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Meet Our Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Our Governors come from a range of backgrounds, and bring different areas of expertise to the school.  Governors contribute to ensuring high standards of achievement for all children in the school by:


  • setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  •  holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


A Governor’s role is to support and challenge the senior staff to continue to improve the school.  It is largely a thinking and questioning role and Governors are not there to manage the school or do the jobs of school staff.  Governors fulfill their role by regularly attending Governing Body meetings, providing strategic guidance and by asking probing and challenging questions of leaders within the school.  They also undertake visits, serve on relevant committees and oversee the Headteacher’s performance management.


Chair of Governors

Patricia Ambrose is Chair of Governors. She first became a governor when her daughter was a pupil at Newington Green and has stayed on the Governing Body as a Community Governor (now a co-opted governor) for the last few years. Patricia works in higher education policy and research and has particular interests in art education and in improving education opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.



Vice Chair

Sue Hockett joined the Governing Body in the mid 1990s as a Community Governor (now a Co-opted Governor).  Sue has a background in construction and property management and is a member of the senior management team of a housing association based in west London. Sue’s motivation for becoming a governor was a desire to use her experience and skills to assist in providing each child at Newington Green with the best possible start to their journey to adulthood.  Sue is also Vice Chair of Governors and in that role aims to support the Chair and the Senior Management Team.


Chair of Governors- Patricia Ambrose

Vice Chair- Sue Hockett

Teaching and Learning Committee Chair- Cressida Jupp

Revenue and Resources Commitee Chair- Sue Hockett

Children, Families and Communities Chair- Patricia Ambrose

Safeguarding Governor- Patricia Ambrose

Governor person specification for Newington Green Primary School


We expect all governors to be able to demonstrate the following essential qualities and attributes:


  • commitment to improving education for all pupils;
  • ability to work in a professional manner as part of a team and to take collective responsibility for decisions;
  • willingness to learn and to engage in training and development;
  • commitment to the school’s vision and ethos and to the democratic values of freedom, tolerance and respect for the rule of law;
  • literacy, numeracy and IT skills, sufficient to deal with governing body papers and school data.


Across the Governing Body as a whole, we are also looking to ensure that a range of specialist skills are covered (but we do not expect any individual governor to have all of these), including: understanding and experience of governance; strategic planning; human resources and performance management; data analysis; financial planning/budgeting; community engagement and volunteering; legal understanding; premises and property management; and experience of working in education/social care/health settings.


The Governing Body may also decide to appoint Associate Governors to serve on a particular committee if they provide a specific skill that the committee requires.  Associate Governors can vote at committee meetings.  They can also attend full Governing Body meetings in a non-voting capacity.


We expect all governors to uphold the seven principles of public life (the Nolan principles) which form the basis of the ethical standards expected of all public office holders: selflessness, integrity; objectivity; accountability; openness; honesty; and leadership.

A fuller description of our expectations of all Governors is provided on our application form (see link below).


When vacancies arise, these are advertised on the School Governors One Stop Shop website ( Anyone interested in being considered for a future vacancy may also complete the attached Newington Green Governor Application Form and return this via email to clearly marked for the attention of the Chair of Governors.