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Meet our Governors

Daniel Mace - Chair of Governors


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.


Judith 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 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.


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.


Viv Capron


I joined Haydon Abbey as a NQT in September 2012 and worked over the years as a class teacher throughout KS1. I had previously worked within the Early Years Sector for over 20 years. One of the most significant changes to our Early Years department has been the opening of the 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 was supported greatly in my continued professional development and my job role and responsibilities. In 2015 I became a member of the Senior Leadership Team as an Assistant Head. From 2017 I supported the Early Years team, as well as taking on the role of Key Stage One Phase Leader. 


Zhenya Price - Safeguarding

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.