Miss Newton has been at King Athelstan since 2004. She joined the team at King Athelstan as Deputy Head and took over as Head in 2007. She has worked in Kingston Schools for 20 years, teaching across the primary age range, but mainly in Reception, Year 2 and Year 6. In the past Miss Newton has enjoyed leading a range of areas including Maths, English, KS2 and Early Years Foundation Stage. She is passionate about achieving the very best outcomes for every child and loves working with the amazing team of staff and families at King Athelstan. She is one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads, along with Miss Govan. She leads on the strategic development of the school. With a background in drama, she spends most of her spare time rehearsing for the next production or helping to organise the artistic programme at a local community arts centre.
Joe Porter has spent over twenty years in education. He started as a teaching assistant working with young adults with special needs. A passion for education was ignited and Joe trained to become a teacher. After spending five years in a primary school in Hammersmith and Fulham, Joe widened his experience by working in a primary Pupil Referral Unit eventually becoming the manager. After five years Joe decided to return to mainstream education and worked as a senior leader in a primary school. After devoting fifteen years of his life to educating the children of Hammersmith and Fulham, Joe gratefully took the role of Deputy Headteacher at King Athelstan School. When not in school Joe can found caring for his three young children and playing a variety of sports.
Alice Govan joined King Athelstan in April 2018 having previously worked for 7 years as an Inclusion Leader in Richmond Upon Thames. She began as a Teaching Assistant in a special school and her belief in the importance of high quality provision, and aspirational outcomes, for pupils with additional needs has been the main driver of her teaching career. Ms Govan has responsibility for leading Inclusion at King Athelstan, and is one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads along with Miss Newton. Outside of school she spends any free time on artistic pursuits and enjoying the great outdoors with her young family.
Kayleigh has worked at King Athelstan for over 5 years and is the Early Years Foundation Stage Leader. She has worked in Reception and Nursery for all of that time and is passionate about providing strong foundations for children starting their school life. Outside school Kayleigh enjoys the challenge of her own young family.
Mrs Ahearn has worked at King Athelstan for over 12 years, starting as an NQT in 2007. Since joining King Athelstan, she has taught in many year groups across the school, however mostly in Year 1 and Year 6. Mrs Ahearn is passionate about children’s literacy development and igniting children’s love of reading. She has been the English Lead for 4 years and currently works as an English School-Based Adviser for Kingston and Richmond. She especially enjoys her Teaching and Learning and assessment role at King Athelstan, as it allows her to work with all of the amazing teachers and children across the school. Outside of school, Mrs Ahearn enjoys going to the theatre and spending lots of time with her friends and family.
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