Hazelmere Junior School

Our Governors


The Governing Body of Hazelmere Junior Primary School has responsibility for:

  • The conduct of the school
  • Setting targets in standards and achievements
  • Ensuring the school has a Curriculum Policy, in particular the teaching of National Curriculum subjects and RE and deciding on provision of sex education
  • Ensuring policies relating to the school's operation are prepared and are reviewed regularly
  • Providing information for parents
  • Promoting Community Cohesion
  • Financial management of the school
  • Personnel matters including staff appointments as appropriate
  • Management and maintenance of the buildings
  • Pupil discipline and behaviour
  • Monitoring and evaluating the performance of the school
  • Responding to an inspection by OFSTED and monitoring how the key issues arising from the inspection are addressed
  • Appointing a Headteacher when a vacancy occurs

Our Governors

Mr Adam Wright - Chair of Governors

Adam Wright is the Chair of Governors with responsibility for Leadership and Management. Adam works in education and skills policy; he is currently Deputy Head of Policy at the British Academy, the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences. In other roles, he has worked on policy relating to practical science lessons in primary schools and has been the external assessor for government-funded schemes supporting mathematics education. Adam is also a trustee and an external member of Council at the University of Essex, where he had previously completed his PhD in Government and taught political theory. He enjoys travelling, hiking, and playing with Lego.

Mr Robin Taverner - Vice Chair of Governors

I have a wealth of experience to bring to the role of school governor at Hazelmere Junior School. I have extensive experience as a teacher, headteacher, local authority school effectiveness partner and education consultant. I enjoy working with all education professionals, providing training, support and challenge to help schools become even better. I have 16 years’ experience as a headteacher, in three primary schools. Additionally, my experience includes working as lead Ofsted inspector and local authority school effectiveness partner. I have a Master of Arts in Education degree. My educational specialisms include school leadership, school performance information and curriculum development. My greatest pleasure, working in education, is helping school leaders and teachers to reflect upon their practice, in order that children make the best possible progress with their learning. Outside of work I enjoy cycling and walking. I have an interest in classic cars, and I help to care for my 3-year-old grandson. I am responsible for the Quality of Education at Hazelmere Junior School.

Mr Clive Reynolds

Having over 20 years of primary headship experience in two different schools, I feel I have many skills to offer Hazelmere Junior School as a governor. I have also worked as a Team Inspector for Ofsted for six years, as well as an Educational Advisor on school improvement in Essex and Devon and general education advisor. I have been a school governor before, and also have experienced being Chair of Governors at a small Essex school. I have extensive experience as a member on Independent Review Panels for permanent exclusions in different counties, and have been an independent panel member for Complaints Panels. I am currently responsible for Behaviour and Attitudes, alongside Jenny Hunt.

Mrs Lauren McDermott

I have recently joined the Governing Body. I work as a consultant, focusing on digital analytics and digital content. I have a decade of experience in helping some of the world's biggest brands succeed and thrive in the digital landscape. I completed a PhD in English Language at the University of Edinburgh, focusing on historical dialectology. In my free time, I enjoy singing, travelling, and trying out different recipes from around the world. I have a passion for learning and development; at Hazelmere, I am responsible for Personal Development.

Mrs Vivian Okorodudu

I am married and a parent of two children. I have a BA in Philosophy and currently running a MSc. in psychology with the university of Essex. I have a background in Christian counselling, project management and governance, having served on the board of a local church for several years. I understand educational policies and the challenges facing schools in recent times. I am an excellent communicator and able to articulate my ideas and concerns effectively. I am friendly and approachable, which makes me well-suited to representing the views of our parents at Hazelmere. I have a genuine passion for education and if given the opportunity, I will be committed to ensuring that together we can work towards supporting every child in the best possible way. I believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and would be dedicated to working with the school and other parents to achieve this goal.

Governing Body - Code of Conduct

Governing Body - Standard Orders

Governing Body - Written Statement of Behaviour Principles

Governors' Business Interests for 2023-2024

Governors attendance register for 2023-2024