Addington Valley Academy is very pleased to welcome back our students after the recent closure due to Covid-19 restrictions. We would like to thank our parents and families for their understanding and support over the last week.

Meet the Governors

Lucy Davey, Chair

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.

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 Berk

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.

Kemi Arogundade

Kemi joined the Local Governing Body in July 2020 and is delighted to be able to contribute as the Finance and Resources portfolio governor. The majority of Kemi’s career has been spent in the Education sector, starting initially with 7 years in Higher Education before moving from her role as a university Deputy Head of Income, to work in her local community as a primary School Business Manager.

Kemi brings a range of skills and experience, particularly with planning and monitoring school budgets, ensuring that spending is in line with the school development plan and that resources are maximised to effectively achieve the intended outcomes for the children. She is passionate about children and young people having access to high-quality education so that they can learn, achieve and feel empowered to work towards their personal aspirations. She is excited to be part of this school’s journey and thrilled to be working with the governors to make sure that every child and their families have the best experience this school can offer.

Spending quality time with my family and friends is really important to Kemi and she also enjoys reading, eating good food and going to the theatre in her spare time.

Will Scott

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 Sherborne

Janet has worked as a senior manager in the education sector for over 25 years.   She is currently Chief Operating Officer at Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust and previously was 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’.


You can contact the Chair of Governors, Lucy Davey, at Addington Valley Academy, c/o Orchard Hill College Academy Trust, Quadrant House, 8th Floor – The Quadrant, Sutton SM2 5AS, or via email at

Please click here for details of OHCAT’s Trust structure and further Trust governance information.

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