Jenny Brick – Chair
My name is Andrew Harley and I am a parent governor. I have a daughter in Year 1 and a son who has recently completed his primary education here. I am always interested in hearing the views of parents about the school’s direction and priorities. I feel that children really benefit from being in a small community school, strong on pastoral care, and I’m keen to help ensure it is focused on meeting individual educational needs. I work for Colchester Borough Council and live in Rowhedge.
Before moving to Mersea Island twenty seven years ago, I taught in secondary schools and in both private sector and state primary schools. I taught at Mersea Island school for nine years, and as Deputy Head Teacher at Hamilton Road Primary School. Following this I worked with the Local Authority in the Schools Causing Concern Department which entailed spending periods of time in a number of schools in difficulty with the aim of moving them out of failing Ofsted categories. I have two sons and five grandchildren who all live abroad. My hobbies include sailing, walking, singing and glass work. I live behind the beautiful West Mersea church and have been a Friend of the church, raising funds to maintain the building for several years.
I’ve lived in Fingringhoe and the surrounding villages all my life and attended Fingringhoe School as a child myself, with my two oldest children now at the school. Although I am currently on Maternity Leave – having had our third child at Christmas – by profession, I am a teacher. I have taught in all years across the Primary range; however, I specialise in Numeracy in Upper Key Stage Two. I enjoy being a Governor at Fingringhoe – supporting our lovely village school as it continues to evolve.
I have just begun a new term as a Foundation Governor at Fingringhoe, having been a Parent Governor for the past four years. I am Vice Chair and also the Governor Safeguarding Lead. Both my children are at the school, which we chose because of it’s warm and nurturing village school appeal. It is a privilege to be on our close knit governing body. We are all united in our aim: for the school to offer educational excellence, whilst continuing to foster that friendly and supportive environment that attracted me as a parent to Fingringhoe in the first place. For work, I am a GP Partner at a surgery locally.