Haughton School

Meet our Governors

We asked our Governors to introduce themselves and describe why they decided to join our Governing Body.

Michelle Leonard (Chair)

I am in my second term as a governor; initially, I was a parent governor then I became a co-opted governor for my second term. I spent nearly two years in the role of vice-chair before being elected as Chair.

This is now my second year as Chair of governors. I was interested in becoming a parent governor because my son was a student in Badgers and I wanted to offer my support to the school. As I’ve gained more experience, I’ve been able to offer support to the school at a more strategic level.

Every child has the right to access a good education and I firmly believe Haughton offers a good education to all of its students in a positive and nurturing environment.

Jayne Stevens (Vice Chair)

I have been a Governor with Haughton School SINCE 2013.  As a Local Authority appointed governor, the opportunity has given me a very good insight into the work of the school, the governance, and more importantly the families and children.  I have a son who is on the Autistic Spectrum, has ADHD and associated learning difficulties and is attending specialist college and a daughter who has just left college. 

My experiences of co-founding and now working at a strategic level for PODS Charity give me the ability to utilise my skills and to support the school governance processes. 

I'm approachable, a good listener, have supported various charities over my years and I'm a great believer in parent carer involvement and participation.

Helen Parry (Staff Governor)

I have worked at Haughton school for 16 years.  I have previously served for 12 years as a staff governor and am delighted to have recently been elected again. During my time at Haughton, I have worked across many key stages as a teaching assistant. My time as a teaching assistant enabled me to enrich my knowledge of teaching strategies, thus inspiring me to gain an honours degree in Special Needs and Inclusion.

In my current role as Learning Mentor, I feel privileged to be able to provide a complementary and supportive service to all staff and external agencies.  My aim is to continue to build trusting relationships with the children and their families, so that they feel empowered to try new opportunities and be confident to respond to any longstanding barriers.

 I am excited by my role as staff governor as I feel it provides me with further opportunity to work alongside staff and families whilst ensuring the children receive an enriching, inspiring and varied curriculum in a warm and inviting environment.

Gill Knox (Headteacher)

Beckie Teale (Parent Governor)

I am completely new to the role of Parent Governor, but chose to put myself forward after my son joined Haughton School in September 2020.  I am very much looking forward to learning all about the school, the Parent Governor role and the work of the Governors Board.  Being a special needs parent has taught me the importance of advocating for our children.  I therefore hope this valuable role will give me the opportunity to contribute to the excellent work already being done by the Haughton School Team to support and nurture our children; in both their education and their personal, social and emotional wellbeing.

Having taken a break from my career to support the needs of my family, I now have the time and aspiration to get involved in something new, but had previously been a Financial Controller in the hospitality industry for over 15 years.  As such I have considerable experience in accounting and strategic management in a commercial environment, which I hope will enable me to actively participate and add value to those relevant aspects of the Governing Body.

Deana Briggs (Associate Governor)

I have the role of Associate Governor for Haughton School; since I started in January 2020.  I attend all of the Governing Body Meetings.

My role of School Business Manager supports the leadership and Governors with the day to day responsibility of Finance, HR, Office and Administrative Management of the School. I am also the line manager for the admin team.

The reason I requested to serve on the Governing Body was to assist the Leadership and Management of the school and to ensure that I (alongside my team) provide the best possible support to our children, parents, carers and the community.