Behaviour & ASD Specialist
David Ritchie is the Staff Governor at Kings Avenue Primary School, having been elected in December 2020. As the Staff Governor, he ensures that the voice of the staff is represented and heard during Governing Body meetings. Mr Ritchie started the school in September 2019 as the Behaviour and Autism Specialist; to which he also sits on the school's Senior Leadership Team. Aside from working in a school, Mr Ritchie is still extremely passionate about education and improving the life chances of all children. And is a firm believer that 'Every Child Needs A Champion'. Beyond his professional life, Mr Ritchie is a semi-professional football referee - to which he is ranked within the top 6% nationally.
The governors alongside the Headteacher and the staff play a vital role in the development of our children here at the KA school and I feel privileged to be a part of the team.
My name is Bisma (Biz) and I'm a Mum of two beautiful children who go to KA. I have a vast experience working with children and I also love doing some voluntary work with some local charities.
I have previously worked here as a parent governor and I'm also one of the founding members of the school KASA team (PTA).
I'm a friendly, enthusiastic and an easy going person with a diverse ethnic background.
Parent's and children's input is imperative in our school progress and I want to make sure that our voices are clearly heard in confidence. I'd like to ensure that ALL our children at KA are getting the best help. I strongly believe that given the right help and direction, all the children here at the KA school can sparkle and shine like the stars and the rainbow in the sky.
Chair of Governors
Matthew has lived in the area for twenty years and has been a governor at Kings Avenue School since 2003. During that period he has seen many changes and has been impressed by the way in which the school has faced each new challenge and transformed itself from a failing school. Since December 2020 Matthew has stepped up to become Chair of Governors.
Matthew is an accountant by profession and works in the NHS. He is a member of the Resources Committee and uses his professional experience to help the school make best use of the budget available to it, especially the Pupil Premium. This has meant some difficult decisions in recent years as the funds available to schools have come under pressure. Matthew is passionate about making sure that each child makes the maximum progress during their years at Kings Avenue.
Vice Chair of Governors
Tanya has been a governor at Kings Avenue Primary since 2015 and chairs the Parents, Pupils and Community Committee. She has lived in the area since 2008 and wanted to become more involved in the local community. She has been a volunteer reader at Kings Avenue since 2011 and feels very lucky to be involved in such a happy school. She is a huge believer that every child deserves the best education, in order to reach their full potential, while in a safe and happy environment. Tanya has a background in finance and has worked in both London and New York.
Rodney Lenthall is a Governor of Kings Avenue Primary School. He joined the Governing Board in September 2018 as the Chair of Governors but has recently stepped down in December 2020 to become a Governor.. Prior to joining Kings Avenue, he was Chair, and remains a Governor of The London Nautical School in Waterloo. Rodney was a pupil at The London Nautical School and left to join the Merchant Navy as an apprentice. He completed his career at sea in the Offshore Oil Industry of the North Sea. Thereafter he came ashore and held management and directorships positions in Global companies in Shipping, Communications, Freight and Distribution, Towage, and Logistics. He travelled extensively in Europe, Africa, America, and Asia.
Alan became a governor in 2008 as a local resident who was interested in education, partly because his mum was a teacher. He used to work for the government doing media relations but is now employed by QPR to help them to build a new stadium. Alan sits on the Achievement Committee, which looks at how to make sure each child gets the best results that they are capable of. During his time on the governing body he has enjoyed seeing the transformation of Kings Avenue from a failing school ten years ago to one where there is good behaviour and high standards, led by a motivated and talented teaching staff.
Tom became a governor at Kings Avenue at the start of 2020 after wanting to become more involved in his local community. Tom has been interested in education from a young age; both of Tom's parents were teachers. Tom is a corporate lawyer specialising in the formation of investment funds and has worked as a lawyer in Cayman, London, Moscow, New York, Woking and Zug. Tom sits on the Achievement and Parents, Pupils and Community Committees.
Oliver joined as a governor at Kings Avenue School in 2020. He has lived in the area since 2013. Oliver is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst working in Finance. Oliver aims to ensure that each child is given the best opportunity to reach their full potential whilst at Kings Avenue.
I am an economist working in the energy sector and live in Clapham. I am an experienced school governor, and I am active in trying to improve school governor understanding and input in support of pupil achievement and wellbeing. Currently I am an observer on the Lambeth Schools Partnership Board, a member of the Lambeth Schools Forum and a member of the Lambeth Governors Forum Executive.