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NameTypeRoleAppointed by, Start Date & TermCommittee MembershipRelevant Pecuniary Interests & Relationships
Andy ShawCo-opted GovernorChair of Governors, Health and Safety Governor,09/10/2020 to 7/10/2024​

Full Governing Body, Resources, Teaching & Learning


Amanda AtkinsonCo-opted Governor
Vice-Chair of Governors, GDPR Governor

16/05/2017 to 15/05/2024

Full Governing Body, Resources, Teaching & Learning


Temi Ajayi
Parent Governor
Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment Governor1/10/2020 to 30/10/2024​

Full Governing Body, Resources, Teaching & Learning

Sasha Carney​
Parent Governor
Assessment and Maths Governor1/10/2020 to 30/10/2024

Full Governing Body, Resources, Teaching & Learning


​Lola KufejiLA Governor
Development Governor16/06/2020 to 15/06/2024

Full Governing Body, Resources, Teaching & Learning


Amanda Matsangou
Co-Opted Governor

08/10/2020 to 07/10/2024​

Full Governing Body, Resources, Teaching & Learning

Jasmine Tehrani
Parent Governor
Mental Health and Wellbeing Governor, SMSC Governor, English Governor

21/10/2019 to 20/10/2023

Full Governing Body, Resources, Teaching & Learning

Esther ThorpeParent Governor
SEN Governor, Pupil Premium Governor, Early Years Governor21/10/2019 to 20/10/2023​

Full Governing Body, Resources, Teaching & Learning

Emma DonoghueHeadteacher

01/04/2021 to present
Full Governing Body, Resources, Teaching & Learning

Newton Leys Primary School and Nursery Governing Board

Our Governors are a key part of the strategic leadership of the school and play a vital role in helping to ensure our children get the best from their time at Newton Leys Primary School and Nursery.

Our Governing board are a diverse group of individuals with a broad range of professional and personal skills, experiences, and attitudes. They are a group of volunteers, who help set and dedicate themselves to the vision, values, and strategic direction of the school, maintaining the highest of standards, whilst encouraging continual forward planning and thinking in their drive for excellence. Together they share a common goal, which is to help the school provide our pupils with the best education possible. 

 Effective governance is based on six key features:

  • Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos, and strategy
  • Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance 
  • People with the right skills, experience, qualities, and capacity
  • Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities
  • Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements
  • Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance


They share responsibilities for monitoring and evaluating the performance of the school in delivering a fulfilling, broad and balanced education for all the children.

The Governing Board meets at least 9 times throughout the school year: 1 Full Governing Board meeting, 1 Teaching, and Learning Committee meeting, and 1 Resources Committee per term.

Governors serve for a 4-year term - below is a list of our current Governors, the category of Governor they are and the date when they were appointed.

Clerking Services to the Governing body are provided by Milton Keynes Council.


Minutes of all meetings are held on file within the School Office, and copies of non-confidential minutes are available on request.


If you wish to contact a member of the Governing body, please email office@newtonleysprimary.org and your message will be passed on. Alternatively you may wish to send private and confidential correspondence to the Governors in a sealed envelope, via the School Office.


Our Governors have a wide range of skills and experience, which they share with our school on a voluntary basis.

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