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Haydon Abbey School and Pre-School

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Meet our Governors

Rebecca Jackson - Chair


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.


Charlie Richards – Vice Chair, Chair Pupil, Pay & Progress Committee


I was elected as a Parent Governor in June 2012 and chair the Personnel, Pay and Pupil Matters Committee plus act as Vice Chair of Governors. I have spent my working life in Aylesbury and have a breadth of experience in people management, working on projects and acting as a relationship manager with clients. I became a Governor as I want to support children at the school and make sure that they all have a happy experience and are encouraged to progress and develop themselves as far as they can, and I believe the skills I have developed in my business life enable me to add value in this role. I’m committed to the continued positive progress of the school and am keen to get involved in school life; as well as attending Governor committee meetings, I visit the school regularly and also get involved in various PTA events spending 3 years as the PTA Treasurer.


Daniel Mace – Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee


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.


Sue Powell – Designated Safeguarding Governor & Committee Member


I first joined the Governors at Haydon Abbey more than 8 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. 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 Pay, Personnel and Pupil Matters Committees, and am the Designated Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection. All my professional work has been in Education. I retired 10 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.


Mrs Ejdowski - Headteacher


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 wellbeing 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 them. I am extremely proud of the way in which everybody is working here on a programme of rapid school improvement to enrich the learning experiences for our children. This change is continuous, partly driven by the rapid changes in the education system but also by the desire to ensure Haydon Abbey becomes the school of choice and focal point of our community. Our next project is the development of our pre-school, due to open Spring Term 2015, to meet the needs of two year old children in our community.


Matthew Riley - Chair of Finance Committee


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.


Sheila Syratt – SEN Governor & Committee Member


I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in June 2015 and have recently undertaken Induction Training to enable me to carry out the role of a Governor. During my working career I have been self employed, especially while my children were young, and have 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 encouraging ethos, whilst promoting high educational targets, to ensure our wonderful children thrive holistically and achieve their best possible outcomes.


Sarah Shepherd - Committee Member


Our team of Governors play an important part in ensuring that the strategic vision of the school is met through various different committees.  I have previously been Chair of Governors, chaired the Finance committee and was Vice Co Chair with my colleague Charlie Richards for a period of time. I have been a Governor at Haydon Abbey since 2010. I live in the Aylesbury areas and I work locally as a freelance tutor within the Adult Learning Sector. I previously spent 20 years working in the IT industry and I believe that the skills and work experience I have gained in life can add real value to the school. I enjoy working with the school and being part of a team that supports the staff in ensuring our children receive a high standard of education in a welcoming and nurturing environment.'


Vivian Capron - Committee Member


I joined Haydon Abbey as a NQT in September 2012. I am currently one of the Reception teachers and I have worked within the Early Sector for the past 20 years. Since joining Haydon Abbey 5 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 for our expanding Early Years Provision. One of my other responsibilities within my role at Haydon Abbey is Assessment Coordinator. As a Governor I sit on the Teaching and Learning committee and I report to the rest of the Governors about the children's progress and achievements throughout the school.