Meet our Governors
Our governing body is formed of 10 governors drawn from staff, parents, local authority representatives and members of the local community. In addition to the appointed Governors we also have one Associate Governor from the Senior Leadership Team who inputs expertise to the business process but does not have voting rights on the Governing Board. Each governor serves a four-year term of office, which may be renewed by agreement, and is appointed to the full governing body. All of our governors are expected to abide by a Code of Conduct detailing their roles, responsibilities and the standards expected of them.
The Full Governing Board meets once each half term (with an additional house-keeping meeting in the Autumn term). The agenda is determined by the annual cycle of business and reports from portfolio holders and outcomes from the School Improvement Committee. The School Improvement Committee is scheduled to meet each half-term before the full board meeting. There are additional data meetings scheduled throughout the year where the governors meet with the school leadership team and subject leaders to scrutinise attainment and progress across the school
All governors are allocated to specific ‘portfolio’ responsibilities, usually aligned to their skills and experience, which require them to make regular visits to the school to sample practice, ask questions, evaluate evidence and identify next steps of school improvement. These regular and focused visits enable governors to work with the school leadership team to monitor standards and progress. Each of these roles is covered by comprehensive terms of reference which you can read by clicking on the links:
Terms of Reference:
Governors may also serve on a sub-committee which has specific terms of reference which you can read by clicking on the links:
Governors are representative of the local community and to ensure that their work is impartial a register of business interests is kept: Please click on this link to access the Business Interests register
Governors are also involved in the recruitment and appointment of staff and in OFSTED inspection visits and also attend Parents’ Evenings.
In order to ensure continued growth, governors have their own section within the School Improvement Plan which is reviewed at each full governing board meeting.
Meet our governors:
Sandra Reynolds-Chavasse – Co-opted Governor – First Term of Office
Specific Responsibilities: Chair of Governors, Headteacher’s Appraisal Committee & Vulnerable Pupils Portfolio Holder
Pen Portrait: 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 – First Term of Office
Specific Responsibilities: Joint Chair of Governors, Pay Committee & Finance Portfolio Holder
Pen Portrait: 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.
Sarah Leaman – Local Authority Governor – First Term of Office
Specific Responsibilities: Chair of School Improvement Committee, Headteacher’s Appraisal Committee & Safeguarding
Pen Portrait: 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.
Kirsty Prentice – Co-Opted Governor – First Term of Office
Specific Responsibilities: School Improvement Committee & Parent and community Links Portfolio Holder
Pen Portrait: I have worked in education for 6 years now, originally as a 1:1, progressing onto Assistant SENCo. I am autism and mental health lead and a named safeguarding officer for Hazeldown. My passion in school is to ensure all children are included and are mindful of their well-being. As a Hazeldown governor, my area of focus is Community and Parent Links and I am also on the School Improvement Committee.
I have 3 children, all currently or have previously, attended Hazeldown. Out of school hours I enjoy spending time with my family; camping, swimming or cycling. A new found hobby of mine is running, after being lucky enough to have had the opportunity to complete the London Marathon in 2017 and 2018.
James Heike – Co-Opted Governor – Second Term of Office
Specific Responsibilities: Health & Safety Portfolio Holder, Premises Portfolio Holder & Pay Committee
Pen Portrait: 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.
Laura Parfitt – Parent Governor – First Term of Office
Specific Responsibilities: Curriculum & School Improvement Committee
Pen Portrait: 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.
Kelly Harnett – Parent Governor – First Term of Office
Specific Responsibilities: Personnel Portfolio holder
Pen Portrait: I became a Parent Governor in January 2018. My knowledge and experience provided by career to date, has given me the opportunity to hold the Personnel Portfolio.
I have worked within the Dental industry for the last 15 years, within both clinical and management areas. My current role as Practice Manager combines, Personnel, Health and Safety, legislation, and areas of Finance. I feel this has given me the perfect opportunity to serve the school and the Governing board.
I am married with two young children; my son is currently attending Hazeldown and my daughter is still at nursery.
We enjoy family time together, dining out, exploring the great outdoors that the local area has to offer, and both watching and participating in Rugby!
Luke Pattison – Co-opted Governor – First Term of Office
Specific Responsibilities: School Improvement Committee & Safeguarding Portfolio Holder
Pen Portrait: My name is Luke Pattison and I am currently teaching within Year 2. I have taught at Hazeldown for the past 5 years and have been lucky enough to teach in a number of year groups across key stage 2 and more recently key stage 1. In addition to my class teacher responsibilities, I am also ICT leader, working alongside a team of subject leaders that want to create an engaging and diverse curriculum for every child. This is my first experience of being a school governor, and I am really excited to be part of this team and to see the impact that the governing body have on the school and the wider community. Outside of school, I enjoy playing rugby for Teignmouth Rugby Club.
Stuart Ludford – Headteacher
Pen Portrait: 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.
Lee Goodenough – Deputy Headteacher
Specific Responsibilities: Associate Governor & School improvement committee
Pen Portrait: 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 three. I currently hold the SENCo position, working closely alongside Kirsty Prentice, Assistant SENCo 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.
Peter Nottingham – Parent Governor – First Term of Office
Specific Responsibilities: Vice Chair & Finance Portfolio Holder
I have had many years running my own businesses, but latterly, and most enjoyably, as an importer and retailer of chocolate. I love the outdoor life and moved to Teignmouth in 2016 to take advantage of the sailing and other outdoor activities that were on offer.
My son attends Hazeldown and I am firm believer in education being the key to unlocking and achieving true potential. I became a Governor in 2018 and am involved in the finance portfolio. I recently became vice chair of Governors.
You will normally see me enjoying riding on my son’s scooter after dropping him off in the morning, just flag me down if there is anything you want to talk about.
Alexander Head – to follow shortly
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If you are interested in becoming a school governor, see this guidance from Devon County . If you would like to be considered as a governor then please access the documents below:
All new governors are supported in their work through an induction programme. All governors — both new and existing— are also provided with access to a range of training opportunities to keep them informed about their responsibilities and developments in education and to help them perform to the highest standard.
Governor skills and knowledge are regularly audited each year and a training and recruitment plan is drawn up to address any gaps as necessary.
Wherever possible, the governors aim to be a visible presence in school. We are always keen to speak to our parents, carers and children. Your thoughts and feedback are important to us. If you have any concerns or questions you would like to ask, you can often find one of us on the playground before or after school for an informal chat. Alternatively, you can leave a message in person, by phone or by letter through the school office. You can also contact governors by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you as soon as we can.