Be kind to others
  • Positive language
  • Equality for all
  • Understand change may happen
  • Welcome new friends to our school
  • Positive mindset
  • Being kind to our siblings at home

Application timetable

The below timetable applies to applications made to Leeds City Council. If you apply to another local authority, they may have different dates

Admissions Timetable (2023 start)
Applications Open
1 November 2022
Deadline date for applications for Reception places in September 2022
15 January 2023
Late applications
12 February 2023
National Offers Day
17 April 2023
Deadline date for parents wishing to lodge an appeal (please return appeal forms to the academy)
16 May 2023
Date on which Year Reception appeal hearings will be held
June – July 2023
Appeal decision letters to be sent
Within 5 working days from date of hearing wherever possible

We would love to hear from you.

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