Norbury Manor Primary School


What is Governance?

 School Governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children's education.

Governors are one the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part in raising school standards.  The role of the Governing Board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.  Ofsted has continually notes that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management, including that of the Governing Board.

What do Governors do?

 School Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools.  The main purpose is to help raise the educational standards and performance of Norbury Manor Primary School by supporting the work of the Headteacher and the school staff.  Governors ensure that the school runs effectively, that quality teaching and learning is happening across the school, that the budget is spent wisely and provides good value for money.

The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Board.

The Governors make strategic decisions and main responsibilities relate to:

  • Appointing the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher
  • Setting targets and promoting high standards of education.
  • Being part of the schools senior leadership team and to be strategic in their thinking e.g. monitoring the progress of all groups of children, evaluating the impact of the school's curriculum and promoting good teaching and learning.
  • Acting as a 'critical friend'. A 'critical friend' offers support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed.  However a 'critical friend' may also challenge, ask questions, seek information, improve proposals and so arrive at the best solution for the pupils, staff and whole school community.
  • Making decisions on the school's budget and staff.
  • Being accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community.
  • Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based.
  • Ensuring that Health and Safety and Safeguarding policy and procedures are followed and embedded.
  • Approval of all school policies.
  • Making sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special educational needs.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the Local Authority.

When do the Governors meet?

 The Governing Body meet 6 times annually, one each half term as a full Governing Body.

The Governors have different backgrounds which enable them to bring a great variety of skills to the governing body, and this, combined with a shared commitment to the pupils and staff of the school, is one of the reasons why they are so successful.

What are the types of school governors?

The Governing body of a maintained school are typically four types of Governors.


  •  Parent governors are elected to be representative  of the parent body. They should keep in touch with those who elected them but make up their own minds on how to vote on any specific issue.
  • Staff governors include the head teaching and support staff.  With the exception of the head teacher, staff governors are elected and should communicate with those who elected them.  All staff governors should make up their own minds on how to vote on any specific issue.
  • Local Authority governors are appointed by the local authority. As with all other governors they should be appointed with a view to their commitment to raising standards.  They should keep in touch with those  who appoint them but should vote according to the best interest of the school.
  • Community governors should be living or working in the community served by the school, or committed to the good government and success of the school.  They are invited to join the governing body and are entitled to vote when new community governors re being considered.
  • Associate members can be appointed by he governing body to serve on one or more governing body committees, and attend full governing body meetings.  They do no have voting rights.
  • Co-Opted governor is a person appointed by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Composition and Register of Interest for the Governing Body


Name Governor Type


declared Y/N

Information of interest Start Date End Date
Sonia Potter Headteacher N 18/10/2016
Nneoma Onyemachi Chair  N 18/01/2018 17/01/2022
Keran Currie

Vice Chair


Y SEN Consultant 18/01/2018 17/01/2022
Alison Hatt Co-Opted Y Governor of Orchard Primary School Lambeth 28/04/2019 27/04/2023
Dr Cassandra Martinez-King Vice Chair Y

Tzaddi Oil & Gas

Law & Energy Finance

Lpss- Petroleum Law & Management School

28/04/2019 27/04/2023
Ashtaq Arain Co-Opted Y

TMJ Consultants

Global Humanitarian Relief Foundation

28/04/2019 27/04/2023
Mohammed Mir Co-Opted Y

Thornton Heath Acton Team

St Georges Hospital Trust

28/04/2019 27/04/2023
Charlie Mercer Co-Opted N 04/04/2019 03/04/2023
Sharon Walton Staff Y

NASBM Member

BIFM Member

IOSH Member

19/01/2017 18/01/2021
Stacey Jayakumar Co-Opted N 01/10/2018 30/09/2022
Pandora Valentine Parent N 21/03/2019 20/03/2023
Humera Fatima Parent N 06/04/2019 05/04/2023
Tillat Kadri Associate N 21/03/2019 20/03/2022

 Governor Attendance Record

 2017-2018 Governor Attendance Record

Governor Profiles 


Nneoma Onyemachi

Chair of Governors





























I am an experienced senior leader who has helped construct and promote the visions required to ensure a high quality of education for pupils. I am an excellent and dynamic practitioner with very high standards and endurance. In addition I am an extremely dedicated, reliable, resourceful, reflective and enthusiastic teacher who has considerable experience of working with multi-racial inner city pupils. 

My expertise is within education as whole.

My key skills are:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Safeguarding
  • Raising Attainment
  • Building effective teams
  • Behaviour Management
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Skills based Curriculum Development

 Personal  skills are:

  • Integrity
  • Flexibility & Adaptability 
  • Time Management
  • Organisational Skills
  • Self- Motivation
  • Teamwork
  • High Energy Level
  • Able to work under pressure

 I am believe i the benefits of teaching quality music sessions.  I am a choir conductor, vocal coach and I teach a Steel Pans.



Keran Currie

Vice Chair of Governors










 I am an experienced Headteacher.  I have held teaching and school leadership positions for the last 22 years.

I am a strategic leader.  I am a confident and effective with financial  and personal management.  I am fully aware curriculum requirements and I have a broad experience of Ofsted training.

I am particularly skilled  in all areas of safeguarding having previously served on a local Children's Safeguarding Board. I have recently been elected as an associate member of the Croydon Schools Forum. 

I enjoy travelling and learning new languages.  I am a fluent French speaker. 



Alison Hatt

Co-Opted  Governor 



























My working life has been spent in Education-I started teaching in 1969!
I worked for ILEA (Inner London Education Authority) as an Infants and Primary teacher for 14 years in South London schools, then was an advisory teacher working with Primary class teachers across London.

Following this I worked for 3 years in Higher Education in Bristol as a Senior Lecturer in Education, training student teachers. I then worked in Merton as a support teacher for bilingual learners before returning to HE. I spent the last 14 years of my working life at what is now London Metropolitan University. This involved running PGCE courses as well as working on other academic courses. 

I joined the Governors at NMP in Autumn 2014. I am also a governor at a Primary school in Lambeth and had many year’s experience as a governor in a Primary School in Wandsworth.

My key skills:

  • Strong academic qualifications
  • Knowledge of education, its history and development
  • Children's learning and knowledge  of the curriculum
  • Knowledge of classroom practice
  • Commitment to all aspects of equality
  • Concern for children's and adult's wellbeing

 Enjoying retirement! Meeting friends, going to museums and art galleries, reading (including membership of a Book Group), walking, working on our garden and allotment.


Ashtaq Arain

Co-Opted Governor























Local term experience of working with local communities on various initiatives ranging from Health, Education and faith related matters.

I sit on a number of organisations which I chair and participate in relating to connecting communities and young people and providing fund for projects to enable that to happen.

 My key skills

Community connection Experience in HR related matters
Working with businesses Connecting business with the school

I am a founder/trustee of a charity Global Humanitarian Relief foundation working around the world. We work mainly in the Education, Poverty and Health sector.

We fund a number of education projects in Gaza, Pakistan and India. For the last 6 years I have also run a soup kitchen in Croydon where we provide hot meals and winter cloths to those in need.

I sit on various council and community related committees.


Stacey Jayakumar

Co-Opted Governor



































I am Maths Lead and a class teacher at Norbury Manor Primary School. I have experience and wide subject knowledge in KS2 having worked in year 5 and 6 as PPA cover in a school in East London followed by three academic years in year 4. At Norbury Manor, I have worked in both year 3 and 5. Furthermore, I have experience in leading years 3, 4 and 5.  

I have been a Maths leader for one year and have implemented numerous changes which have impacted the children and staff positively. In my previous school, I was part of leading Creative Arts.

Due to working in two completely different boroughs (East London and Croydon) whereby the children are from range of ethnic backgrounds, I feel I have a sound knowledge in managing how to tackle barriers to learning for EAL children.

I have experience in running clubs after school such as chess (at Norbury and at my previous school) and writing club, both of which were in the interest of providing extra opportunities for our children.

As I am a class teacher at Norbury, I feel that I am able to share my knowledge of children and education and suggest ideas on how we can move forward as a school.

I enjoy socialising and meeting new people whilst building strong relationships. Most importantly, I love travelling and exploring other countries around the world.

My love for Maths has encouraged me to become Maths lead. Having studied music at A level and after learning to play the piano from the ages of 5-18, I have a passion for music. I enjoy singing and have had experience in recording my own songs at a studio. My musical talents have also been recognized in the newspapers at a young age.

Furthermore, I enjoy dancing and really encourage children to be just as involved in school. I often attend dance classes to improve my dance skills

Moreover, I enjoy taking part in a range of sports. This includes activities such as kick-boxing, swimming, badminton and attending gym classes.

Outside of school, I enjoy playing various different board games, particularly chess



Pandora Valentine

Parent Governor















I do not have nay previous experience as a governor but I am enjoying the challenge and learning from the training courses given by the school and council.

 The knowledge I have is being a parent and raising four children.  I am a team player and can work well by myself too.

I bring youth, passion, drive, positive energy and can work  well under pressure.  I don't give up, and like challenges. I am not afraid  to speak up or whats most important and right.  I can and will bring a parents perspective.

I love help people.  I am caring and supportive.  I am very hard working and punctual.

My children , my partner  and family will always come first.  They are my passion, my happy place, my energy, my support system and my everything.

I love taking my eldest son Alijah to his football training and watching him play matches, supporting and encouraging him. He participates in football activities 3/4 days a week.


Mohammed Mir

Co-Opted Governor









 I have been a L.A governor and know I am a Co - Opted governor at Norbury Manor Primary School for several years.

I have broad experience of Ofsted. I have seen many changes in education and have enjoy being committed to our current situation.  

As a Vice Chair of Thornton heath Action Team and member of St Georges Hospital Trust, I believe good communication and creative skills and ability to listen are the key things.

I have a young family and enjoy spending time with them.  Through my Thornton Heath Action Team, I have worked with the local establishment to improve the local area. 



Charlie Mercer

Co-Opted Governor












 Having had family members and friends as teachers all my life, I am excited to get more involved in education through joining the Norbury Manor Primary team. In my day job I work in Financial Services, working on projects that span countries and cultures with a particular focus on technology and innovation. Through my work I have also worked with charities to provide hands on ‘business skills’ experience to primary school children. 

Through my work I will bring business knowledge and know my way around an excel spreadsheet but more importantly I am organized, optimistic and not afraid to get stuck in!

In my spare time I am very active, enjoy going to the gym and playing football. I also love to cook, am active in local politics and enjoy exploring new parts of London.