I have been a Governor at Haydon Abbey since June 2012, first as a parent Governor and now as a Co-Opted Governor. I was elected as Chair of Governors in October 2017. I have spent my working life in Aylesbury and have a breadth of experience in people management, project work and relationship building. I became a Governor as I want to support children at the school and ensure they have a happy experience, and are encouraged to progress and develop themselves as far as they can. I’m committed to the continued positive progress of the school and believe the skills I have learnt in business life will support me in doing this.
Being on the Governing Body at Haydon Abbey means making a difference to the education of the next generation and that is the main reason I am a part of it. My professional and technical qualifications and skills lie in the areas of Health, Safety, Welfare, Fire Safety and Environmental Management and I utilise these to assist the school in meeting it’s objectives in these areas and others to drive up standards and ensure we are meeting the pupils needs. I help our school set and achieve high targets for improving itself thereby ensuring all its pupils are able to meet their full potential whilst ensuring our standing within the community and reputation as a successful place to learn grows.
I joined the school as a Community Governor in 2012. Over the last year I have worked on the Finance and Teaching and Learning committee to build up my knowledge of Haydon Abbey which, where possible, I try to widen by coming into the school. As secondary teacher myself, this can be tricky to arrange! I am a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) in Slough, with a particular focus on Secondary Geography and Gifted and Talented. I also work as a Senior Examiner and Trainer for A-level. Driving all of this is my belief that school should be powerful means for all children to thrive and succeed, regardless of background or ability. I joined as a governor of Haydon Abbey to ensure I could share my expertise in the town I grew up in and still live in, with my wife and young son.
I first joined the Governors at Haydon Abbey more than 11 years ago, and within that time became Chairman, and had the pleasure to appoint Mrs Ejdowski. I took a short one and a half years' break, but am delighted to be back as a Local Authority Governor and have recently renewed my term of office. Since returning, I have noticed so much progress in the teaching, achievements of the children, and the buildings and equipment and I look forward, as a Governor, to support the Senior Team and staff in their work to maintain the progress. I am a member of the Teaching and Learning, and Resources Committees, and am the Designated Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection. All my professional work has been in Education. I retired 11 and a half years ago as the Headteacher at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School. I am passionate about education, and am delighted to be able to use my experience and skills to support the work at Haydon Abbey. Being retired enables me to visit regularly, and it is a joy to work with the children and spend time getting to know them.
I was appointed as Headteacher at Haydon Abbey School in the Autumn Term 2010 and my role is to report on matters of teaching and learning, school development and the well being of students, staff and parents to the Governing Body. I came into education as a mature person after previous careers in the police force and the care system. Since my appointment I have been totally committed to improving the school in order that our children can have the best outcomes possible. I am passionate about our school community and it is a real privilege to be involved with the school. I am extremely proud of the way in which everybody is working here on a programme of continuous school improvement to enrich the learning experiences for our children. Haydon Abbey is the school of choice and focal point of our community. The school continues to grow with the Pre-School and Nursery and current building work which will provide us with a much larger hall and three new classrooms.
Harrison Hillier - Deputy Headteacher
I have been working at Haydon Abbey since 2011 and through the years I have had many roles within the school from class teacher, PE coordinator, English coordinator, NQT mentor, GTP mentor and School Council. Currently I am the Deputy Headteacher in charge of Teaching and Learning, behaviour and assessment. I am very passionate about teaching and improving teaching in order to progress children’s learning. I enjoy challenge and feel as a Deputy Headteacher and Governor I can have a positive impact on the children in our community. In the years I have been here I have seen a huge change in the culture of the school. We are constantly improving and changing for the better. I am very proud to have been on the journey with Mrs Ejdowski and the Governors to getting our last Ofsted judgement of ‘Good’. I know that with continued hard work and the promoted shared values of resilience, honesty, wellbeing, respect and cooperation we can achieve so much more as a school.
I joined Haydon Abbey as a NQT in September 2012. I am currently one of the Year 2 teachers. Previously, I worked within the Early Sector for the 20 years. Since joining Haydon Abbey 6 years ago, I have seen many changes. One of the most significant changes to our Early Years department has been the opening of our Pre-School site, which opened in 2015 to support the community by offering school places for funded 2 year olds. Throughout my time at Haydon Abbey I have been supported greatly in my continued professional development and my job role and responsibilities have changed greatly. In 2015 I became a member of the Senior Leadership Team as an Assistant Head. From 2017 I am supporting the Early Years team, as well as taking on the role of Key Stage One Phase Leader. As a Governor I sit on the Resources committee.
Emma Bradley - Year 6 Teacher
I joined Haydon Abbey in 2015 where I worked in Reception for a Year before becoming Upper Key Stage 2 Phase Leader and Year 6 teacher. I have been teaching for almost ten years and have had experience of teaching in the Early Years, Key Stage One and both Lower and Upper Key Stage 2. As a Governor, I sit on the Teaching and Learning committee. When a Staff Governor position came up, I was excited to be able to represent the voice of the teachers and to make a difference to the teaching and learning opportunities of the children at Haydon Abbey School.
I joined the already excellent team of Governors at Haydon Abbey School and Pre-School in October 2015. I have spent several years in operational management roles across both the public and private sector in Buckinghamshire, including five years at Stoke Mandeville Hospital running multiple services. I currently work for an IT company, based outside High Wycombe, and manage our head office and key accounts. These roles have given me an excellent breadth in experience in people, performance and expectation management and I will endeavour to bring these skills to the role of Governor. I was born in Aylesbury and grew up through the towns’ education system. I sought the opportunity to become a Governor at a prestigious school in Aylesbury to allow me to give back to the education system I gained so much from.
I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in June 2015 and became the SEN Governor in 2016. During my working career I have been self employed, especially while my children were young, and worked within Industry, Local Government and the Third Sector. Before retiring I managed and developed a community care project which covered most of Bucks. I am also a Trustee of a county-wide Charity.
My wish is that the diversity of my experience and life skills will support the School in continuing with its caring and aspirational ethos. Whilst promoting high educational targets, that ensure all our wonderful children thrive holistically and achieve their best possible outcomes.
Charlotte Hart - Committee Member
Having two happy children currently attending Haydon Abbey, I have witnessed the caring and community spirited ethos of the school first hand. Inspired by this and with a wish to give something back, I joined their Board of Governors in September 2016. As well as offering a balanced parental perspective to the role, I also have previous experience in the areas of private banking and customer service, and feel that I can transfer the skills I have learnt to the role of a Governor. Being local to the Aylesbury area this role gives me a huge sense of purpose and allows me to pursue my passion for inspiring and encouraging young people whilst supporting the school, its staff, its children and their parents alike.
Aimi Wicks - Committee Member
I was appointed as Parent Governor in February 2017. I have a young son at the school who I have watched develop and grow in confidence and I felt that I wanted to contribute something back to the school and be part of a team that strives to ensure current and future pupils have a school where they can grow and be confident and receive the best education they can, hence my decision to become a governor. I was born in Aylesbury and even attended Haydon Abbey myself many years ago. I work in Facilities Management and I feel that I can use my knowledge and experience that I have built up over the last 12 years in my role as governor.
Zhenya Price - Committee Member
I joined Haydon Abbey’s governing board soon after my daughter started school here in September 2015. I was elected as a Parent Governor in June 2016 and appointed as a Co-opted Governor in September 2016. I have also undertaken various Induction Training courses to ensure I fulfill my role as a Governor to the best of my potential. I am also a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. I believe that my professional skills as coordinator of projects as well as parent who is hugely interested in school’s day-to-day life can contribute to the school’s development. Haydon Abbey School is a great place for community cohesion amoungst parents, teachers and other interested parties that make it a great educational place. I am very proud to be part of it and looking forward to watching it grow from strength to strength.