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

Jo Finch Computing Lead Silver Class teacher

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

Jo Finch Computing Lead Silver Class teacher

Associate Governor - Amanda Makoka

Amanda Makoka Deputy Headteacher

Co-opted Governor - Jason Smith

Jo Finch Computing Lead Silver Class teacher

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

Jo Finch Computing Lead Silver Class teacher