Executive Leadership

Raising aspirations through empowerment and leadership

Joan Deslandes, OBE, shows how Kingsford Community School is helping children from deprived backgrounds reach for the top, achieving the distinction of becoming a Centre of Excellence for their approach to inclusivity.
Group of pupils smiling

Equality of opportunity starts with education. This means that no matter where one starts from, their ability to succeed is defined by their merit rather than their social status. As the leader of Kingsford Community School, a co-educational inner city Local Authority comprehensive, catering for 1500 pupils aged eleven to sixteen in Newham, an area of high social and economic deprivation, with high levels of linguistic, ethnic and cultural diversity, the issue of access and inclusion is an ever-present concern, challenge and obligatory duty to be addressed. Engagement with the Achievement for All, ‘Achieving Schools’ programme has made an important contribution to facilitating improved life chances and social mobility for my pupils, as well as ensuring positive engagement with the education process, for the young people entrusted to the teaching, guidance and leadership of our staff team. This includes pupils who have some of the most challenging circumstances imaginable. 

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