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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


At Chopwell Primary School, we have a very proactive Governing Body that is committed to maintaining and raising standards across every aspect of school life.


Please see below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor and a bit about our background and experience. 


Name Category Position  Term of office Attendance at FGB meetings
Mrs Elizabeth Sillence Co-opted Chair 05/01/2015  01/05/2019 3/3
Cllr Lynne Caffrey LA Vice Chair 07/09/2009  01/05/2019 1/3
Mrs Victoria Bruce Head Teacher Head Teacher 01/09/2017   3/3
Mr Jonathan Coates Co-opted   16/10/2013  01/05/2019 2/3
Mrs Jean Dixon Co-opted   24/03/2010  01/05/2019 3/3
Mrs Lyndsey Dodd Co-opted (Staff)   03/07/2008  01/05/2019 3/3
Ms Amara Chappell Parent   01/10/2018 01/10/2022 0/1
Mrs Michelle Hutton Parent   01/10/2018 01/10/2022 1/1
Mr Peter Ward Co-opted   08/10/2005  01/05/2019 3/3
Mrs Marie Dixon Staff Governor   21/11/2017  21/11/2019 2/3
Mrs Susan Wilkinson Co-Opted   4/2/2019 4/2/2023 1/1

Mrs Liz Sillence

I have been a governor at Chopwell for 6 years, first as a parent governor and now as a co-opted governor. I work in Higher Education and love to see the enthusiasm the children have for learning at Chopwell Primary. As a governor, my role is to provide support and challenge to help continue driving the school forward enabling every child to reach their potential.

Cllr Lynne Caffrey

Mrs Victoria Bruce

I joined Chopwell Primary as Head teacher in September 2017 having worked in several other schools. I'm passionate about providing the best education possible for the children here, ensuring they leave us as well rounded individuals, ready for life ahead. I work closely with a very proactive governing body who provide support and challenge.

Jean Dixon


I have worked at the school as a Midday Supervisor for 30 years and been governor for 20. I was born and bred in village went to old school myself, remembering many happy times there. I've seen many changes over the years, watching and helping the school to grow. I've loved every minute.

Mr Jonathan Coates

I have been a governor here since 2013, initially as a staff governor and now as a co-opted governor. From 2012-2017, I worked as the School Business Manager and oversaw big changes in IT infrastructure, Sports Centre building and set up the Treetops Nursery. I also project managed three playground redevelopments and the Forest School area. It gives me great pleasure knowing that this legacy will serve the children of Chopwell for many years to come. In my role as a governor, I will continue to support and lead the school through future challenges and provide advice and guidance along the way.