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Ed Gossage

Chair of Governors

Ed, a father of two, took the Chair's role at the start of 2012. Ed has two children at King Athelstan - a son in Year 6 and a daughter in Year 4. Both children very much enjoy telling him all about writing and counting - things which Ed previously thought he knew a fair amount about (how times change!). Ed is the co-director of 7dots, an Internet business in Kingston. His passions are cycling, cooking, eating (too much), watching Formula 1 with his son and pretending he's ten twenty years younger than he is on a snowboard.

Asha Lodh

Co-Opted Governor

Several years ago Asha gave up editing books for a living to become an artist for almost no living. She loves motherhood, her rubbish Shopper bike, swimming at Hampton Open Air Pool, tending the allotment and knitting. One day soon she will stop complaining about children’s books and get round to writing one of her own.

Damon Hart-Davis

Co-Opted Governor

Damon has an IT and finance background with about 15 years in the City and has started a number of ventures. One of his current interests is energy efficiency and renewable energy, cutting his own bills and carbon footprint, helping others do the same, and writing about it. Damon has two children, both at King Athelstan. Damon became a governor at least in part because he feels that getting the best for his children is best achieved by helping raise the standards for the whole school however he can help.

David Ryder-Mills

Co-Opted Governor

Dave retired this year. His career was divided into three quarters a secondary school science teacher and one quarter casework manager for a Member of Parliament. Along the way he managed to find the time to raise three children, spend an inordinate length of time exploring caves, serve two terms as a Local Councillor, play a little cricket and watch a lot more. He confirms that he is now busier than ever.

Helen Beresford- Murray

Co-Opted Governor

Helen has a strong background in education. Prior to being a mum she worked for a London Borough as a Primary School Teacher, Deputy Head of a maintained Beacon Nursery School and Early Years Consultant. Helen has two children in King Athelstan and currently works as a childminder whilst her children are still young. She is passionate about ensuring that school is a fun place to be, where children are valued as individuals and are given a voice in their own learning. Helen believes that children should be encouraged to reach their full potential through a curriculum that is rich and wide, offering relevant, exciting and memorable learning opportunities both inside and beyond the classroom.

Kathy Collins

Local Authority Governor

Kathy worked in Education finance for many years, the last eight as the Director of Finance and Resources at a large secondary academy. Although this sounds a very high powered job it also involved changing light bulbs, finding dead rats and making an awful lot of tea. She would like to help ensure that King Athelstan is a well resourced, safe and inspiring learning environment.

Majeed Neky

Parent Governor

Justin Irwin

Parent Governor

Darren McLaughlin

Staff Governor

Emily Newton


Joe Porter

Deputy Headteacher

Kate Hendry

Clerk to the Governors

School calendar

  • Meet the Teacher Y5
    20 September 2019, 3.30-4pm
  • Meet the Teacher Y6
    23 September 2019, 3.30-4pm
  • Swimming starts (Y3&4)
    23 September 2019
  • Sports Day
    25 September 2019
  • Half-Term
    28 Oct - 1 Nov 2019
  • Parent/Carer Consultations
    11 November 2019, 3.30-6.30pm
  • Parent/Carer Consultations
    13 November 2019, 4-7pm
  • School breaks up for Christmas at 2.30pm
    20 December 2019

Latest news

Clubs for Autumn 2019
19 September 2019

Club letters have been issued today.