The governors collectively provide a challenge and support function to the Headteacher and the Leadership Team.

The setting of rigorous and clear targets, and the frequent detailed monitoring and questioning of progress, is fundamental to providing the educational aspirations that Kennington Park Academy desires for all its students.

The Academy Council of an academy or Free School is responsible for ensuring that it is run to promote excellent pupil outcomes. Its duties include:

  • Holding the Headteacher to account as a "critical friend"
  • Supporting the Headteacher
  • Agree policies delegated to this Council
  • Making visits to the school to meet staff and pupils
  • Monitoring the spend of the delegated budget, including Pupil Premium

Academy Council Members

Jane McClenahan Community Governor & Chair of Kennington Park Academy

jmcclenahan@kenningtonpark.org.uk

20 Kennington Park Gardens, Oval, London SE11 4AX

Aidan Hempson-Jones Community Governor & Vice-Chair​ of Kennington Park Academy
 
Mark Jordan Chief Executive Officer, Parallel Learning Trust  
Anne Sturman Headteacher, Kennington Park Academy  
Ronan Stewart Teaching Staff Governor  
Sandra Jackson Non-Teaching Staff Governor  
Joshua Harden Community Governor  
Ben Hosford Community Governor  
Sebastian O'Connell Community Governor  
Charlotte Dunn Community Governor  
Lynda Harris PLT Academy Representative  
Vacancy Parent Governor  

If you have any queries or would like further information on our Local Governing Body, please contact Corinne Gould: cgould@plt.org.uk 

Declaration of Conflict of Interests and Attendance

Jane McClenahan, Community Governor & Chair

Jane has been Chair of the Academy Council since 2019 and a member since 2015. She currently trains journalists overseas to cover under-reported topics including children’s issues for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. She works with charities and NGOs developing their media training and is a member of the Irish Youth Foundation’s Development Board. She worked at the BBC for more than 15 years, mostly national and international news and current affairs.

Aidan Hempson-Jones, Community Governor & Vice Chair

Aidan is Vice Chair of the Academy Council. He joined as a community governor in 2015. He is a senior policy adviser at the Department for International Development working on West Africa. Aidan is an ambassador of the Teach First programme and has previously worked at the Department for Education and been a maths teacher at another local secondary school.

Mark Jordan, CEO of Parallel Learning Trust

Mark is the Chief Executive Officer for the Parallel Learning Trust and has had a range of successful leadership experiences in mainstream secondary schools, as an Executive Headteacher of SEMH and ASD 5-18 provisions as well as senior Officer posts in Local Authority. He has a wide range of experiences ranging from strategic lead of Primary and Secondary Alternative Provision, Special Educational settings, Teenage Mothers Provision, Hospital School, Home Tuition Service, Outreach service and as a School Improvement Partner.

Anne Sturman, Head Teacher, Kennington Park Academy

Anne has been in education since 1988 and has been a member of the KPA team since 1998 – 19 years in a leadership capacity. Anne has led the team through 4 successful Ofsted inspections. She has extensive experience of supporting pupils, families, colleagues and primary schools in SEMH and for 18 years was part of the KPA behaviour support advisory team, which also included delivering CPD to schools, SenCos and NQTs.

Ronan Stewart, Teaching Staff Governor

Ronan has been in education since 2001 and has been a member of the KPA team since 2010. Ronan is responsible for the Quality of Education across the three sites with a specific managerial role for Oak Park Academy.

Sandra Jackson, Teaching Staff Governor

Sandra joined KPA in 2000 as a Reintegration Officer. Since 2017 she helped to set up and support the first SEMH class and is now a KS2 member of the Oak Park school for children with SEMH needs. Sandra’s focus is supporting children to understand and regulate their emotional, mental, and learning needs as well as engaging with their parents and carers.

Joshua Harden, Community Governor

Josh has been a member of the Academy Council since January 2019. He works for Transport for London as the Fleet Manager for London Overground, a post he has held since finishing TfL's management graduate scheme. Outside of work, Josh has volunteered for The Kids Network charity in various capacities since 2018, an organisation that provides mentoring services to young Londoners in need.

Ben Hosford, Community Governor

Ben joined the Academy Council in 2019. He works for 59 Productions as a Producer, and prior to this was Production Associate at Punchdrunk International. Ben specialises in immersive, site-specific and non-traditional theatre and events.

Sebastian O’Connell, Community Governor

Seb joined as an Academy Councillor in 2020. He is a Management Consultant in KPMG’s Operations Consulting Practice and has been in this role for almost 5 years, working on a wide range of Procurement and Supply Chain projects spanning across many different industries, including Pharmaceuticals, Retail, Manufacturing, Government and Financial Services.

Charlotte Dunn, Community Governor

Charlotte joined the Academy Council in 2020. She comes from a charity background where she worked in international development and homelessness prevention. She then moved to working for Members of Parliament. She has a keen interest in ensuring that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have access to the best educational opportunities available, especially through the use of technology.

Lynda Harris

Lynda Harris didn’t become a teacher until 1999, previously she was a Youth Worker and ran the Outreach Support for Hertfordshire. Alongside this work she was a Teaching Assistant in a large secondary school and an Outdoor Educational leader. Lynda has always worked with vulnerable young people in a variety of settings, previous to being the Head Teacher at Wandle Valley, she ran the behaviour support unit in a secondary school and assisted in the behaviour support across the borough. During her working career she has delivered CPD in a number of schools and in a DFE setting. Lynda has a vast background of other experiences, she worked as a carpenter, teacher of PE/ICT/DT/Basic Motor Mechanics and Basic Building Skills. Outside of work Lynda plays Hockey and loves to Kayak.