Governors

Chair of Governors - Kevin Burrell

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

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

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.

Co-opted Governor - Rory Kelly

Rory has been a Co-Opted Governor since September 2017 and currently sits on the Resources Committee.  He works as Company Secretary 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.

Associate Governor - Lee Warner

 

 

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.

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 - Jessica Beasley