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

Robert Brooks Academy Council Member & Chair of Kennington Park Academy 

20 Kennington Park Gardens, Oval, London SE11 4AX

Anna Howell Academy Council Member & Vice-Chair​ of Kennington Park Academy
Melissa Williams Headteacher, Kennington Park Academy  
Sandra Jackson Non-Teaching Staff Governor  
Joshua Harden Academy Council Member  
Carlo Guida Academy Council Member  
Lynda Harris PLT Academy Representative  
Vacancy Parent Governor  
  Teaching Staff  

If you have any queries or would like further information on our Local Governing Body, please contact Corinne Gould: 

Declaration of Conflict of Interests and Attendance

Robert Brooks, Academy Council Member & Chair

Robert is the Chair of the Academy Council. Robert has lived in Sutton since 2011 after qualifying as a Science Teacher and has taught in two schools in the London Borough of Sutton. Until 2020, Robert led secondary teacher training across a large Multi Academy Trust, bringing a wealth of strategic leadership experience. Robert is now the Director of Learning Support (Inclusion), the SENDCo and a member of the Senior Management Team in a London school. Alternative education is extremely important and personal to him as Robert’s younger brother has Asperger’s Syndrome and was educated in a special provision which enabled him to flourish.

Anna Howell, Academy Council Member & Vice Chair 

Anna has over 10 years experience in the Education Sector as a School Business Manager/Bursar and holds a Certificate in School Business Management and a Diploma in School Business Management.  Prior to this Anna worked as a Facilities Manager for a Charity (Livability – previously known as The Shaftesbury Society/ John Grooms) that delivers a wide range of services for disabled people including Education, community projects, care homes and residential care.  Anna is looking forward to working with the Wandle Valley team and playing a part in ensuring pupils meet their full potential.

Melissa Williams, Head Teacher, Kennington Park Academy

Melissa Elvé-Williams has worked for PLT since April 2015, and has been Head at Park Campus since September 2019, and Kennington Park since September 2021. She ran her own vocational school for the Trust, and has also been on the Leadership team of a mainstream Lambeth school. Her area of expertise is vocational education, and prior to joining Park campus as the Head of Academy, Melissa worked as the Vocational Lead across Parallel Learning Trust. Despite living in North London, she has worked in Lambeth for twenty years.

Sandra Jackson, Teaching Staff Academy Council Member

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, Academy Council Member

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.

Lynda Harris, PLT Academy Representative 

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.

Declaration of Business Interest