Swaffham Bulbeck

Church of England Primary School

An Introduction to our Governors 

The Governing Body

Swaffham Bulbeck Church of England Primary School is a Voluntary Controlled school, which maintains close links to the Diocese of Ely through our three Foundation Governors.

 Our governing body is a voluntary group of local people, who are appointed for four-year terms of office. Governors represent parents, the local community, the Church, the Local Authority and staff. Our responsibilities include strategic planning and finance, helping to appoint our staff, oversight of child protection, behaviour and health and safety, and monitoring the school curriculum. We also focus on building and maintaining close relationships between the school, parents, the Church and the local community, and on maintaining our school vision and our inclusive, welcoming,supportive ethos.

Our governing body meets formally five times a year, and our three committees, the Finance & Property Committee, the Personnel Committee and the Teaching & Learning Committee, each meet termly to discuss matters in more detail. You will also see us regularly at school events.

Contacting the governors

The governors may be contacted at any time via our Clerk, Dee Colegate, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the school office. You can also contact the chair of governors - Chris Goodfellow, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We warmly welcome your comments and feedback about our school, and your involvement with the governing body.

Chris Goodfellow, Chair of Governors


Dee Colegate (Clerk)

Caroline Owen – Foundation Governor

I have lived in the Parish of Swaffham Bulbeck for over 50 years and attended the village school, as did my children and some of my nieces and nephews.
I have always valued the school as a real benefit to the children of the village. I believe early years education is so important to a child’s education and a small village school can provide an excellent start in a child’s education.
I am managing director of Scotsdales, which has three garden centres in the locality.  I also hold roles in the wider horticultural industry. I am a trustee of the Greenfingers charity which builds gardens in children’s hospices. I don’t have much spare time but when I do I most enjoy relaxing with my family.

Laurinda Vale - Co-opted Governor

I’m Mum to Lylha who is currently in Kingfishers (year4). I joined the governors because the school has gone above and beyond in supporting Lylha. Not only do I want to help give back to the school, but to (hopefully) be an asset to the school going forward. 
Lylha and I share our home in the village with 3 dogs; Nutmeg, Annatto and Bailey. 
Prior to motherhood I worked for many years as a Mortgage and Financial Advisor. Subsequently promoted, I spent a further couple of years as a manager for a well known Building Society. 
Since having Lylha I have studied English Literature with The Open University. Currently, I’m part way through a business and social media marketing course. In addition to freelance writing and blogging. 
In my spare time I love being with my family, the dogs and our friends. We enjoy the outdoors, geocaching, great food and watching the little ones in our family flourish. 

Rebecca Doggett – (Staff Governor)

I have been a teacher in the Early Years Centre at Swaffham Bulbeck since September 2014. I am now the Early Years Leader and English Co-ordinator, as well as currently studying for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination. Having worked at a number of schools before completing my teacher training, I whole-heartedly believe Swaffham Bulbeck is a school like no other. It’s uniqueness, nurturing and ‘family feel’ are what attracted me to the school as a Newly Qualified Teacher, and are also the reasons I choose the school for my daughter to attend. I am passionate about the journey our school is on, and want to be part of our on-going development; both in the classroom and in the wider strategic planning. Outside of school, I enjoy horse riding, going to the gym (weightlifting!) and spending quality time with my husband and two children, often venturing to our favourite beaches in Cornwall. 

Jane Greaves (Co-opted Governor)

I moved to Swaffham Bulbeck in 2017 and I have two girls who are both at the school. I currently work as a civil servant in Ofsted, and prior to this, I worked for a number of other government departments. Before my civil service career, I worked in public relations for 10 years for a number of arts and cultural organisations including the Natural History Museum. Outside of work, I enjoy sewing, cooking and trying to garden.