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Welcome from the Governing Board

The Governing Board                                                                                                                              The Governing Board of Tithe Farm Primary School is responsible for setting the direction of the School, holding the Headteacher to account and ensuring financial probity. Members of the Governing Board have been appointed on the basis of their skills, knowledge and experience.


What do we do?

We work closely with the Senior Leadership to drive improvement in standards, ensure the safety and well-being of pupils and staff and deliver the best possible opportunities for every child to achieve their potential.


The School Improvement Plan is the backbone to the work we all do together.


Our role is to provide a strategic overview, ensure accountability and constructively challenge and support how the School and its resources are managed. We carefully monitor progress and attainment. We agree targets, policies, priorities and budgets. 


Governors do not gain financially from any involvement with the governing board, it is a wholly voluntary role.  

Getting involved

Please do get in touch with us if you have any ideas, suggestions or questions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Governing Board we would love to hear from you. We would encourage anyone with an interest to get in touch for an informal chat about how you can contribute your skills and experience to the Governing Board. Our meeting dates are published on the School calendar. The Joint Chair of the Governors and any of the members of the Governing Board can be contacted via the School office email at



Susan Goodchild - LA Governor

I joined the Governing Board of Tithe Farm Primary School in 2005 and became the Chair in 2008, a position I held until this year.  I am a local authority governor and it is a privilege to be able to volunteer my time, and work with my fellow colleagues on the Governing Board, to ensure that the children succeed beyond their expectations.

I am currently a Link Governor for Safeguarding, Quality of Education and a member of the Resources Committee.

I am an elected representative on both Central Bedfordshire Council and Houghton Regis Town Council, representing the Houghton Hall ward in Houghton Regis.  I enjoy working with, and on behalf of, my constituents and believe I have a deep understanding of the needs of the community I serve.

On Central Bedfordshire I am a member of the Adult Social Care, Health & Housing Overview & Scrutiny Committee and the Corporate Parenting Panel.  On the Houghton Regis Town Council, I am a member of the Community Services Committee and the Environment and Leisure Committee.

I am currently a member of Luton Rights, which is a professional Advice Centre, with over 30 years of service to the community.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.


Chris Slough - Co-Chair - Co-opted Governor

I was born in Luton and went to Challney High School and Luton Sixth Form College. I studied for a degree in Theology at Kings College, and went on to be awarded a Mphil from London University. I studied for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education before teaching in Dunstable for 35 years. Among the posts I held was that of Head of Year and Head of Sixth Form. I have recently retired as Assistant Head Teacher from a Dunstable Upper School.

Since retiring I am serving on Houghton Regis Town Council and the PCC of All Saints Church, as well as joining the governing board of Tithe Farm School. I am also a trustee at 'Signposts.'

I have three children, all born and brought up in Houghton Regis. I believe children should be able to discover their strengths and excel in them whilst at school, so school life should be rich and interesting as well as rigorous.

Reading, writing and numeracy are essential tools for the future well-being of our children. Changes in the pattern of work in the adult world mean that today’s children will need to be able to learn new skills throughout their adult life, so it is important that at this early age they enjoy learning and are ready to embrace new ideas.

I believe school should encourage pupils to treat others with respect, and to be kind and helpful. These are important attitudes for children to develop if they are to live fulfilled lives.

Deborah Pargeter     Headteacher

I joined the school in January 2017, as Interim Headteacher and became the substantive Headteacher in May 2017. Previously I worked in business until 1990, in the UK, Australia and USA. I also worked in the voluntary sector in India and Australia.  I graduated in 1996, with a First Class honours, the same month that I had my first child! Since qualifying as a teacher, I have worked across the whole primary age range, in Central and Outer London, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Central Bedfordshire. This is my fourth headship and I have also worked for Ofsted as a Lead Inspector and the Central Bedfordshire School Improvement team.

I am committed to improving outcomes for all children; every child deserves the best possible education we can give them.

Whilst leading Tithe Farm Primary I will also be supporting other Headteachers and working as a School Improvement Partner for Central Bedfordshire.

Rachel Worsfold - Deputy Headteacher

I joined the school in September 2018, as the Deputy Headteacher. In April 2019, my role changed to Acting Head of School, leading the school 2 days a week. Since qualifying as a teacher, I have worked across the primary age range, in Central London, Sheffield, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and now Central Bedfordshire. I enjoy leading curriculum developments which support the progress and attainment of the children I work with. I am a Local Authority Writing Moderator, working with schools across Central Bedfordshire supporting the assessment of writing in Key Stage 2.  I am committed to helping Tithe Farm deliver a high quality education which develops the children both academically, socially and emotionally.   

Annie Soerensen - Co-opted Governor

I worked for a German Scientific Instrument Company in London as a Secretary/PA and moved with this Company in 1973 when it acquired new premises in Luton.  I lived on the newly developed Parkside Estate and  immediately became involved in community projects and initiatives to play an important part in the development of  Houghton Regis.   My children and grandchildren have all received education in Houghton Regis  and I have, therefore, many years experience both as a Parent and a Co-opted Governor.  I retired as Purchasing Controller of the company and  I still have very close links with the community.  I feel that my own professional skills in finance, personnel, language  and company business, enables me to make a positive contribution to the future of the children of the school. 

Jenny Gallucci - Co-Chair - Co-Opted Governor

I was pleased to be invited to be an Associate Governor in November 2015 and to be appointed as a Co-opted Governor in 2017. I have been delighted to support Tithe Farm Primary School as a member of the Governing Board, acting as Link Governor for Training, for Health & Safety, and a member of the Headteacher Performance Management Panel.  In September 2020 I was elected as joint Chair with Chris Slough and I look forward to the challenge as the school works hard to ensure the safety of all the children and staff during Covid-19.  I support our local community through volunteering roles, including Secretary of Houghton Regis Helpers and as a Public Governor for Central Bedfordshire at the Bedfordshire Hospitals Foundation Trust. I have an MA in Education and as a retired senior lecturer in Health, Education and Social Care I have experience in life long learning and believe our children's learning and well-being are at the heart of everything we do.

Donna Leonard Co-opted Governor

My association with Houghton Regis is a long one, having either lived or worked there for many years. I attended school in the town; including at Tithe Farm School.

Having worked in education for over 15 years, I have a passion for ensuring children and young people have the best possible start in life and that with the right education, support and guidance they can achieve their aspirations.
I am an Associate Senior Leader at Alameda Middle School

Brian Mew - Vice-Chair - Co-opted Governor

I joined the Tithe Farm Primary School Governing Board in June 2017. I am a qualified accountant with a background in public finance, and have worked for a range of local authorities, including Central Bedfordshire Council, both as an employee and as a consultant.

Although originally from Hertfordshire, I have lived in the Houghton Regis and Dunstable area for over 30 years, and both of my daughters attended primary school in Houghton Regis.

I hope that I am able to use my experience to make a significant contribution to the school. I am currently chair of the Resources Committee, a member of the Headteacher Performance Management Panel, and Link Governor for Health and Safety and Data Protection. I have really enjoyed working with my fellow governors over the past couple of years and look forward to continuing on our journey to being an outstanding school, providing great opportunities for all of our children.


Ionela Soltanel - Parent Governor

I came to England from Romania 11 years ago. I wanted to learn English and the values of English culture. I now consider England my home.

 In 2016 my family and I moved from London to Houghton Regis. Since then I have worked for Community Dental Services as a dental nurse. I work mainly in clinics treating children and adults with additional needs but I also work once a fortnight on a mobile unit treating patients in a Centre for the homeless in Luton.  It’s a job I find very rewarding.    Both of my children attend Tithe Farm Primary School and are very happy there. As soon as the vacancy for Parent Governor became  available  I saw an opportunity, working alongside governor colleagues and staff, to make a contribution to the education of all the children at this excellent school.

Fergus McGrath - Parent Governor  

I have been living in Houghton Regis since 2007 having moved here from London. I have been living in the UK since 2001. My son currently attends the school and my daughter attended previously. We made the transition to TFPS in 2017 and I was eager to engage with the school in order to contribute and to understand the challenges faced by the school system.


The opportunity to be a parent governor has given me a chance to be involved with an excellent team of individuals within an outstanding setting. I have already learned a great deal during my time in the post and look forward to being part of what is a very positive, motivated and forward moving school. The post of parent governor offers me a chance to engage with the role from the perspective of a parent and allows me to engage with the school community on many levels.


Personally I have always taken a great interest in all community events within Houghton Regis and have been part of many to date. I work locally within the Software services sector as a Helpdesk Manager and Compliance Officer providing software support services to Local Government & Public Utilities nationwide. I have previously worked in similar consultancy positions within the Retail Sector and the Hospitality & Leisure sector.



Karen Hazell - Clerk

I joined Tithe Farm Primary as Clerk in April 2018 and have enjoyed getting to know the school and supporting them through a period of rapid improvement. Before taking on the clerking role for the full governing body, I supported the establishment of the Resources Committee, providing the School Business Manager with models of minutes and guidance on financial regulations.

I have worked at The Mary Bassett Lower school for over twenty years and have been in the post of School Manager for a number of years. For the majority of that time I have clerked their governing body and regularly attend clerking updates and networks.
I live and work in the neighbouring town of Leighton Buzzard and am the mother of two grown-up boys who both went through the Central Bedfordshire schooling system.

Sara Francis
Miss Francis is the newly elected Staff Governor and took up her post in November 2018. Miss Francis joined Tithe Farm in September 2017, starting as a Newly Qualified Teacher. She spent her first two academic years at our school working in the Early Years, teaching the Reception Cuckoo class, the third in Year 1 teaching Dragonflies. She is now back in Reception with Dragonflies. Miss Francis moved to the area to take up her post after moving from Lancashire. She is an accomplished Ukulele player and can usually be spotted with some form of unicorn accessory.

Retired Governors

Alan Williams and Sue Slough retired in November 2020, having supported the school as Governors for many years. We will miss their contributions to our Governing Board and their strong support to the school.