Chair Of Governors - Damian Haywood

I am the Operational Lead for clinical trials in SITU in NDS at the University of Oxford. My volunteering work includes being Chair of Governors at Mabel Prichard School, and Treasurer of the Cri du Chat Syndrome Support Group UK. I am also the Labour Party candidate for Iffley Fields and St. Mary's in the upcoming County Council by election.

Headteacher - Lucy Wawrzyniak

Lucy Wawrzyniak

Lucy is the Head Teacher of Mabel Prichard School.  She trained as a secondary school English teacher before moving on to support the education of Looked After Children, when she led the Virtual School for Looked After Children in Oxfordshire. She was Deputy Head Teacher at John Watson community special school before joining Mabel Prichard as Head Teacher in September 2017. She has also taught for 14 years on the Master of Teaching at the Institute of Education, University College London and has been an assessor on the Master of Learning and Teaching at Oxford University. She has four children, two at University and two in year 6 and in her spare time, sings in a band, whose claim to fame is supporting the Wurzels and Scouting for Girls.

Co-opted Governor - Rory Kelly

Rory has been a Co-Opted Governor since September 2017 and currently sits on the Finance and Personnel committee.  He works in government relations for a large technology company based in Oxford, having previously worked as a solicitor for a commercial law firm in the North West and in Brussels.  In January 2018 he qualified as a Chartered Governance specialist.

Local Authority Governor - Claire Hewitt

My initial contact with Mabel Prichard School was working as a Special Educational Needs Officer for the Local Authority; I subsequently joined the Governor Team in 2016 as the Local Authority Governor, sitting on the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee. Since 2018 I have had the role of a Special Educational Needs (SEN) Governor, hoping to draw on my work experiences to support the school.

Co-Opted Governor - Sian Taylor







I was really pleased to join the Board of Governors in May this year. My professional background is health visiting and I have been an Oxford City Councillor for the past 4 years.

My interest in people with special needs dates back to a project I worked on in late 1990’s looking at access to health care for people with learning disabilities, and a subsequent MSc dissertation which looked at Health Promotion and adults with learning disabilities.

I believe that all children and young people should have the right to reach their full potential and am delighted to be able to play a role in supporting the school to do this.

In my private life I’m married with two adult children.. When I’m not in meetings (or answering emails) I enjoy travelling, and hill walking. My secret skill is that I’m a very proficient knitter, and have been known to turn out a good scone.

Associate Governor - Susanna Sutton 







Susanna is the assistant headteacher of Mabel Prichard School. Previously she worked as a Key Stage 3 teacher on our Secondary site and also taught in London before relocating to Oxford. Susanna is studying her second Master's degree in Leadership having previously studied a Master's in Education. In her spare time, if she is not ferrying her children to their hobbies, she enjoys wild swimming.