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Leadership Team


Abi Misselbrook-Lovejoy


Our Executive Headteacher


Abi has an honours degree in Geography and Education and a Masters degree in Teaching with distinction. In April 2010 Abi began work at Newington Green as the Headteacher.  In 2012 Abi trained as an OFSTED inspector, and completed her Professional Qualification in School Inspection.  In 2020 Abi completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Executive Coaching. In February 2017 Abi became the Executive Head over Rotherfield Primary School, and Newington Green.  In this role Abi is accountable for the improvement of both schools.  In 2019 Abi won the Islington Headteacher of the Year award. Abi is an OFSTED inspector, and School Improvement Adviser, as well as working in her Executive Head role.



Mairead McDonnell


Our Head of School

Deputy DSL

Mairead Mc Donnell, completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education in London in 2002 and took up her first teaching post in Islington in 2003. Mairead became Deputy Headteacher at Newington Green Primary School in 2007 and was acting Headteacher from September 2009 until April 2010, when the new Headteacher was appointed. Mairead completed a Masters in Teaching and Learning in 2013. In February 2017, Mairead became the Head of School when Abi took on the role of Executive Head of Newington Green and Rotherfield Primary Schools. In this new role Mairead is responsible for the day to day leadership of Newington Green and ensuring the school continues to improve.  






Helen Bennett


Deputy Headteacher (Achievement and Inclusion/SENco) 

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Helen Bennett completed her PGCE in Manchester and moved to London in 2005 to start her first teaching post in Islington. She became Assistant Head at Newington Green Primary School in 2008 and took over the role of Inclusion Manager in 2010. She has completed the Postgraduate National Award for SEN Coordination and the Postgraduate Certificate in Ethnic Minority Achievement.




Nicola Andrews


Assistant Headteacher (2YO, Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y2, Early Years SEND)
Deputy DSL

Nicola has an honours degree in Education from Nottingham Trent University. Nicola started working at Newington Green in 2003, having started her career in teaching at Hargrave Park, another Islington school. Nicola has been a class teacher and phase leader before taking on her current role. Nicola has special interest in Early Years education, and has been instrumental in driving improvements in Early Years provision here at school.



Carmel Old


Assistant Headteacher (Y1, Y2, Y5, Y6 and English Lead across the school)

Deputy DSL


Carmel has a BA honours degree in Primary Education from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff. After moving to London in 2010, Carmel started her teaching career at Gainsborough Primary School in Hackney where she worked as a class teacher, a Phase Leader and English Leader. During this time, Carmel developed her knowledge of teaching literacy skills across the different year groups and used it to write an engaging curriculum for her school. After 5 years she made the move to Newington Green Primary School where she took on her current post as English Leader.







Musa Campbell


Maths Leader, and Teacher Training Leader


Musa has a BA honours degree in Childhood and Education from the open University and a PGCE with distinction from London Metropolitan University. Musa started working at Newington Green in 2014 and qualified as a teacher while working at the school. In 2019, Musa became Leader of Teacher Training and has been instrumental in developing aspiring teachers. During her time at Newington Green, Musa developed her knowledge of teaching Maths across different year groups and in 2022 she was appointed to the role of Maths Leader where she will be leading the mathematical provision throughout the school.   

    Sharon Rossi


    Federaton Business Manager


    Sharon has over 20 years’ experience of working in Local Government in finance and social care. Sharon has a degree in Business Studies, a Diploma in School Business Management, Diploma in Leadership and Management and a Certificate in IOSH. Sharon has over 10 years’ experience of working in finance within the London Borough of Haringey and more than 6 years’ experience working as a School Business Manager within a multi-academy trust. Sharon leads on all non-teaching functions of the Federation (finance, premises, administration).