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Meet our Governors

Daniel Mace - Chair of Governors

I joined the school as a Community Governor in 2012. 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 children. Since 2012 I have worked on the Resources Committee and chaired the 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 a secondary teacher myself, this can be tricky to arrange! I am an Assistant Headteacher of a large secondary selective school in Slough. My particular background is in Geography, provision for more able students and developing the role of technology across the school. I also work as a Senior Examiner and Trainer for A-level. Driving all of this is my belief that school should be a powerful means for all children to thrive and succeed, regardless of background or ability.


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

Prior to working at Haydon Abbey, I worked in the Early Years sector for 20 years. I was at Haydon Abbey for nearly 10 years. I joined Haydon Abbey as a Newly Qualified Teacher in September 2012 and, over the years, worked as a class teacher throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1. In 2015 I became a member of the Senior Leadership Team as an Assistant Headteacher. From 2017 I supported the Early Years team, as well as taking on the role of Key Stage One Phase Leader. My specialism is Early Years Education and I played a key role in setting up the Haydon Abbey Pre-School. I became a staff governor for the school in 2015. When I left the school in 2020 to bring up my daughter, I wanted to stay on as a governor so that I could still be involved in supporting all the amazing work the school does whilst also enabling me to put my background in Early Years and teaching to good use.


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.


Gregg McCann 

I was delighted to be accepted onto the Governing Body in the autumn of 2021. With two children within the school and nursery at Haydon Abbey, being a Governor enables me to have a direct involvement with life at the School. I have been the Admissions Officer for an Independent School since May 2013 and have worked within Independent Education since October 2011. Prior to this I worked within the Film and Television Industry for 7 years. As a mature student, I graduated from the Open University in October 2020 with a Degree in Business Practice. I hope my varied professional experience and skills provide a positive input to the Governing Body. I look forward to being part of the school's future strategic development and providing the best opportunities possible for all the children at Haydon Abbey.


Steven Partridge

I joined Haydon Abbey School governing board in December 2021. I live in Aylesbury and have a daughter currently attending the school. Haydon Abbey is a great school and is a real asset to the community. The school is continuously improving and I jumped at the opportunity to join the board to help sustain the momentum. My education includes a degree in Environmental Science which I use in my current role as a Project Manager for a geo-environmental consultancy in Stoke Mandeville. I firmly believe that providing children with a well-balanced and well-rounded education is vital and the time children spend at primary school forms the foundation for their future years. I will use my professional skills and life experiences to play my part to ensure the children of Haydon Abbey continue to be provided with the best environment for learning under the stewardship of the senior leadership team and governors.


Tom Elliott

I joined Haydon Abbey as a School Governor in 2021, I have two children currently enrolled at Haydon Abbey and two more still to join, so I have a long-invested interest in this school’s performance and development. I currently work at Heathrow Airport as a project manager for the Employment, Education and Skills team, my work involves me creating educational and curriculum-based activities and work experience placements for schools and colleges. I also assist with the recruitment for the many companies that work at Heathrow. During my time as a School Governor, I will undertake training and use my work-based knowledge to help the development and success of Haydon Abbey School.



Kate Newton

I joined Haydon Abbey’ss governing board in December 2021. I currently have two children attending the school. I have over 20 years’ experience working in finance and more recently in in the social care sector. I believe that I will be able to use these skills to benefit the wider school community. I am very pleased to be part of Haydon Abbey and I am excited to see how the school progresses


Laura Taylor

I joined Haydon Abbey’s governing board in December 2021 as a Parent Governor. I believe my experience working in the finance environment for the past fourteen years (including nine years in Local Government Finance) has provided me with the knowledge and skills to understand, support and challenge finance and other processes within the school. As a parent, I am keen to contribute towards the school’s strategic objectives and understand how they support pupil progression, engagement, and the overall school environment. I look forward to learning from the existing governors and developing myself in the position to be able to support the growth of this brilliant school.