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.
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
I am a retired teacher, having spent 30 years working at Buxton Community School as Head of Maths and Assistant Head. I enjoyed my job immensely and worked with many
students who are now Fairfield Endowed parents and even grandparents!
I hope my experience will enable me to make a useful contribution as a Governor.
I also have particular interest in Primary Education as I have two grandchildren who go to school locally.
I’ve been retired since 2014 and my time is spent walking our dogs, doing crosswords and listening to music, among other things. I am married to Jenny and we have three adult children.