About School

  • joansKingsford Community School was officially opened in September 2000.
    Kingsford is a thriving comprehensive school with a strong reputation for providing the highest quality educational opportunities in an inclusive student environment. We have a local and national reputation for our innovative teaching, international links and teaching of Mandarin. In 2007, the School became the first Confucius Classroom for London and the South-East. Whilst we uphold traditional values, academic achievement and standards of behaviour, we are an innovative school responding to the changing needs of our students and the demands of higher education and employers.

    We are extremely proud of our Specialist Language College and Confucius Classroom status and being a leading edge partnership school. We aim to be at the forefront of developments in teaching and learning. Our Specialist status will allow us to continue to expand our language curriculum and our links with the local and international community.

    We expect all our students to contribute to the wider life of the school and community and students are valued for their individuality and the enormous creative potential they have. I am proud to lead a team of highly professional and dedicated staff who support the development of all students both academically and socially.

    I hope this website provides you with an in-depth view of Kingsford; there is more in our prospectus that can be viewed here and you are always welcome to visit us. The school's Ofsted report can also be viewed here. In the meantime, you can keep up to date with all the school's latest news in the press section of this website.

    Joan Deslandes

    Head Teacher
  • The Governing Body has a critical role to play in supporting the Head teacher and her teaching and support staff in an increasingly complex and changing external environment and is determined to take the necessary strategic decisions to ensure that Kingsford Community School continues to make significant progress and is fully equipped to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

    The Governors are as follows:

    Chair of Governors:
    Dr. Bill Bolton

    Vice Chair of Governors:

    Ms. Delia Barker
    Mr. John Cocking
    Bola Awoyemi
    Richard J Cairns MA (Oxon) FRSA
    Cllr. Ayesha Chowdhury
    Elaine Fleming
    Judith Jackson
    Graham Lane
    Joyce Ofori-Boafo
    Bumni Olaloku
  • Joan Deslandes
    Head Teacher
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    Fred Ashford-Okai
    Director of Learning – Community Cohesion
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    Scott Brooks
    Director of Learning – Behaviour, Good Manners and Safety
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    Beverley Burrell-Joseph
    Director of Teaching Excellence – Quality of Written Work
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    Elaine Fleming
    Director of Teaching Excellence – Premises and Administration
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    Senaka Galagadera
    Director of Teaching Excellence – Marking and Feedback
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    Rachel Heseltine
    Director of Learning – KS3 Progress and Attainment
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    Machel Hewitt
    Director of Teaching Excellence – Vulnerable Pupils
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    Joanne Mackreth - Aylett
    Director of Learning– Teaching and Learning
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    Charlene Ponteen
    Director of Learning – KS4 Progress and Attainment
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    Judy Sung
    Director of Teaching Excellence – Teaching and Learning
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  • Year 7 Progress Leader
    Chantelle Kentwell
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    Year 8 Progress Leader
    Laurence Darcy
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    Year 9 Progress Leader
    Rohan Cummings
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    Year 10 Progress Leader
    Eugene Dapper
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    Year 11 Progress Leader
    Andrea Bruff
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History of School

Kingsford Community School was officially opened on a temporary site in September 2000.  In that year the school comprised of just a one year intake of two hundred and fifty pupils and 14 staff.  Each year thereafter, the school expanded to include a new year group of three hundred pupils until the school reached its full complement of 1500 pupils in 2004.

The school moved to the current site in Beckton, in October 2002 when its new building was opened.  Kingsford has since established itself as a centre of learning within the community and has contributed to making enormous and significant differences to the prospects of young people, their families and indeed the whole community.  Our academic results have constantly made steady progress and provided value added.  With a forward looking ethos and a clear strategic direction, the school has led educational innovation.  The exploration and promotion of progressive curricular and pedagogical methods relevant to contemporary developments in our society and internationally, combined with educational collaboration with the independent sector, are important areas in which Kingsford is well known to have taken the appropriate and exemplary initiative.  Our sporting prowess is well established within our Borough of Newham, in London and the UK.  The school has long held the Sports Mark status, whilst our budding football teams have been regular London Cup winners as well as being National Cup finalists.  Other achievements include, Arts Mark Gold, Investors in People, Healthy Schools, Cisco Academy and Financial Mark status as well as the International School Award.  Not least is the achievement of our pupils in a range of Mandarin speaking and debating competitions, an area in which the school has not only excelled, but also won a number of national awards and consequently been invited to debate with schools here in the UK, in Europe, in the USA, in China and the House of Lords.

In July 2005, the day before London was named as the host city for the 2012 Olympics, Kingsford Community School became a Specialist Language College, and soon after that was appointed as the first Confucius Classroom in the world representing London and the south east of England.  This was not only a much appreciated acknowledgment of the excellent, cutting-edge developments in the teaching and learning of Mandarin and Chinese studies in our classrooms and beyond, but indeed an enormous enhancement and endorsement of our vision.  Most recently during his state visit, the school was invited to attend a meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in recognition of the impact of our work in this area.

Over the years the school has established and benefited from close educational links locally, nationally and internationally.  Our mutually beneficial educational relationship with schools in both the state and independent sectors as well as in China, Denmark, Norway, Kenya, Ghana, Spain, France and the United States have enabled our pupils to participate in regular immersion courses and international work experience.

Kingsford is proud of how its British identity is celebrated and respected within its particularly diverse community and consistently encourages pupils and staff to promote this, whilst always recognising how the presence of a range of language, cultural and religious knowledge and experiences has a role to play in building a cohesive and vibrant learning environment where all its members—pupils, staff and parents respect and value each other, feel safe and are motivated to learn and make a contribution as effective citizens. In playing our part in building a cohesive and productive British society we have sought to promote the importance of educational achievement and cultural literacy, whereby we expound the values of the various communities where each of our histories started, whilst always recognising our accountability for our collective educational aim and duty, which is to ensure that all achieve their best and fulfil their potential.