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 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: Click here to view the Business Interest 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 – Co-opted Governor – First Term of office
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 – 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
Specific Responsibilities: School Improvement Committee & Parent and community Links Portfolio Holder
Pen Portrait: I have worked in education for 7 years now, originally as a Learning Support Assistant, progressing onto Assistant SENCo. I am currently embarking on a slightly different role within the school, undertaking my teacher training. I am a qualified safeguarding officer although currently not an active member due to studying. My passion is to ensure all children are included and are mindful of their well-being. Developing understanding of Autism and promoting sound mental health is a particular interest of mine. As a Hazeldown governor, I hold the Community and Parent Links portfolio and am part of 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.
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 have been a Governor at Hazeldown for more than five years, and I have 2 sons 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.
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 4. I have taught at Hazeldown for the past 6 years and have been lucky enough to teach in a number of year groups across the school. In addition to my class teacher responsibilities, I am also part of the STEM subject leader team, working alongside a team of subject leaders that want to create an engaging and diverse curriculum for every child. I have been a school governor for the past 2 years, and it is great to be part of the 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 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 – 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.
Peter Nottingham – Parent Governor – First Term of Office
Specific Responsibilities: Vice Chair & Finance Portfolio Holder
Pen Portrait: 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 – Parent Governor – First Term of Office
Specific Responsibilities: Safeguarding Portfolio Holder
Pen Portrait: I became a parent governor in November 2018 after my oldest son started in the foundation class. I grew up in Torbay and have now moved to Teignmouth. I work locally and will be using these skills as part of my responsibility for part of the safeguarding portfolio. I also have two younger sons who I hope will be attending Hazeldown next year having seen the excellent work being done in the school. Outside of this role we spend a lot of time as family on a variety of outdoor activities. My hobbies include football, mountain biking and squash.
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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 email@example.com. We will get back to you as soon as we can.