MEET THE GOVERNORS
Caitlin Bisknell - Chair of Governors
Caitlin first became a governor at FEJS more than 17 years ago, when her children attended the school. While they left several years ago – Caitlin stayed on!
A former Chair of the board of governors, Caitlin is deeply committed to FEJS and to ensuring that the school offers the best possible opportunities to all of its pupils.
She is currently the Derbyshire County Councillor for Fairfield, and until 2015, she served as the area’s High Peak Borough Councillor.
Jayne Mercer -Headteacher
Jayne served as a staff governor for 5 years before taking on the Headship of the school in January 2016.
She has a vast amount of teaching experience across the primary age range and has an Honours Degree in Primary Education and a Master’s degree in Education Management. Having started her teaching career in Manchester, Jayne has now worked in education for over 25 years. Jayne has previously worked for Manchester City Council and in the private education system before taking up the post of Assistant Head at Fairfield and later the Headship at Fairfield.
She has led various school development areas over this time including Literacy, assessment, special educational needs, transition and whole school curriculum.
Jayne is committed to providing the very best of opportunities for the children and families of Fairfield and values the contribution made by all stakeholders, including staff, and celebrates the links we have with St. Peter’s Church.
Jayne is married and lives in Derbyshire with her husband and son.
Sue Parkes - Deputy Head
Sue has served as a school governor for over 10 years, although she has only recently joined the governing body at FEJS, where she works as the deputy head teacher.
Prior to training as a teacher, Sue worked for 15 years in the IT industry as a project manager and analyst. She has maintained links to her previous career through her appointment 2 years ago as a Computing at School master teacher. This initiative, which is supported by the Department of Education, has allowed her to develop and deliver training on the new computing curriculum to schools across the Local Authority. Until this year, Sue was responsible for RE across the school and was thrilled when the school achieved an Outstanding grade in their last church inspection. With an honours degree in Clinical Biochemistry and Applied Molecular Biology, Sue has a passion for science and has worked throughout the year to develop the school’s science curriculum to increase the focus on practical skills.
Sue, who is married with 3 children, has an interest in music and sings in a local rock choir. She is also qualified to teach dance.
Sarah Flint - Co-opted GovernoR
Sarah joined the governing body as a parent governor in 2013 before her appointment as a co-opted governor in 2015, when the governing body was re-constituted. She is a member of the school development committee, lead governor for safeguarding and supports the School Council. Sarah is a development manager working with children and families in Cheshire.
Her children have been attending FEJS since 2009; currently she has one child at the school.
Sarah is committed to supporting development at FEJS, particularly the range of opportunities it provides for its pupils.
Christine McMullen - Foundation Governor
Christine moved to Buxton 20 years ago, when she got a job in Manchester. Her grandfather and great aunts were brought up in Fairfield and Christine has fond memories of staying with them as a child, so she knew that Buxton would be a good place to live as an adult. She used to teach English and RE in schools but then moved on to training adults to be ordained as vicars. Since retiring, Christine helps Rev. Carl Edwards by taking some of the services at St Peter's church.
Vicky Bramwell - Parent Governor
Vicky has lived in Fairfield all of her life and is a former pupil of FEJS. With one son currently at the school and one who will join in a few years' time from Fairfield Infants, Vicky is keen to support the school as much as possible, so it can be as good as can be for the benefit of all of its pupils.
She joined the governing body in September 2016 and believes that the school has already made some fantastic advances. She will use her time as a parent governor to contribute to the continuation of that progress, especially the transition between the two schools in Fairfield.
Having worked for a local business for many years, Vicky is well known within the town and is fully supportive of any school initiatives that reach out into the community.
• Link governor for Wider Curriculum
• Committee member of Teaching and Learning
• Vicky’s term of office runs until September 2020
• Declaration of business interests – nil
Neil Redman - RE and Computing Co-ordinator
Neil has served as a school governor for over 6 years at different schools and has been on the governing body of FEJS, where he works as a year 5 teacher, for over 1 year.
Prior to training as a teacher, Neil was a stay at home dad for his two children and before that worked in the Automotive glazing industry in training and development before proceeding to Health and Safety officer at their head office in Chesterfield, overseeing Quality Assurance and Health and Safety over their 100+ depots. Neil has an interest in theology which he brings to his role as RE lead and an interest in computing which he brings to his role as Computing lead. Graduating as a mature student before proceeding to his PGCE, Neil understands how important a good education is at a young age and how this enhances a child's choices and experiences.
Neil, who is married with 2 children, sings in his spare time, plays guitar and has recently returned to Kickboxing where he helps by coaching in the children's class as well as training himself. He is currently training for his brown belt with a view to completing his Black belt in the near future.
CARL HEWSON - CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
Gemma Pilkington - Parent Governor
Gemma has lived in Fairfield for most of her life and she is a former pupil of FEJS. She has previously worked for Social care before starting here at FEJS in 2015. She is excited for her child to join us here in September as she believes from watching the other children progress through their years here that she will be able to work to her full ability.
The Revd Andrew Foreshew-Cain - Co-opted Governor
For many years I was Vicar of two parishes in central London, and Chair of Governors of our local CE Primary School. Being a Governor was one of the very best things about my work and I am delighted to be a Governor here in Fairfield, to work with the dedicated staff team and to get to know a new community.
My community in London was very mixed, and included some of the most deprived parts of Camden as well as wealthy and leafy St John’s Wood. It was a wonderful and interesting place to live and minister. I was very involved in the local community in lots of way, on the Board of the local Youth Club, Community Centre and various other local boards and charities. I was also the founder of the Sherriff Centre which was based in one of my Churches and housed the local Post Office, a café, shop and large children’s soft play centre. It is a fabulous place, full of life and with hundreds of families making use of its facilities every week.
I retired to the Peaks in 2017 and live in Chapel, but am about to start a new job as Chaplain to Lady Margaret Hall at Oxford University in the autumn, but will be back and forth every week in term time and delighted that I will have every summer and holiday full time here in the Peaks.