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Our Governing Body
What do we do?

The Governors of Hazel Community Primary bring expertise from areas of education, industry and from the wider school community; we meet regularly at the school to provide challenge and support to the headteacher.

We value and promote a positive and committed school atmosphere at Hazel Community Primary. We believe the school enables staff, pupils, parents and governors to work together to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to develop to their full potential and that the school is an exciting place for learning.

The Governing body plays an important strategic and legal role in maintaining the success of Hazel Community Primary, helping to raise standards and ensuring that all pupils receive the best possible education.
We work closely with the headteacher, her staff and the local authority in setting and agreeing the strategic direction of the school. Our core functions are:

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction ;
• Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

At Hazel Community Primary School we operate a no-committee model of school governance. The no-committee model allows all governors to be present at, and contribute to, all discussions held at the regular governing body meetings. These meetings include all key areas as appropriate.

Named Governors are linked to each key area and report back to the full governing body where relevant at the regular governing body meetings.

Link Governors meet with key staff in their area at least one per term. Their role in this meeting is to observe, monitor and evaluate the work in their area of responsibility. Link Governors support and challenge staff in order to build capacity and to develop their own understanding. (Further link work may be undertaken where relevant through Learning Walks, external Governor training etc.)

Outcomes from these interactions are reported back to the full Governing body using the Hazel template and are discussed as a group at the regular governing body meetings. All Governors are free to enquire and further challenge the Link Governor on this. Further actions maybe required or inspired which the Link Governor will undertake and report back.

Governors are also involved in supporting the school in making sure the education provided is the best it can be through visiting the school and watching lessons, as well as talking with children, parents and staff on a regular basis.

Who we are

Lynda Callaghan Role:
Chair of Governors.
Co-opted governor.Governor responsibilities:
Personal Development,
Behaviour and Welfare.
My name is Lynda Callaghan and I am a local, Leicester girl with a long career in Education. I taught French in Leicester Secondary schools for many years before joining the Local Authority to support School Improvement as a Behaviour and Attendance Consultant.

I have been a Governor at Hazel Community Primary since taking redundancy in 2015 and am now delighted to be the current Chair of Governors. I currently work as an independent Education Consultant so am very much steeped in the local and national education agenda.

Sarah Thomson
Vice-Chair of Governors.
Co-opted governor.Governor responsibilities:
My name is Sarah Thomson and I am the Director of Strategic and International Partnerships at De Montfort University in Leicester. I have been in Leicester for 15 years and I really enjoy living and working here. In my role at the university I oversee a Directorate of circa 100 staff and a budget of several million pounds which gives me skills that I bring to my role as Governor at Hazel Community Primary School.

As I work in Higher Education I bring a view point to the Governing Body of how important a good primary education is for young people which I see if they choose to come to university. I have been a Governor at Hazel Community Primary School since 2015 and I am committed to supporting the school and its vision to be a learning community where everyone can achieve.

Vivien Hyde Role:
Co-opted GovernorGovernor Responsibility:
Teaching and Learning
My name is Vivien Hyde and I live in Derbyshire. However I have worked in school improvement in Leicester for 12 years so understand the context of this vibrant and diverse city. During this time I supported Hazel Primary for several years and felt passionate about this caring school so much so that I became a governor in 2015.

I was previously a primary headteacher and have been a teacher for 25 years teaching all of the primary ages which I am finding extremely useful as a governor. I am currently an independent school improvement consultant working for Warwickshire. I have 2 children and 2 grandchildren and 2 very active cocker spaniels .

Haf Rees Role:
Authority Governor
Governor Responsibility:
Leadership and Management
My name is Haf Rees and I am developing my career in Higher Education administration at the University of Leicester. I am originally from East Yorkshire and have lived in Spain. During my degree I studied abroad in the United States of America. It is my positive education experience which lead me to become a Governor at Hazel Community Primary School.

I would like to give back to the community by supporting a team of staff who are committed to overcoming barriers to learning. Outside of work I enjoy Park Run at Victoria Park and assisting to run a local Girl Guide unit.

Alan Curtis Role:
Co-opted Governor
Governor Responsibility:
My name is Alan Curtis. Although I was born in London, I’ve lived and worked in Leicester for 30 years. Many of these were spent teaching English in Secondary schools and the rest were as a Senior project Manager for an organisation owned by Leicester City Council.

During the latter, I worked with children and young people across the 5 -18 years age range and had a particular interest in issues relating to their emotional heath and well-being, anti-bullying, raising achievement and pupil voice. I’ve been a Local Authority Governor for four years. Having recently retired, I look forward to spending more time doing the things I enjoy.

Governor Blog

We have just started our new Governor Blog, any trips, visits or activities that we are involved in we are hoping to write up about. 


We often have vacancies for parent governors and associate members of the Governing body, to increase the skills available to support the work of the school. Governors are vital to ensure the governing body is fully representative of school users and our local community. Being a member of our governing body is a rewarding experience and will ensure you continue to make a lasting contribution to the development of the school and the education of its pupils.

If you would like to become involved as a school governor, we would be delighted to hear from you, please contact Gillian Blatherwick, Headteacher for an informal discussion.

Email or call 0116 233 8411