Governors

Chair of Governors – Kevin Burrell (Link governor for Early Years and Key Stage 1)

I have worked in education since 1986. Since retiring in summer 2018 I have been working as an independent consultant and an Ofsted inspector. Before that I lead the School Improvement team for Buckinghamshire County Council. I have also been a senior leader and English teacher in four Oxfordshire Secondary Schools, 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.  I am married with five children and two grandchildren. In my quiet moments I enjoy listening to jazz, taking photographs, watching movies and reading.

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, one who has just graduated and one at University and two in year 7. Her claim to fame is supporting The Worzels and Scouting for Girls in a band she sang in for 10 years and she also enjoys running.

Co-opted Governor – Jonathan Fisher (Link governor for Key Stage 3)

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 – Damian Haywood (Link governor for Key Stage 2)

I am the Operational Lead for clinical trials in SITU in NDS at the University of Oxford. My volunteering work includes being a governor 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.

Associate Governor – Susanna Sutton 

Susanna is the Head of School for the Secondary site at Mabel Prichard School. Previously she worked as Assistant Headteacher on the Primary site and 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.

Staff Governor – Sam Butler-McLees

Parent Governor – Paul Litherland (Link governor for 14 – 19)

I have been a Governor since the start of 2022, I have spent my entire adult working life in children’s publishing, my last role was with Oxford University Press which I left in 2019 to spend more time with our son Jacob.

Jacob has been at Mabel Prichard since he was 2, he is now 6.  He has a rare genetic condition and learning difficulties which means he cannot talk or walk, but he is very mobile and is a very happy child who loves being at school.

I firmly believe in putting children first and taking steps to ensure they receive a learning and development programme suited to their needs.

My years of parenting experience in bringing up two children to adulthood and Jacob means I can be empathetic, incisive, passionate and trusted in this role.

I want Mabel P to thrive in teaching and supporting pupils and parents/carers. So I am very keen to be involved in the inner workings of ensuring a curriculum is maintained and improved so that all pupils can be given the best opportunities as they progress through the school and beyond into the outside world.