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Borough Green Primary School

Learning Together with Kind Hearts and Determined Minds

Learning Together with Kind Hearts and Determined Minds

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Our Governors

Meet our Governors

As a school community we work very closely together.  Our House Captains have been interviewing our governors so they could find out a little bit more about them.  Here's what they found out...


Karen Sandberg Headteacher

Mrs Sandberg
Mrs Sandberg is the Head Teacher of Borough Green Primary School. She became a governor to let the governing body know all the good things that happen at Borough Green Primary School. At work, she oversees the teaching and learning, looks after the finances, maintains the buildings, ensures the professional development of staff, communicates with other – the list is endless! Mrs Sandberg was inspired by a PE teacher at secondary school, but she also finds seeing the children grow and develop in confidence an inspiration. Mrs Sandberg is quite competitive so her favourite subject at school was PE. She enjoys being physically active and being part of a team. If Mrs Sandberg had a free day, she would do some gardening, meet friends for coffee, or catch up on some sleep. Her favourite food is a roast dinner and she enjoys reading historical based novels and factual adventures. Mrs Sandberg would describe herself as thoughtful, hardworking and positive.

Interview by Jennifer Smith


Mrs Jemma Bale
Miss Butterfield wanted to become a governor to learn about what goes on behind the scenes at BGPS. She has been at the school for 3 years and joined the Governing Body in September 2020. Miss Butterfield’s responsibility are as Staff Governor. She is inspired by the other teachers in the school. As well as being Staff Governor, she is also a teacher to years 3/4. She had lots of ideas for if she had a free day: she would snuggle up in a cosy blanket, read books and watch TV. Miss Butterfield’s favourite food is pizza. She likes to read Sherlock Holmes. In her childhood she enjoyed learning her times tables. She would describe herself as calm and relaxed. 

Interview by Lex and Nora




Alison Chugg
Alison wanted to become a governor as she had previously worked in schools and missed being a part of a school community. Borough Green was perfect as it had s tong sense of community and focused on helping children understand themselves, each other and the world around them. As a child she was inspired but a Geography teacher who made lessons incredibly fun and as an adult is inspired but seeing children grow and develop personally and academically. Alison is an educational consultant and has taught in school all over the world from many age groups. Her favourite subjects to teach are Geography and English. In her free time Alison likes to swim, canoe, paddle board and sail. She also loves cycling and spending time with her family. One of her favourite foods are mangoes: when her children were young, they used to eat them in the bath as they were so messy and juicy. Alison would describe herself as curious, organised and enthusiastic.



David Cushway
Dave’s job in the police as a detective means that he already helps keep children safe but he wanted to take this further and support a local school in the community. His inspiration is his dad, who also used to be a school governor. Dave is also inspired by Gareth Southgate and his success with the England football team. In his spare time, he enjoys playing football, walking his dog and spending time with friends. He would describe himself as a friendly and sociable pizza lover.




Stephen Cole
When Stephen was growing up, he was fortunate to have fantastic teachers who believed in him, cajoled and encouraged him to achieve his potential. He became a governor to help create an environment where teachers and pupils can both achieve their potential. Stephen was inspired by his mother to be the best he could be in everything he tried and now his son inspires him to keep doing this. He works for a company that provides training to drivers that have committed offences and is responsible for keeping their information safe on a computer system. In his spare time, Stephen loved being active outdoors such as cycling and hiking in the local area. He also enjoys cooking, playing football and watching rugby (Ireland and Munster) with his son. His favourite food is fresh, locally grown fruit – particularly cherries from Offham and strawberries from Ightham. Stephen would describe himself as stubbornly determined, passionate about people achieving their potentional but according to his son is embarrassingly unfunny.



Alistair George Booth
Alistair loved his time at school and the lessons he learnt served him well throughout his life. He is now keen to use his life and professional skills to help all the children at the school to fulfil their potential in a supportive and fun environment; being a Governor enables him to do this. Alistair is inspired by anyone who overcomes a challenge to do a good deed without expecting anything in return – Captain Tom Moore is a perfect example. Alistair is a lawyer specialising in company and commercial work: a lot of his time is spent acting for energy companies on international projects. He loves sports but is now only a spectator of football and no longer plays. Alistair still enjoys playing tennis, cycling and running. He enjoys most food but favourites are sea food, curries and strawberries and cream. Alistair would describe himself as positive, social and calm.



Richard Pearce






Chloe McMenamin






Julie Harvey








Suzi Lawrence Partnership Governor

​Alistair George Booth
Co-Chair of Governors






Karen Sandberg Headteacher

Karen Sandberg

Chloe McMenamin
Partnership Governor

Stephen Cole
Vice Chair of Governors

Alison Chugg
Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor

Suzi Lawrence Partnership Governor

​Richard Pearce
Parent Governor 

Co-opted Governor

Mary West Partnership Governor

Jemma Bale
Staff Governor





Dave Cushway
L A Governor