Kemi joined the Local Governing Body in July 2020. She is an Assistant Principal at a single academy trust school for young people aged 11 to 18, working as part of the Senior Leadership Team. Kemi is also the named CFO and Company Secretary for the single academy trust. Prior to this, the majority of her career in Education spans over 14 years, starting in higher education as a University Finance Manager and Deputy Head of Income, through to the primary sector as School Business Manager.
Kemi is passionate about young people having access to high-quality education, so that they can flourish and feel empowered to work towards their personal aspirations. Kemi looks forward to working with the school’s Local Governing Body and Leadership Team, to make sure that every child and their families have the best experience Addington Valley Academy can offer.
John Reilly, Principal (Ex-Officio)
John has been a teacher since graduating in the mid 1990s and started as a teacher of History in a local comprehensive school before moving onto posts in a number of inner London schools. During this time, he developed a strong interest in inclusion and wanting to assure all young people had access to high quality education. He feels blessed to have worked in a variety of different types of outstanding settings and been inspired by exceptional school leaders.
Jordana has been a secondary Drama and Theatre Studies teacher since 2013 and a middle leader since 2015. She is committed to ensuring every student receives the quality education and pastoral support they deserve, in order to achieve their potential. Jordana has taught in both the state and independent sector. She has a PGCE and MA in Education with Distinction from Goldsmiths, University London and holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre and Russian Language from Beloit College in Wisconsin, USA.
In addition to her work as a middle leader, Jordana has been responsible for leading whole-school teaching and learning initiatives. She has taught students with autism in mainstream settings and has enjoyed helping them to develop their social communication and emotional needs, alongside their academic and practical theatre skills. She looks forward to helping students to gain their confidence and independence in her role as governor.
Lucy is the Senior Assistant Principal at Carew Academy, an Outstanding school for students aged 7-18 with a wide range of ability levels and additional learning needs, including complex needs. She is a primary trained teacher and spent ten years working in mainstream before joining Carew five years ago – a move she is thankful to have made every day since.
Lucy is married with two daughters, both of whom are still in primary education, and served a two year term as a parent governor at their school. A keen amateur dramatics enthusiast, she is extremely supportive of The Arts within schools, as it enables children of all ages with varying additional needs, to communicate and express themselves freely.
As a Teach First Ambassador, Will is committed to addressing educational disadvantage in all forms, and while he is no longer in the classroom he remains dedicated to this mission. Will gained a PGCE with Distinction in Secondary Science from Canterbury Christ Church University through the Teach First programme and taught in two Outstanding schools in the Harris Federation. Between February 2017 and June 2020, Will was a governor of the Link Secondary School, which joined OHCAT in July 2017.
In his spare time, Will indulges his interests in technology and photography. He is honoured to join the Local Governing Body of Addington Valley Academy and looks forward to sharing in the journey ahead.
Janet recently retired from her role as Chief Operating Officer at Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, having worked as a senior manager in the education sector for over 25 years, including as Head of Carshalton College. She has extensive experience in apprenticeships, vocational education, higher education and SEND and was Designated Safeguarding Lead at Carshalton College. Prior to retraining to be a further education lecturer, Janet worked for the Ministry of Defence and Esso Petroleum. Janet says, ‘It is an honour and privilege to have worked with so many young people and adults and see them succeed and flourish in their chosen career pathway’.
Sarah works full time as an operations manager for a shopping centre, a role which she’s had for three years, having worked for 17 years at Debenhams in a similar job.
Since joining Addington Valley Academy, Sarah’s son has really thrived and the school have supported his journey (and the family’s) in so many ways.
Sarah is keen to support the school with their vision and to be part of their exciting journey as they grow. This really is a great opportunity to be involved as a parent.
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