Sarah Symes

Office: 020 8997 2653

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Governing Body

Meet the Governors

Sarah Symes

Why did you decide to become a Governor at North Ealing Primary School?

As someone who works as a teacher in the school, I feel it is crucial that there be active positive contribution from members of staff who know the children and the curriculum and are immersed in the culture of the school on a daily basis. 

What do you think that Governors can bring to North Ealing Primary School?

The official role of the governing body is to be a ‘critical friend’ to the head teacher and staff in general. Therefore, it is crucial that they represent the wider community of the school. North Ealing School is extremely lucky to have a rich variety of skill sets amongst the governing body, enabling us to scrutinize and support the varied and complex needs and demands of the school as well as recognizing and promoting areas of strength.

What are your interests in Education

As a classroom teacher, my interests, not surprisingly, lie in promoting a positive experience of school life for all our children, through a rich and varied curriculum, engaging extra-curricular activities and helping to foster a safe and secure environment.

Brief history of your career, life and background


I was born in London in 1968 and, after moving around quite a lot, settled back in London where I met my husband, Rupert. We were lucky enough to spend 5 years in San Francisco where both our sons (Oliver and Sam) were born. We moved back to the UK in 2002 and have lived in Ealing since.


After University, I worked in retail: both on the shop floor as a trainee and then deputy department manager and also as a fashion buyer. After returning from The States, I completed a PGCE and have been working as a primary school teacher since then, mostly at North Ealing School.


Pitshanger Lane, Ealing, London W5 1RP

Tel: 020-8997-2653


Twitter: @northealingsch

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