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Meet our staff

The quality of our staff is the main reason that Newington Green has improved so rapidly over the past few years.

The quality of our staff is the main reason that Newington Green has improved so rapidly over the past few years. Our staff are recruited through highly rigorous processes that ensure they are of a standard we expect at Newington Green.

You will find our staff to be warm, friendly and committed when you visit our school.  Don’t be surprised to see us being very strict, or laughing out loud!  Both these elements fit firmly within our values of aiming high, accepting no excuses, but also caring and having fun!

  • Abi Misselbrook-Lovejoy

    Our Executive Headteacher
    Abi has an honours degree in Geography and Education and a Masters degree in Teaching. Abi has worked in Inner London schools since she qualified.  She has worked in the boroughs of Haringey, Hackney and Tower Hamlets.  Abi has worked in Islington since 2006 when she was the Deputy Headteacher at Vittoria Primary school.  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 February 2017 Abi became the Executive Head over Rotherfield Primary School, and Newington Green.  In this new role Abi is accountable for the improvement of both schools, and is assisted in this by Mairead, who is Newington Green's Head of School.
  • Mairead McDonnell

    Our Head of School
    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

    Our Deputy Headteacher (Achievement and Inclusion)
    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.
  • Jessica Beesen -Smith

    Our Deputy Headteacher (Teaching and Learning)
    Jessica Beesen -Smith has a BA Hons in Drama, Theatre and Television Studies, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Masters Degree in Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment from the Institute of Education. She has also completed the Developing Primary Leaders training at The National College for Teaching and Leadership. After training to be a teacher in Haringey Schools, Jessica taught in Islington for 6 years, before joining the leadership team at Newington Green Primary School in September 2012.
  • Nicola Andrews

    Our Assistant Headteacher Lower Phase (N, R,Years 1,2)
    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.
  • Cheska Tyler

    Our Assistant Headteacher Upper Phase (Years 3,4,5,6)
    Cheska has a BA Honours degree in Primary Education from the University of Brighton. In 2011, Cheska began her career in teaching in a school in East Sussex where she became leader of Assessment and Physical Education. Cheska moved to Islington in 2013 after accepting a role here at Newington Green Primary School as class teacher and Science subject leader before taking on her current role of Assistant Headteacher and Maths subject leader.
  • Carmel Old

    English Leader
    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.