Victoria Martin (Chair)
I am proud to be chair of governors at our wonderful village school. I live in the village and my daughter is a pupil here so it is a pleasure to be able to assist the school both as a parent and as a governor. My background is as a commercial outsourcing lawyer, which is very different to education. Fortunately, some of the skills have proved transferable and I have enjoyed supporting the school in a variety of ways.
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.