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Our Governors


Jenny Brick – Chair


Patrick Duffy

I always wanted to become a governor at the school my children were going to attend and was delighted when the chance arose. Being a governor at Fingringhoe is extremely rewarding and, in addition to formal monitoring, whenever time permits I relish the opportunity to spend time in the classroom supporting the children in their learning. My principle responsibilities as a governor are Finance, Pay and Personnel.
At work, I am the Head of Estates for a public sector organisation covering the county of Essex.

Andrew Harley

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.


Jan Lawler

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.


Karen Priestley

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.


Kat Patel

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.

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