Meet our Governors
Information on our Governing Body
Our Governing Body has 9 members made up as follows:
2 Parent Governors
1 Headteacher Governor
1 Staff Governor
4 Co-opted Governors
1 LA Governor
We currently have vacancies for Parent Governors and LA Governor vacancy. If the role of School Governor may be of interest to you please contact the school office who will notify the Clerk to the Governors.
See below to learn more about our Governors through their brief ‘Pen Portraits’
I am Laura Parfitt and have been a Governor for 3 years. I have two children at the school and I am a secondary school teacher of languages. I hold the Curriculum portfolio. I enjoy swimming, rowing, drumming, singing and reading.
I live locally and both my children attended Hazeldown School and then Teignmouth Community College before going to university and starting professionally satisfying careers.
One of my grandchildren will be starting at the school in September.
I, therefore, appreciate the importance of ensuring that the local schools provide the very best education for the young people of Teignmouth.
I have been a member of the Governing Board since September 2001. Currently, I co-hold the portfolio for Safeguarding and chair both the Headteacher’s Appraisal Committee and the Pay Committee.
Sarah Leaman – Local Authority Governor
I have been in education for the last nineteen years and have served as a Governor for twelve years at three different primary schools. I am a Local Authority Governor but I also have a daughter who is a pupil in KS2 at Hazeldown.
Outside of my governor role, I am the Deputy Headteacher at a local primary school and teach Year 5/6 children. My specific professional interests and skills lie in the progress made by pupils (particularly those eligible for Pupil Premium), data analysis and the school curriculum. As a Hazeldown governor, my responsibility area is School Improvement and I am one of the named Safeguarding governors with Level 3 training.
Lee Goodenough – Associate Governor
I am currently one of the two Deputy Headteachers at Hazeldown and have worked at the school for the past three years, taking on the role of Associate Governor during my second year.
As well as being the Deputy Headteacher, I also have teaching commitments and have been teaching Year 6 groups for the last two years; from September I will be teaching a Year 4 class two days per week. Furthermore, I currently hold the SENDCo position, working closely alongside Kirsty Prentice, Assistant SENDCo, and Helen McManus, class teacher with the responsibility for SEND curriculum provision, to ensure that provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs is as effective as it possibly can be.
On a personal level, I am a passionate athlete – I captain a local football team and also enjoy running.
Before the birth of my children, I worked as a lawyer mainly for the public administration in Hungary. Since then I became a full-time mum. My husband is a lecturer at the University of Exeter. We are Hungarian and lived in several countries before settling in Teignmouth.
Our daughters have been very welcomed by Hazeldown School and I aim to feedback our international experiences into the education of all students. I would support and further the efforts of the school in providing a well-rounded, holistic education leading to a happy and successful life.
Stuart Ludford (Headteacher and Governor)
I have been headteacher at Hazeldown since January 2008 and have enjoyed working with all of the staff, parents, and children who have been part of the school community. I choose to be a governor, alongside my headteacher role as it is a key aspect of driving the strategic direction of the school. Being a headteacher-governor entails a balance and understanding of the role of the governing body and how I fit within it. I don’t hold a portfolio area but report on progress and outcomes across all areas of the school to each individual portfolio holder and the full governing body.
I enjoy and thrive on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life and am passionate about working towards high-quality education where each and every child reaches their full potential. Excellent outcomes for children are paramount and much wider than a single test figure. I firmly believe in the concept of ‘the whole child’ and inclusion. Crucial elements of education such as breadth of the curriculum, a wide range of opportunities and equipping children with the values, skills, and attributes that will enable success should be maintained whatever the educational climate throws at schools.
I live in Torbay – close enough to school but not too close to have children on the doorstep at the weekend! Out of school time, I enjoy family time with my own children, kayaking and mountain biking. As a family, we spend time camping and exploring in this country and abroad.
Christopher Tribble (Deputy Headteacher and Associate Governor)
I am currently a co-opted governor for Hazeldown and assist in leading the school as part of the Executive Leadership Team. As a father of two wonderful boys, I do try to provide a rounded view of education from both inside and outside of the profession, which is only furthered by being married to a teacher as well. I lead on areas in school including curriculum, IT capacity and learning, and longer-term strategy. I hold the N.P.Q.H. qualification and Specialist Leader in Education status which I try to utilise in driving Hazeldown forward for the betterment of our children.
I joined Hazeldown Governors in December 2016 as a co-opted Governor. Having two children at Hazeldown, I’m committed to supporting the school’s growth and seeing all of the children thrive within a healthy, dynamic educational setting.
Although my Governor role is focused on providing support to the operational and financial side of the school, I have to admit that my favourite part about being a Governor is the opportunity to attend Governor Curriculum Visits. During these school visits, I have a chance to observe the Hazeldown children within their learning environments – smiling, challenging themselves, exploring with their classmates and finding out about the world. It’s a treat to see!
Outside of my Governor role, I am Head of Marketing & Communications for an international technology company based in the South West. I’ve been in this role since 2015. Prior to that, I worked in Oxford for an international company for 10 years. Before Oxford, I spent 15 years in Chicago, the USA in various marketing and business development roles.
Dave Dawson – Co-opted Governor
I moved to the area 4 years ago after taking early retirement from a senior position in a multi-national building materials company.
During my years as a business manager, leading teams of people to achieve organisational goals, I came to realise how vital it is for young people to leave school/college / university with the necessary social and subject skills for life after education and to allow them to progress to a fulfilling career.
I have been a Governor since mid-2016 and from my involvement so far, I firmly believe that Hazeldown is committed to providing the very best outcomes for local children.
I am presently using the skills gained during my working life to hold the school Finance Portfolio and to help with, and constructively question, decisions relating to financial expenditure.
James Heike – Vice Chairman of Governors
As a parent governor, I have been at Hazeldown for several years and hold the position of Vice Chair. I live locally to the area having attended Stokeinteignhead Primary School, TCS and Plymouth University.
Following a transient career in construction, I have now settled back in Teignmouth with my young family. I have a background of over 20 years in construction management and a range of associated skills and qualifications. My hobbies include scuba diving, radio controlled aircraft, and D.I.Y.
Helen McManus – Staff Governor
Having joined the school as a teacher – with a passion for SEND – in 2014, I wanted to be able to ensure that all children that passed through the doors of Hazeldown School had the very best possible start with their education. In the Spring of 2016, I became a staff governor which has added a new dimension to my role and in turn aided me in being a part of creating further opportunities to make a difference. I enjoy and thrive on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life and I am passionate about high-quality education being readily available for every child to be able to reach their full potential; nothing but the best is good enough.
Our Current Governors are:
Community & Parent Links – Krisztina Bartus
Curriculum – Laura Parfitt
Finance – Mike Strickland, Dave Dawson, Sandra Reynolds-Chavasse
Health & Safety – James Heike (Vice Chair)
Inclusion/SEND/Pupil Premium (Vulnerable Pupils) – Helen McManus
Personnel – Sarah Leaman
Premises – James Heike
Safeguarding – Mike Strickland
School Improvement Plan – Sarah Leaman