Governors

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 - Kevin Burrell

I have worked in education since 1986. I currently lead the School Improvement team for Buckinghamshire County Council and am a practicing Ofsted Inspector for primary phase. Prior to this I was a senior leader and English teacher in four Oxfordshire Secondary Schools, have been an interim Executive Headteacher in a Primary School and a consultant leader in an all through school.  My work in education has been guided by a belief that all children, whatever their abilities and background, are entitled to high quality teaching and learning in well run schools with experiences that meet their needs as learners and children and enable them to thrive.  Outside work I am married with five children and two grandchildren. In the few precious moments between work and family I enjoy listening to jazz, taking photographs, watching movies  and reading.

Co-opted Governor - Jonathan Fisher

I have been a social worker since 1978 and have worked in a variety of children related areas including managing Sycamore Resource centre, Banbury, (supporting disabled children and their families). I was head of service for Looked After Children in Hertfordshire until 2011 when I left to become a lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, where I taught social work students. I am retired but remain active in children's services as a member of the adoption panel, safeguarding trainer and trustee with One-Eighty.

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.

Co-opted Governor - Michele Gregory

Associate Governor - Amanda Makoka

Amanda Makoka Deputy Headteacher

Amanda Makoka has been at Mabel Prichard School since 2010 and Deputy Headteacher since March 2018. Prior to working at Mabel Prichard School she taught across London and Berkshire in a variety of special and mainstream secondary schools as a teacher. In 2015 Amanda gained her MA in Leadership and Management in Education. Amanda has also traveled her way around the world, living and working in Australia, Thailand, Finland and Czech Republic.  Amanda enjoys going to the theatre, festivals, music events and the cinema as well as reading a good book.

Co-opted Governor - Jason Smith

I have been a co-opted governor at Mabel Prichard School since 2012 and vice-chair of governors since 2016. I also chair the Resources Committee and look after science teaching. My main day job is Professor in Materials Science at Oxford University, where I lead a research team working on next-generation information technologies and sensors. I am also a Tutorial Fellow and Trustee at Mansfield College, and Director of spin-out company Oxford HighQ Ltd.

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.

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.

Staff Governor - Susan Trafford

I have worked at Mabel Prichard for many years, starting as a reading volunteer and becoming a permanent teaching assistant after that. My own personal life leads to my passion for working with young people with special education needs.  As a parent of children with a variety of SEN, I have a good understanding of of the system, and have been a parent governor at their previous schools.  As staff governor I am committed to providing a safe and happy working environment for my colleagues. I am sure any member of Mabel Prichard's staff team will be confident in approaching me with any questions.