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
    Dear Parents and Carers, At Kingsford Community School we aim to provide a high quality education for each one of our students, within an environment that promotes learning and enjoyment, and develops responsible adults able to maximise their opportunities in whatever walk of life they choose after leaving school.
    The Governing Body is responsible, with the Head Teacher and Leadership Team, for setting the educational direction for the school and the targets to be achieved over time, and then monitoring progress towards those objectives and targets.
    In September 2013 OFSTED rated Kingsford as ‘outstanding’ in achievement behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management.
    Kingsford has the highest expectations of its students in behaviour, discipline and hard work.
    Students are offered an education which is innovative, effective and enjoyable, built around a focus on a well-rounded and international education – as emphasised by the school’s status as a Confucius Classroom and International School Award accredited school. Our aim is to prepare them to succeed in their chosen careers, and as citizens of the society in which they will live and work.
    As Governors we expect Kingsford to be at the heart of the community in Beckton, and that its resources and facilities are shared by as many people as possible. We look forward with you to a bright future at Kingsford Community School.

    Dr William Bolton

    Chair of Governors

    The Role of Governor
    Within England, there are over 300,000 School Governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

    The members of a Governing Body work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:
    • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the school.
    • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
    • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
    • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the school is making towards its set aims and objectives.

    Finally the role of role of the School Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Head Teacher as a 'critical friend.'

    The Governing Body of Kingsford Community School
    The School Governing Body includes representation from staff and parents, as well as Co-opted members from the local community and businesses.

    The Chair of the Governing Body at Kingsford Community School is Dr William Bolton, who can be contacted c/o the Kingsford.
    The Clerk to the Governing Body is Mr Andrew Barr who can be contacted on 020 7476 4700 or [email protected]

    Kingsford Community School Governing Body Membership Date of Report: Friday, 11 December 2015

    Governor Names and Terms of Office

    Dr William Bolton Chair of Governors Co-Opted Governor 26.03.17
    Mr Richard Cairns Associate Governor 26.03.17
    Cllr Ayesha Chowdhury Vice-Chair Authority Governor 17.08.18
    Mr Joel Cohen Co-Opted Governor 23.10.18
    Ms Joan Deslandes Head Teacher Member
    Ms Elaine Fleming Staff Governor 22.10.18
    Ms Judith Jackson-Forte Co-Opted Governor 20.11.17
    Mr Graham Lane Co-Opted Governor 26.03.17
    Dr Doug Munro Co-Opted Governor 08.06.19
    Ms Titilola Olaloku Co-Opted Governor 31.03.19
    Mr John Rolfe Co-Opted Governor 20.11.17
    Ms Elizabeth Weeks Co-Opted Governor 16.07.18

    Parent Governor
    The two spaces on the Governing Body allocated to Parent Governors are currently vacant. If you are interested in seeking election to this post please contact the Governing Body administrator.

    Governing Body Committees
    There are two sub-committees of the Kingsford Community School Governing Body. These are as follows:

    Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee
    This committee is responsible for scrutinising the school’s budget, expenditure, Human Resources and dealing with the PFI company from whom the school leases its premises.
    Dr William Bolton Committee Chair
    Mr Graham Lane
    Ms Elaine Fleming

    Curriculum Committee
    This committee is responsible for scrutinising the school’s curriculum arrangements and levels of attainment across all years.
    Cllr Ayesha Chowdhury Committee Chair
    Ms Joan Deslandes Head Teacher
    Ms Judith Jackson-Forte

  • Joan Deslandes, Head Teacher
    Fred Ashford-Okai, Assistant Head – Community Cohesion
    Scott Brooks, Assistant Head – Behaviour, Safety and Good Manners
    Sen Galagedera, Assistant Head – Marking and Feedback
    Rachel Heseltine, Assistant Head – Curriculum and Literacy
    Joanne Mackreth - Aylett, Assistant Head – Teaching and Learning
    Charlene Ponteen, Assistant Head – Progress, Attainment and Guidance
    Grant Smith, Assistant Head - Inclusion
    Beverley Burrell-Joseph, Director of Learning – Student Engagement and Partnership with Parents
    Elaine Fleming, Director of Finance, Premises and Personnel
    Machel Hewitt, Director of Learning – Safeguarding
    Judy Sung, Director of Learning – Teaching Excellence (On Maternity Leave)
    Christine Szekely, Director of Learning (On secondment from Brighton College - Tuesdays only)
    Michelle McIntosh, Associate School Leader for Progress
  • Year 7 Progress Leader
    Machel Hewitt
    [email protected]

    Year 8 Progress Leader
    Annmarie Davis
    [email protected]

    Year 9 Progress Leader
    Laurence Darcy
    [email protected]

    Year 10 Progress Leader
    Rohan Cummings
    [email protected]

    Year 11 Progress Leader
    Andrea Bruff
    [email protected]


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 Xi Jinping 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 fulfill their potential.