Meet the Team

Charlie has been a teaching for over 15 years and has a range of skills from senior leadership to ITT coordination. She is a designated SLE for ITT and NQTs having trained new teachers for several years and is an experienced secondary drama specialist, enabling her to have a broad view of all schools in the area. 

As the current Lead of the Fairfields Alliance, she finds pleasure in seeing excellent practice across the county and sharing that practice beyond individual schools. She has supported schools with ledership training, school improvement and coaching and also delivers Governor training across the county.

Charlie believes that education plays a key role in a young person’s life and a supportive school can make such a difference to their life chances.


Charlie Furniss – Alliance Lead

Jodie has been working for the Alliance for 6 years and oversees the administrative and financial operations. You can contact her at:  


Jodie Walton – Alliance Business Manager

Lesley is the Headteacher at Fairfields School and an SLE for the Alliance.

Lesley has been in education for 15 years, spending 12 of those at Fairfields. During that time she has had a range of roles but has always had the passion to see children succeed in their learning. She was recently appointed as the new Headteacher for Fairfields. Lesley has a passion for Teaching, Learning and Assessment including curriculum design. Lesley delivers sessions on the School Direct programme, runs CPDL sessions and provides school to school support for pupils with SEND.    

Lesley Elder – Headteacher

Nicky is the new Deputy Headteacher at Fairfields School having previously been the Early Years Phase Leader and English Co-ordinator. 

Nicky Wood has a real love for learning with a wealth of experience gained over 25 years in mainstream and SEN education. Her creativity and dynamic personality enables her to support and shape professional practice. She took on the role of Link Tutor for 2019-2020, supporting our School Direct students and their mentors through their challenging training year. She continues to teach on the School Direct Programme and be actively involved in Alliance operations. 

Nicky Wood - Deputy Headteacher


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