Hazel Court School Governors
Chair of Governors - Mike Hughesman Vice Chair of Governors - David Tutt
Hazel Court Governing Body
The Governing Body for E7032ZP Hazel Court School
DfES Number 7032
School Name - Hazel Court School
Address - Larkspur Drive School Type Special (Primary and Secondary)
East Sussex Electoral Division Eastbourne - Priory
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Click on link here to see a list of our current governors - governors.docx
Chair of Governors - Mike Hughesman
Michael W Hughesman CPsychol CSci AFBPsS
Mike Hughesman is now retired after a professional career in Children’s’ Services that spans over forty years in schools, hospital settings, Child Guidance Clinics and Local Authority psychology services. His career as a child/education psychologist began in1977 when he took up his first appointment at Grays Child Guidance Clinic in Essex. In 1986 he was appointed as a team leader for the Psychology Service in East Sussex; when the County re-organised in 1996 he was appointed as the first Principal Psychologist for Brighton and Hove unitary authority. Mike joined the MoD in 2000 as the head of the Child Guidance Service andPrincipal Educational Psychologist for Service Children’s Education (SCE), based in Germany. In his role as strategic lead for behaviour and emotional wellbeing, he became closely involved in community-based work to support military families affected by the impacts of Mobility and Deployment during operations. In 2006 he was awarded a special commendation by the returning commander of forces in Afghanistan.
In the past, Mike has contributed to a number of media broadcasts and publications, including a regular column in the Times as a panel member responding to issues raised by parents. During his time at SCE he led a project to develop resource materials for supporting service families; some of his work still features in video format on the SCE website. Mike retains an ongoing interest in research to improve our understanding of human resilience and how children and young people learn to deal with the personal challenges of life-changing events. He is a firm believer in the principle that the best ideas and solutions come from studying what actually works for people that have lived through such experiences.
Following his retirement in 2012 he has been continuing his research, taken on a role as governor at Hazel Court, and offers his services through the Forces charity (SSAFA) on a voluntary basis. In his private life, he has been happily married for over forty years and has two grown-up children, a grandson and two Labradors; his strategy for his own recent personal transition has included learning to play guitar and attending regular sessions at the gym.
Throughout his career, Mike has been actively involved in the introduction of national changes to Special Education procedures and will be taking a particular interest in how the new 2014 Code of Practice can best be used to benefit the young people in ourcare.
Parents / carers are represented on the school’s governing body by two ‘Parent Governors’. They are, by definition, the parents /carers of pupils / students attending the school, and are elected (by parents / carers) for a term of office of four years. Full information about the Hazel Court School Governing Body structure is detailed in the Instrument of Government.
The Parent Governors, as well as having the responsibilities of being a school Governor, are also responsible for passing on theviews of parents (whether individual or collective) to the Governing Body and / or to the school. They may be contacted by writing to them via the school, or by telephone to their home address (details are available from the school).
As Governors, the Parent Governors assist the Headteacher in the running of the school, the appointment of staff, liaison with the CSA, and carry out the statutory duties of Governors as laid down by the Government (exciting stuff!). The minutes of the meetings of the school’s Governing Body are always available from the school.