Meet our Governors
Our governing body is formed of 11 Governors drawn from staff, parents, local authority representatives and members of the local community. In addition to the appointed Governors we also have 3 Associate Members of the Board, two of whom are from the Senior Leadership Team. They input expertise to the business process but do 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 (“FGB”). All of our Governors are expected to abide by a Code of Conduct detailing their roles, responsibilities and the standards expected of them.
Details about each of our Governors are provided below. Further information about the Governing Body and it structure and operation is provided on the Governor Information page.
Sandra Reynolds (Co-Chair) – Co-opted Governor (first Term of Office)
Dave Dawson (Co-Chair) – Local Authority Governor (second Term of Office)
Stuart Ludford – Headteacher
James Heike (Vice Chair) – Co-opted Governor (second Term of Office)
Kirsty Prentice – Parent Governor (first Term of Office)
Laura Parfitt – Parent Governor (first Term of Office)
Kelly Harnett – Parent Governor (first Term of Office)
Jasmine Banning – Staff Governor (first Term of Office)
Ruth Walters – Co-opted Governor (first Term of Office)
There is currently one vacancy for a Parent Governor. If you are interested in becoming a Parent Governor, please contact either Stuart Ludford (Headteacher) or Tim Synge (Clerk to the Governors) for further information.
Lee Goodenough – Associate Member (Deputy Headteacher)
Kit Hardee – Associate Member (Assistant Headteacher)
Sarah Leaman – Associate Member (Deputy Headteacher of Watcombe Primary School)
About our Governors
Sandra Reynolds – Co-opted Governor
Specific Responsibilities: Co-Chair of Governors, Vulnerable Pupils Portfolio Holder, Chair of School Improvement Committee
Pen Portrait: I joined the governing board in 2016 as a co-opted Governor and have two children at Hazeldown.
It has been a pleasure to be a governor for the last several years. The school has a fantastic group of children, teachers, staff and extended family members within its warm and welcoming community. Hazeldown’s teaching ethos and strong social values create such a solid foundation to prepare our children for their future beyond Hazeldown.
I currently act as Co-Chair of Governors alongside fellow governor, Dave Dawson. I am also the lead on the Vulnerable Pupils Portfolio and Chair the School Improvement Committee.
I am deeply committed to supporting the school’s objectives to build a healthy, dynamic learning environment for each and every child at the school.
Dave Dawson – Local Authority Governor
Specific Responsibilities: Co-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.
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.
James Heike – Co-opted Governor
Specific Responsibilities: Vice Chair, 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.
Kirsty Prentice – Parent Governor (previously a co-opted Governor)
Specific Responsibilities: School Improvement Committee & Parent and community Links Portfolio Holder
I have worked at Hazeldown School for 7 years now, originally as a Learning Support Assistant progressing on to Assistant SENCo. Last year, I completed the PGCE route (with the support of the school) and am now a class teacher in Year 5. I am a qualified safeguarding officer although currently not an active member of the safeguarding team.
My passion is to ensure all children are included and are mindful of their well-being. Developing an understanding of Autism and promoting sound mental health is a particular interest of mine.
As a governor for Hazeldown School, I hold the Community and Parent Links portfolio and am a member of the School Improvement Committee.
I have three children, all currently, or have previously, attended Hazeldown School. Out of school hours, I enjoy spending time with my family; camping, walking the dogs on the beach or cycling.
Laura Parfitt – Parent Governor (previously a co-opted Governor)
Specific Responsibilities: Curriculum & School Improvement Committee
Pen Portrait: I have been a Governor at Hazeldown for more than eight years. I have a son in Key Stage 2. I love being a part of such a warm, welcoming community school and especially enjoy the many occasions when parents are invited in to take part in activities with our children; when I am able to. I have been a secondary school languages teacher for 18 years and during that time I have also enjoyed outreach work teaching in primary schools. I am passionate about the education of our young people, and creating an environment where they can really flourish. We are a family of five which keeps us very busy but I do find time to enjoy rowing, swimming and singing in a capella group.
Kelly Harnett – Parent Governor
Specific Responsibilities: Personnel Portfolio holder, Head Teacher Appraisal Committee
Pen Portrait: I became a Parent Governor in January 2018. My knowledge and experience provided by my career to date, has given me the opportunity to hold the Personnel Portfolio.
I have worked within the Dental industry for the last 16 years, within both clinical and management areas. My current role as Practice Manager combines, Personnel, Health and Safety, legislation, and areas of Finance. This has given me the perfect opportunity to serve the school and the Governing board.
I am married with two young children. Both Children attend Hazeldown Primary School, one in key stage 1 and the other in key stage 2.
During my time on the governing board it has provided me a with a different insight into the school from a parent’s perspective. I am proud of the ethos of the school, its ‘Super North Star’ approach with the focus and direction that all members of the Hazeldown family strive to achieve for our children. The emphasis on achieving the future aspirations of our children are clear for all to see throughout the school.
On a personal note, As a family we enjoy coaching and playing Rugby, as well as watching! Family time, includes wellie walks, exploring the beach as well as our beautiful countryside.
Jasmine Banning – Staff Governor
Specific Responsibilities: To be allocated
Pen Portrait: I have worked at Hazeldown for 2 years as a class teacher in the Foundation Stage. I was lucky enough to start my career at Hazeldown as a student teacher in Year 1. I am also the Art and Design Subject Leader and enjoy organising exciting art activities for children across the school.
I have a passion for the Early Years Foundation Stage and take pride in supporting our youngest children to achieve their very best. I am always looking for new ways to enhance the provision and enjoy creating interesting lessons that foster a love of learning in our pupils.
I was born and raised in Teignmouth and enjoy living by the the seaside. Out of school time, I enjoy supporting my local football team, dog walks and spending time with my family.
Ruth Walters – Co-opted Governor
Specific Responsibilities: To be allocated
Pen Portrait: I became a Governor in March 2021 as I live in Teignmouth and wanted to get more involved in the local community.
Having been a primary school teacher, and supported adults on probation who often missed out on their childhood education, I’ve seen first-hand the importance of a good education. I am currently doing national policy work for the prison and probation service.
On the home front, I live with my dog, son and husband (yes, the dog comes first). We all love living in Teignmouth and having the moors so close by too. I am also in a virtual choir and, like so many, discovered during lockdown that I enjoy a bit of crafting.
Lee Goodenough – Associate Governor – Deputy Headteacher
Specific Responsibilities: Associate Governor & School improvement committee
Pen Portrait: I am the Deputy Headteacher at Hazeldown and have worked at the school since 2014, when I initially joined as Assistant Headteacher. I have been a member of the governing board – in an Associate Governor capacity – since 2015.
Within the school, I currently have a non-teaching role so am fortunate enough to spend time working in classes across the school to support our teachers with providing the best possible opportunities for our children. As designated teacher for Children in Care, and Pupil Premium Lead, I also work closely with some of our most vulnerable pupils.
As a leader, I am always looking for ‘marginal gains’ – areas where small tweaks to our provision can transform practice and have significant positive impacts on our pupils’ experiences and outcomes. I believe that having high expectations of pupils is vital in helping them to fulfil their potential and have initiated the introduction of the ‘Growth Mindset Theory’ and the ‘Compass for Life / Super North Star’ concepts within the last few years. I am also a keen advocate of the importance of positive teacher:pupil relationships and promote the fact that every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can be.
I love the variety of primary school life and the fact that no two days are ever the same!
Outside of school, I love spending time with my wife and two primary-aged children. I am also a passionate athlete and enjoy playing football for a local, Torbay-based, team.
Kit Hardee – Associate Governor – Assistant Headteacher
Pen Portrait: I am really enjoying my role as the assistant headteacher at Hazeldown, which started in September 2019. Previously, I have been part of Hazeldown’s leadership team in my role as an upper key stage 2 team leader and have taught pupils predominately in year 6. Since joining the school in 2015, I have thrived as part of a successful leadership team who have had, and continue to have, a passion and determination to drive the school forwards- always looking for new ways to give our children the best possible opportunities within their education and to train them to have vital lifelong skills and learning attitudes.
I am extremely passionate about supporting, developing and inspiring all staff to excel in their careers and look forward to what the future holds. I am also the initial teaching training coordinator which involves the development of trainee teachers and liaising with three universities.
On a personal note, I am a keen footballer and, after having a semi-professional music career, I am now a drummer in a local covers band.
Sarah Leaman – Associate Governor
Pen Portrait: Sarah is Deputy Headteacher at Watcombe Primary School and brings a wide range of skills and expertise in primary education to the activities and decision making here at Hazeldown.
Join the team
As at Summer Term 2021, the School has one vacancy for a parent governor and one vacancy for a co-opted governor. If you are a parent of a child at Hazeldown and you are interested in contributing to the work of the Governing Body, please contact either Stuart Ludford (Headteacher) or Tim Synge (Clerk to the Governors; contactable at firstname.lastname@example.org) for an informal chat. If you do not currently have a child at the School but you feel that you can support the Governing Body by sharing your links with the local community, whether through local government, local business activity or other connections with Teignmouth/Teignbridge, then we would be pleased to hear from you. If you are interested in becoming a school governor, see this guidance from Devon County Council. If you would like to be considered as a parent governor, then please also look at the documents below:
Parent Governor nomination form
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 email@example.com. We will get back to you as soon as we can.