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North Fawdon

Primary School

Meet the Governors

Mrs Jan Caisley

CHAIR Co-opted Governor
















Mrs Emma Elliott


I am the Headteacher for North Fawdon Primary School.

I have worked in the North East in education for over fifteen years. I started my teaching career in Morpeth, Northumberland where I was the computing and Assessment Lead. During my time there I was also a lead teacher in the Every Child a Writer project where I would work with other teachers in schools to improve the teaching and outcomes in writing for children. I love teaching writing and it is still the area I love the most!

I have always been interested in Special Educational Needs and during this time I also studied for a Masters in Autism.

In the Summer term of 2010 I moved to North Fawdon to take up a position as Assistant Head and in the Spring of 2012 I was appointed Deputy Head. During my time here I have been English Lead, the lead for Pupil Premium and for Assessment.

During the 2017-18 academic year North Fawdon became involved in supporting Kenton Bar Primary school and I became Acting Head of School. I took over as Headteacher during the 2019/20 Academic year.














Ms Sarah O'Malley

Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor who has 2 children attending North Fawdon Primary School. I have 4 children in total including my daughter who has additional needs and disabilities. I have been a lone parent for many years and understand the challenges of this role first hand. I have had to take time away from work to attend my children’s needs and specifically my youngest who attends hospital regularly with her complex health needs.

I am also a registered children’s social worker who qualified in 2003. I have had many years’ experience in my professional role, including working within children with disabilities teams and fostering as well as central safeguarding teams. I mainly worked throughout cities in the North West of England, however returned to my birthplace Newcastle upon Tyne, with my children approximately 2 and a half years ago. I feel my life and work experience are a representation of my commitment to seeing children achieve their full potential and I maintain a value base within my professional and personal life that promotes the best outcomes for every child and knows the importance of the voice of the child.

Within the time my children have attended North Fawdon Primary School, I have witnessed my children’s confidence grow and in such a short time, they felt they had been in attendance at this school in their words ‘all their lives’. Their voices are heard and their individuality promoted while also learning in a positive environment, boundaries and skills that they will take with them for life.

I have also felt confident in North Fawdon Primary School from the outset and I am humbled to now be part of their governing team.



Mr Neil Morris

Co-opted Governor



Mrs Sarah Rice

Co-opted Governor


Mrs Yeliz Meshur

Parent Governor


Ms Lucy Grimshaw

Co-opted Governor




Ms Kirsty Bell

Co-opted Governor

I have been a co-opted governor of North Fawdon Primary School since September 2023 and I am thoroughly enjoying my role in this nurturing, child-focused and forward-thinking school.


I am also a senior lecturer in primary education at the University of Sunderland specialising in maths and geography as well as leading the first year on our Primary Education with SEND programme. Before this, I was a primary teacher and middle leader myself working in schools and academies in Newcastle, Northumberland and London as well as teaching within EYFS up to year 6. I understand first hand the pressures and responsibilities of being a teacher and the importance of a well-run school. My aim is to educate and prepare our future teachers to ensure all children are able to achieve their potential and are well-cared for to allow them to progress into their adult lives with confidence.


North Fawdon Primary School epitomizes my ethos as an educator as the staff work tirelessly to ensure all children are valued and have the means to make excellent progress academically, socially and emotionally. It is an absolute pleasure to be part of the governing body and work with such dedicated and supportive staff.