The Governing Body at Newton Longville C of E Primary School is made up of volunteers from our community of parents, local church, staff and Local Education Authority. All hold a common interest in providing an outstanding education for our pupils.

 The Governing Body has four core functions:

To ensure clarity of vision, a clear ethos and set the strategic direction of the school acting as its moral compass
  1. To hold the school leadership team to account for the educational performance of the school

  2. To oversee the financial performance of the school to ensure its money is well spent

  3. To ensure that the school is compliant with an ever-changing range of legal requirements, statutory duties and statutory guidance

The Governing Body currently has 10 members but as with any volunteer organisation we would always welcome additional volunteers who can bring new skills and new perspective to the school.

More information about who we are, how we are organised and what we do can be found below.

The role of the Governor

The governors, set the vision and strategic direction of the school. We also set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. We monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher. Governors also undertake visits into school, meet with staff and pupils to monitor priorities identified in the School Improvement Plan. Our main role is to help raise standards of achievement for all the children in the school.

The Governing Body is not responsible for the day to day decisions of how the school is run; this is the role of the Headteacher, Mrs White.

Membership of Committees 

Every member of the governing body is a member of the ‘Full Governing Body’ (FGB). The FGB meets at least once a term. This is supported by two sub-committees drawn from the Full Governing Body who meet once or  twice per term to monitor key aspects of the school.

  • The Resources Committee is responsible for monitoring the finances and the premises of the school

  • The Curriculum and Standards Committee is responsible for monitoring the curriculum, progress and attainment of the school.

 Both committees report back, along with any Governor visits, to the termly FGB meeting.

In addition to the two committees noted above we periodically establish committees and working groups to provide oversight of specific areas of the school's operation. These committees and working groups may include co-opted members of the Governing Body.

  • Miss Alex Titley

    Chair of Governors

    Having moved back to Newton Longville I wanted to become part of the village community and became a Foundation Governor (and a Beaver Scout Leader) to help strengthen the link between St Faiths Church and the school. Although having studied Chemistry at University my working background has been in Education; firstly adult education supporting families then in the opposite direction into Early Years. My passion lies in providing a broad, engaging curriculum and opportunities for all children to find their own passion in learning. Although my youngest left Newton Longville to go to Aylesbury Grammar School, I am still committed to improving opportunities and raising standards in our village school.

  • Mr Ben Dimmock


    This is my first year as a Governor. I have one child who currently attends the school. My son is diagnosed with ASD, and therefore I have a vested interest in ensuring that the school complies with its SEN guidelines and policies. I am a Police Sergeant with Bedfordshire Police. Within the Police I spent a number of years working within Community Safety and Crime Reduction. One of my roles was leading the schools liaison team. I have a passion around ensuring children are given the tools and awareness in how to stay safe in the community.

  • Mrs Emma Everitt


    I became a Governor at Newton Longville in 2015. I live in the village and have three children, two of whom currently attend the school. My background is in the corporate and education world in publishing and high-stakes assessment and assessment-reform, though currently I am a full-time Mum. Whilst I am not working I wanted to take the opportunity to give something back to our community and being a governor is giving me the opportunity to do just that.

  • Rev Simon Faulks


    I have been Rector of the 5 Parishes of Newton Longville, Mursley, Little Horwood, Swanbourne and Drayton Parslow since June 2015. As part of that I also took on a governor role here at school. I live in the Rectory in Mursley with my wife, Gill, and our three children. I have previously been a Youth Worker for a church in a small market town and in local villages in Oxfordshire and really enjoy spending time with the children of the school.

  • Mrs Sarah Merrien


    I have lived in the village for over 15 years now. I have three children, Sam, Mia and Jacob. Sam currently works at Deloitte, Mia is studying for her A Levels at The Royal Latin (a Newton Longville Alumni), and also volunteers at the pre-school one afternoon a week to support her aspirations to study psychology at university and Jacob has just started year 4 at Newton Longville and in his spare time is a student at Stagecoach Milton Keynes and learning the Drums with an amazing tutor over in Furzton. I currently work at Network Rail managing the IT Service Design and Transition and I am part of the team who come along to STEAM week at the school every year armed with K’Nex, Robots, battery powered trains and an army of volunteers (it’s the best part of my job!!). I joined the Governing Body initially because Jacob asked me to become school president (!!??) but mainly because I felt it was time I gave something back to the school and local community that I am part of.

  • Mrs Victoria Molnar-Brown


  • Mr David Thomas


    Having lived in Newton Longville since 1984 and having two children who were attending the school, I took the opportunity to become a foundation governor in 2004. With our daughter in year 6 and son in year 2 at the time, I wanted to ensure that the excellent education they received would continue to be available to them for the duration of their stays in the school. 16 years later and I am still there! The role of a governor may have changed dramatically over those years but the fundamental purpose has not – that is to be the guardians for the best interest of all children in the school.
    I have worked in the field of engineering most of my working life and believe that this brings a valuable perspective to the governing team. The width and breadth of life experience bought by all of the governors has, in its own small way, contributed to the current good performance that the school achieves.

  • Mrs Benedicte Titley


  • Mrs Justine Dudley

    Deputy Headteacher