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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.


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 Chair of the Governors and any of the members of the Governing Board can be contacted via the School office email at



Susan Goodchild - Chair - LA Governor

I have been a resident of Houghton Regis since 1961 and a governor at the school for ten years.  I'm currently the Chair of the governing body and also the Link Governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection.

I'm a Central Bedfordshire Councillor representing the Houghton Hall Ward; and a member of the Corporate Parenting Panel. I am actively engaged with the Children in Care Council. In addition I'm a member of the Social Care, Health and Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee.  I am also Secretary of Luton Rights, which is an experienced and professional Advice Centre, with over 30 years of service to the Community.

I am also a member of the Advisory board at our local Children's Centre.

Chris Slough - Vice Chair - Community 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
Rachel joined Tithe Farm on 1st September as the new Deputy Headteacher. She observes at the governing body meetings.

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-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. Now retired, I am delighted to support Tithe Farm Primary School as a member of the Governing Board with particular responsibilities for Health & Safety and as Training Link Governor.  

I have been involved, both professionally and in various voluntary roles, in working with children and young people for over fifty years! From being a Junior Church leader, over 25 years’ experience in Scouting, working in play groups and holiday schemes to careers as a science technician in secondary schools and sixth-form college and as a senior lecturer in Health, Education and Social Care. I gained my Cert Ed in the 1990’s and achieved my MA in Education in 2000, specialising in lifelong learning.


Following redundancy from the F E College in 2003 I followed a varied career as a freelance trainer. Roles have included project managing a new SureStart children’s centre and setting up a Foundation Degree in Playwork for a London college. I have co-authored three tutor guidance textbooks in child care and education for Pearson’s Education, and for six years I worked with Youth Connexions at Hertfordshire County Council training and assessing staff who provide courses for young people. Supporting young people in youth centres, on NCS programmes and teenage parents has enriched my life considerably.


As a qualified tutor, assessor, internal verifier and external verifier I gained considerable experience in colleges and schools and consider the quality of teaching and learning is paramount to achieving good standards of education for our children and young people. It is important that the learning environment is welcoming, safe and fun and, as a Playwork specialist, I have always advocated the importance of play in learning. The children at Tithe Farm Primary School are our future and I will endeavour to support the school, staff, parents, carers and fellow governors to enable the children to achieve the best education possible.


I am always keen to support our local community and am involved in volunteering as Secretary of Houghton Regis Helpers and as a Public Governor for Bedfordshire at the L&D University Foundation Trust Hospital.


Alan Williams - Appointed Governor

I have lived in Houghton Regis since 1985 and have previously been a Governor at this school. I am delighted to return to this school as an Associate Governor bringing with me my previous working experience in Energy Management and Building Services.


I am keen to ensure that our School provides a safe and secure environment for our pupils to learn and rapidly progress further in life.


I have been involved in the community having served as a Town Councillor and as an active organiser of the Houghton Regis Carnival for many years.

Sue Slough - Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Houghton Regis since 1963 and raised my three children who are still local to the town.

I have a BA in Educational Studies and a Certificate in Education from London University. I have worked as a teacher for Luton Borough Council since 1978 spending some time working for Luton Multicultural Resource Centre as a peripatetic consultant for EAL pupils in the town. This involved visiting and offering advice for pupils whose first language wasn’t English, within many primary schools in Luton. I have been a Year Leader in Key Stage One specialising in music and with a special interest in literacy.

I firmly believe that all children deserve the very best that education can offer and this can be achieved through the whole school community working together.

This is the third time I have been a school governor and the second time for Tithe Farm.

I semi-retired in the summer of 2016 having taught for 37 years, but continue to teach on a part-time basis. I feel excited at the prospect of being part of the next steps for Tithe Farm and will offer my support in any way that I can.

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 - 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, both in my roles as chair of the Resources Committee and Governor with responsibility for Data Protection, and more generally as a Governor. I have really enjoyed my first year working with my fellow governors on our continuous journey to being an outstanding school.


Marie Brinkley - Parent Governor
I am a parent governor and have been associated with the school for several years. My two boys attend the school; are really happy and are making really good progress. I live in the local community and value the contact I have with other parents and carers. As a parent governor I can bring a different perspective to the governing body as parents, carers and children know me and can share their thoughts and opinions, that I can then share with my fellow governors.


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 for 11 years now having moved here from London. In all I have been in the UK almost 20 years. I have two children in the school. 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 Senior Analyst 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 will take up post in November 2018. Miss Francis joined Tithe Farm in September 2017, starting as a Newly Qualified Teacher. She has spent both her academic years at our school working in the Early Years, teaching Cuckoo class. Miss Francis moved to Houghton Regis to take up her post and originates from Northern England. She is an accomplished Ukulele player.

Retired Governors

Miss Jamie Carmichael left the governing body in July 2018, having been a staff representative for three years. Miss Carmichael was the Deputy Headteacher at Tithe Farm Primary and has moved on to run her family Nursery.