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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
Cllr Michael McNestry LA Chair 01/09/1997  01/05/2019 3/3
Cllr Lynne Caffrey Co-opted Vice Chair 07/09/2009  01/05/2019 2/3
Mrs Victoria Bruce Head Teacher Head Teacher 01/09/2017   2/2
Mr Jonathan Coates Co-opted   16/10/2013  01/05/2019 3/3
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
Mrs Lindsay Foster Parent   05/01/2015  05/01/2019 0/3
Mrs Elizabeth Sillence Co-opted   06/01/2011  01/05/2019 3/3
Mrs Chris Thevar Parent   21/11/2014  21/11/2018 0/3
Mr Peter Ward Co-opted   08/10/2005  01/05/2019 3/3
Mrs Marie Dixon Staff Governor   21/11/2017  21/11/2019 2/2
Cllr Michael McNestry - Chair of Governors


I have been the Chair of Governors here at Chopwell Primary for over thirty years and a member of the Council's cabinet since 1999 with responsibility for adult social care and disabilities. As Chair of governors my role is to provide support and challenge to help the school go from strength to strength. 


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. 

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.