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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.


Hannah Jones - Deputy Headteacher

I joined Haydon Abbey School in 2013 having previously worked in a primary school in Oxfordshire gaining teaching experience in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. During my time at Haydon Abbey I have held a number of different posts including class teacher, SENDco and Assistant Headteacher. I took up my current role as Deputy Headteacher in September 2022. At this time, I also made the decision to join the school’s governing body as a staff governor. My personal areas of interest and specialism are special educational needs and inclusion, behaviour support and teaching and learning. Through being a member of the school’s governing body, I hope to support the development of the school and improve the outcomes for all children who attend Haydon Abbey School and their families.


Emma Bradley 

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 left Haydon Abbey in July 2022 to move to a different school as an Assistant Headteacher but continue in my role as a governor here.


Zhenya Price – Vice Chair 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 fulfil 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 amongst 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.


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’s 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. 


Joe Burns

I joined Haydon Abbey’s governing body in early 2023, shortly before my second child joined the school in reception. I believe that a school like Haydon Abbey is the beating heart of a community and a place which can foster the positive relationships so important for the friends, neighbours and community leaders of the future. I was born in Aylesbury and grew up in the local area and I am proud to be a part of the wonderful community we share. I have worked in a variety of places and industries throughout my life but more recently completed a Masters degree in social work and am currently practicing as a child and family social worker, giving me an insight into the excellent work teachers do and the role schools play in keeping our children safe. I look forward to growing my knowledge of the school and building relationships with staff, parents and children alike to play my part in continuing a tradition of excellence at Haydon Abbey!