The Swan Trust

We are proud and excited to be part of The Swan Trust, a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), consisting of six local schools who believe that school to school support and collaboration will bring about improvements in the quality of learning for children in our area.

Our vision is to develop a successful partnership of schools that work together to celebrate success and to create opportunities for our children and staff that raise aspirations and inspire excellence for all.


Who are our partner schools in the Trust? 

Please click on the logo to see the website for each school:


Beaufort Primary School
The Oaktree School
The Hermitage School
Kingfield Primary School
Barnsbury Primary School
The Horsell Village Infant School

We continue to work closely together as part of the wider Woking Schools Learning Partnership (WSLP) of 33 schools.  We have worked more closely as a group of six schools since 2012 and became an Umbrella Trust in 2013.  We chose to formalise this relationship on 1st September 2019 as part of our long term commitment to work together and became a MAT continuing with our shared values and ethos.  This has also enabled us to expand and we welcomed the sixth school into our Trust on 1st October 2020.

How does it work?

The SWAN Trust (MAT) was registered formally with the Department for Education (DfE) on 1st September 2019.  Our aim is that our six schools, who share a child centered ethos, will continue to work effectively together to enhance the education of all the children in our care.

At the beginning of each school year, we share our school data and develop a shared improvement plan, which links to each of our School Development Plans. This action plan highlights the priorities for the Trust for the academic year and shows how we plan to use each school’s strength to support one another.

Priorities for 2020/21:

  1. To improve child outcomes, teaching, learning and assessment across The SWAN Trust, focusing on gaps that have arisen.
  2. To raise standards in leadership across The SWAN Trust.
  3. To further develop systems of rigorous evaluation between schools.
  4. To establish systems and structures across the MAT to enable us to become more efficient and effective.
  5. To continue to develop effective collaboration at all levels, including for staff and children.


Each year, we will engage in a range of activities to bring about school improvement linked to the annual priorities. These may include:

  • Shared training and INSET days
  • Sharing of best practice using each schools’ strengths
  • Action research in other schools investigating practice and impact for pupils
  • Peer coaching and support for staff at all levels
  • Leadership training including development of good governance practice
  • Initiatives which raise the quality of teaching and learning
  • Moderation of teacher judgements for pupil attainment and progress
  • Early Years development
  • Support for actioning of new government initiatives
  • Investigation into commissioning of a range of services, contracts and purchases as a group to provide better value for money

We will keep you updated of further developments through our newsletters. Over time, we hope to develop the range of activities we participate in, if you have any ideas for shared community events, please do let us know!

The SWAN Trust Members

The NGA (National Governance Association) describe Members as the ‘guardians’ of the governance of the Trust.  They are tasked with the role of ensuring the purpose of the Trust is being met.

Ian Girdler

(also Chair of Trust)

Michael WoodTina NowellBeryl HunwicksDavid Pugh

The SWAN Trust Trustees

The role of the Trustee is to be legally responsible and accountable for the performance of all academies within the Trust, to follow company and charity law.

Ian Girdler

(Chair of Trust)

Carol CheesmanMargaret GarnerJo MacDonaldDermot MainKate PrinceAlistair SmithElaine Cooper (CEO)

The SWAN Trust Office Team

While the company address currently remains at The Horsell Village School the offices are based at Beaufort Primary School.

Elaine Cooper

CEO (5 days a week)

Chief Executive Officer

Shanna Hall

CFO (3 days a week)

Chief Financial Officer

Nicky Dickens

Admin and Personnel

(4 days a week)

Natasha Parking

HR Support

(2 days a week)

The SWAN Trustee Board

The Constitution and Membership of the Trust Board

Governance is regulated by law, in particular the “School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowance) (England) Regulations” of 2013. Trustees are required to publish information about their board and Trustees, and also to declare any financial or other interest that could potentially lead to a conflict of interest.

Our Trust Board consists of eight Trustees.  Trustees are appointed to provide a broad and balanced group who have a wide range of skills.  Whenever possible Trustees are recruited for the skills and commitment they can bring that enhance the role of Trust Board.

Current Trustees, including those whose term of office has expired or who have resigned and left in the last twelve months, are listed in the table below.

The table provides the following information:

  • Trustee name
  • Start and finish date of the Trustee’s term of office
  • Attendance at Trustee meetings over the last twelve months and attendance record expressed
    as %
The SWAN Trust Board Meetings for the Academic Year 2019/2020
NameTrustee Board MeetingsStart of term of officeEnd of term of office
Ian Girdler  (Chair)üüüüüüü100%10/07/1910/07/23






üüüüüüü100%01/09/06Ex officio
Carol Cheesmanüüüüüüü100%10/07/1910/07/23
Margaret Garnerüüxüüüü86%10/07/1910/07/23
Yvonne Lawrencexüxüxxx29%10/07/19