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Mrs Ellie Anderson

Mrs Hayley Buchan

Hayley trained at Liverpool John Moore’s University and qualified with a BA Hons in Drama. She immediately went into teaching as a Drama Instructor at an East Hull school and completed her teacher training under the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) in 2003.

She taught Drama in East Hull for 3 years before being promoted to Head of Subject in 2006.  Hayley led her students through a variety of extra curricular achievements whilst teaching, including a trip to Australia in 2007 with 60 students to perform in the Rock Eisteddfod.

In 2014 Hayley left teaching to pursue her passion of setting up a Community Theatre Company. She wrote her first play in 2016, which had three ‘sold out’ runs in the Hull area.

Hayley continues to develop links with Hull and East Riding schools through her work. She has two children in the school and has lived in Swanland for 7 years.

Mr Tom Farrow

Tom was born in Hedon, Hull but grew up in Hessle. He attended Hymers College from 1992 – 2002 and like most boys, wanted to be a footballer. Despite some trials at Hull City & Scarborough the dream soon passed and following A levels, he went to Newcastle University to study Economics & Business Management. In 2006, Tom received a 2:1 and with no clue what he wanted to do, decided to spend some time visiting the USA as well as a whirlwind tour of Europe. Almost immediately after returning, he began doing some part time coaching for a local football centre and before long, he was sports development coach at the East Riding of Yorkshire council. By 2008, Tom had set up his own business, Fit4Fun, with a close friend and they began a journey trying to engage children into different sports in their own unique way. 11 years later, Fit4Fun is operating in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Barnet & Hertfordshire with a team of 8-10 likeminded people. Tom is qualified in a wide variety of sports, has worked at Leeds United academy and delivered to children and adults ranging from 3-100 years old in 100’s of schools and clubs. Playing and working in sports has given him everything and is, without doubt, a huge part of his life.

At the end of 2018 Tom and his family moved to Swanland which has been a long term goal! They have thoroughly enjoyed their first year here and are absolutely delighted that they will be able to send thier daughter to the school in coming years. Tom hopes his background will be able to benefit the school and looks forward to the challenge the role brings.

Mr Rob Gallant

Mrs Jan Lilley (Chair of Governors)

Jan was very pleased to be appointed in 2019 as a governor on the local governing board of Swanland School and then at their meeting this during the Autumn Term of 2019, she was elected as chair of governors.

Jan's connection with Swanland and the school in particular goes back many years. Having lived in the village since early 1986, all of her children attended Swanland and South Hunsley schools. Just in case she didn’t have enough to keep her busy, she was a parent governor at both schools for a total of 16 years and chair of governors at Swanland for about 8 years!

For over 14 years Jan worked in the Local Authority’s School Governance Teams; firstly, at East Riding Council and then at Hull City Council, providing support and guidance to governors across all educational settings. 

Mrs Caroline Neadley

Caroline joined the local governing board in 2013 and has lived in East Yorkshire all her life other than a short spell attending University in Sheffield.  She now lives locally in Hessle and has two sons who attend Swanland Primary School.

Caroline is a qualified solicitor and works at local law firm, Rollits.  Caroline is very passionate about education and supporting the school in its strategic vision for the future.  She is also the leader governor for assessment and literacy and, since becoming a governor, she followed a number of classes through their journey at Swanland and has spent time with them in their classroom environment as well as joining them on their school trips, including a visit to the Houses of Parliament in London.  Caroline describes her volunteer role as a governor at Swanland School as very interesting and rewarding and says she particularly enjoys working alongside the staff at Swanland as they work hard to provide a happy and enjoyable learning environment for the children.

Mrs Sally Patrick

Sally trained at University College Chester and qualified with a BEd Hons; she specialised in Geography and Primary Teaching.  Her first teaching role was at an Outstanding school in Goole and she then joined Swanland Primary School seven years ago, where she has since taught in Year 3.  Initially, Sally had responsibilities for ICT, which developed into a Middle Leader Role for Knowledge and Understanding of the World when Curriculum 2014 was put into place.  She recently became Assistant Head with the role of developing the curriculum across the school.

Sally also has two children at the school and lives in the village.

Mrs Helen Sanderson

Helen was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire and has lived in Swanland give or take a couple of years since she was 7.

She has three children, all of whom are at Swanland School.  She was herself a pupil at Swanland Primary School.

She has worked for Humberside Police for 25 years beginning as a clerk/typist at Hessle Police Station in 1988 and working her way up to being a Manager of a Centralised Crime Input Bureau based at Queens Gardens Police Station in 1994. This was a new department where she was heavily involved in the recruitment, subsequent training and then development of the bureau.

In 2001 she took the step of joining as a police officer and has never looked back. She has been extremely fortunate to have worked in various departments from Family Protection to Major Incident Teams dealing with Homicide and Cold Case Reviews. The majority of her service was in Scunthorpe and surrounding areas and with the Major Incident Team she worked most of the force area. She is a fully qualified CID officer and Family Liaison Officer which involves dealing with families affected by homicide.

Helen was promoted to Sergeant in 2009 and since that time has been based at Goole Police Station working full time shifts as a front line Incident Response supervisor, often covering half, if not all of the East Riding of Yorkshire!

She would love to tell you what she does in her spare time, but when she's not at work and with her family, generally she sleeps!

Helen is very much looking forward to being involved with the school and working as a Parent Governor and hopes that the skills she has acquired throughout her life will be an asset.

Miss Hannah Stephenson

Hannah was born in East Yorkshire and attended school in Lockington and Beverley.  After school she attended Bishop Grosseteste University College in Lincoln to do her teacher training qualification achieving a BSc Hons in Science with QTS for the Primary Age. 

Following university, Hannah worked in Hull as a teacher for 6 years before leaving to carry out a volunteer project in Malawi before travelling in Australia and New Zealand for 6 months. 

When she returned from travelling she joined Swanland Primay School as a classroom teacher.  After 3 years, she became a member of the Senior Leadership Team and then in April 2016 was appointed as Head of School when she also became a member of the Local Governing Body.

Mrs Suzi Storr

Suzi grew up in Sproatley, East Yorkshire and attended school there and in Preston.  Following on from a BA Hons degree in Applied Social Science, Suzi completed a Primary PGCE at the University of Hull. She spent several years teaching in Hull, leading the Curriculum for PE and ICT in school.  Beginning her teaching career with a Year 6 class, Suzi taught all age groups within Key Stage Two and also took the opportunity to gain experience in Key Stage One and EYFS.

Following several years of teaching, Suzi spent a year with the Hull City Council Health in Schools team, working as a Health in Schools Consultant, supporting schools in their delivery of PSHE and policy development, delivering training to school staff, working with health data for the city and further developing her own passion for pupil health and wellbeing. 

Suzi began to work at the University of Hull in 2013 as a Partnership Area Tutor within Teacher Education.  This involves working with schools and trainees during school placement periods, delivering PSHE workshops and support tutorials. In 2016, Suzi also became the Year 2 School Experience Co-ordinator, managing and supporting Year 2 Undergraduate students whilst on their teaching placements. Suzi’s particular academic interests are focused around child health and wellbeing as a pre-requisite for successful education and personal achievement.

Suzi has two daughters, who both attend Swanland Primary School. Her spare time is spent with family and friends, walking with her dog, Hendricks, and taking her girls to various local activity clubs. 

Mr Chris Wainman

Chris spent the 1990s as a pupil at Hull Grammar School and studying Geography at Leeds University.  After two years as a Market Analyst in Leeds, Chris completed his teacher training (PGCE) at the University of Sheffield.  His first teaching job was at Bolton School, before he returned to Hull Grammar School as the Subject Leader of Geography.  He joined Hull Collegiate School in 2005 as Head of Year 10 and Geography.  Chris has enjoyed various roles including, Head of Sixth Form, Assistant Head and Senior Deputy Head.  Chris is looking forward to taking up the role of Headmaster at Silcoates School, Wakefield from September 2021.  He has a Master of Arts (MA) focused on Educational Leadership and Innovation from Warwick University and a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) from University College London.  He is a director and founder of the international award-winning Safi Coffee CIC.  Chris is married and his three sons are at Swanland Primary School.  Chris hopes that his skills and experience can be of some use to the Swanland School Community.

Swanland Primary School

Tranby Lane, Swanland, East Yorkshire, HU14 3NE

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