Key Documents

Our Local School Committee

Our Local School Committee are volunteers, parents, staff and Trust Governors who know the school and its values and ethos well. They are responsible for maintaining and improving the standard of achievement of pupils and the conduct of the school, and do this by providing support and challenge to the Headteacher. The role is that of a critical friend and will always act in the best interests of all pupils at the school.

Swillington Primary School converted into Academy status in 2016, alongside some of our Trust partner schools, supported by our own Multi-Academy Trust – The Brigshaw 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. The BLP Board, which is responsible for all of our schools, contains representatives from across our community, as well as very experienced and skilled people who share our values.

How our Local Governors are appointed

Parent Governors are elected by the parents of pupils in school

Community/Trust Appointed Governors are appointed by the Brigshaw Learning Partnership

Staff Governors are elected by the staff of the school

Associate Members are appointed by the Local School Committee and work in an advisory capacity. Associate Members have no voting rights

The Headteacher holds an ex-officio position

Local School Committee Governors

Mr Phil Cook - Chair of Governors

Term of office: 26/05/2010 - 26/05/2024

Appointed By: Governing Body / Trust 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

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

Ms Hannah McEvoy

Term of office: 01/12/2017 – 01/12/2025

Appointed By: Elected by School Staff

Mr David Unsworth – Vice Chair

Term of office: 20/02/2018 – 20/02/2026

Appointed By: Governing Body / Board

Special Responsibilities: Policy

Class Link: Year 5

Ms Miriam Watson-Pratt

Term of office: 01/12/2015 – 01/02/2027

Appointed By: Governing Body / Trust Board

Special Responsibilities: Race Equality and Special Educational Needs

Class Link: Year 3

Mrs Katie Kielty

Term of office: 03/09/2022 – 03/09/2026

Appointed By: Governing Body / Board

Special Responsibilities: Safeguarding, English

Miss Julie Smith

Term of office: 15/07/2023 – 15/07/2027

Appointed By: Elected by Parents

Special Responsibilities: Parent Governor

To contact our Governors, please email and mark for their attention or telephone 0113 286 3220

Historic Governors

Miss Nadine Steadman 05/10/2021 – 01/09/2023

Mrs Maria Milner 01/09/2016 – 01/09/2023

Mrs Melissa Bentley 01/01/2019 – 01/07/2023


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 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 provide the opportunity to raise any issues with the Governors.

Through the Local School Committee, there are links with the Board of Directors of the Brigshaw Learning Partnership.

Please follow this link to view our governors at Swillington Primary School.

Meetings 2023-24

Local School Committee Meetings

  • Monday 2nd October 2023
  • Thursday 30th November 2023
  • Tuesday 19th March 2024
  • Tuesday 9th July 2024

Challenge Days

  • Friday 26th January 2024
  • Friday 26th April 2024

Term dates 2023-24

Holiday Dates

Term Dates

Autumn Term 1

Monday 4 September to Friday 27 October

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Monday 19 February to Thursday 28th March

Monday 8 January to Friday 9 February

Monday 6 November to Friday 22 December

Monday 15 April to Friday 24 May

Spring Term 2

Christmas Holidays

Monday 25 December to Friday 5 January

Half Term

Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November

Half Term

Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February

Summer Term 1

Easter Holidays

Friday 29th March to Friday 12 April

Summer Term 2

Half Term

Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May

Summer Holidays

Monday 22 July to Friday 30 August

Monday 3 June to Friday 19 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 (2024 start)
Applications Open
1 November 2023
Deadline date for applications for Reception places in September 2024
15 January 2024
Late applications
12 February 2024
National Offers Day
16 April 2024
Deadline date for parents wishing to lodge an appeal (please return appeal forms to the academy)
14 May 2024
Date on which Year Reception appeal hearings will be held
June – July 2024
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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