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South Chingford Foundation School

We pride ourselves on our unique environment which equips every student with skills, knowledge and enriching experiences.

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Senior Leaders

Miss Benton - Chief Executive Officer

Miss Benton took up post as CEO of the Chingford Academies Trust in September 2019. Having a professional background in business as well as education, she is driven by a desire to provide the highest calibre education, with the resources available, to all of the students in the Trust. 

The moment that I walked through the doors of South Chingford Foundation School on interview day, I knew that the school was a very special place to learn and work. The school played a very important part of my decision to take up the position of CEO. The teaching and learning environment is professional and productive yet warm and inviting to everyone. Students are confident and friendly and relationships are very, very strong at the school. It is an honour to represent the school as its Executive Principal

Mr Reed - Vice Principal

Inspired to teach following his own school experience, our Vice Principal began his career at South Chingford as Director of Sport and in the 15 years since he joined the school, he has witnessed it grow and expand to what it is today. With a passion for providing opportunities outside and beyond the curriculum, Mr Reed looks forward to building upon this and making it a reality for every student at South Chingford, citing his ambition for every student to regularly participate in an enrichment activity; to pursue their talents and passions.

We are unique in the sense that we offer a small and friendly environment for our students, allowing them to feel safe and secure every day. Our school community and size allows for a personalised approach to education, with all teachers knowing the needs of each individual and having the ability to nurture, support and maximise their life chances, as an outcome of the right ethos and values.

Mr Baker - Senior Assistant Principal

Mr Baker was attracted to work at South Chingford Foundation School for its sense of warmth and community. His ambition for the school is to support students to achieve the best grades in Waltham Forest, a goal he believes achievable as he examines the positive impact of the school's personalised curriculum for all students.

Our school vision of building ambition for all is achieved every day, through our supportive staff, tailored approach to education and students drive to rise to the challenge and become the best versions of themselves, practising our core values of Achievement, Resilience and Unity. I take great pride in being a member of this school community, which recognises and celebrates all successes, allowing every student to be proud to belong here.

Mr Sonuga - Assistant Principal: Inclusion

Mr Sonuga has been part of the South Chingford Foundation School community for 11 years, and praises the close-knit community, where staff and students work in unity, supporting one another to be the best version of themselves. When questioned why students enjoy their school experience, Mr Sonuga cited the educational excellence and student experience, which offers every student a curriculum and enrichment offer that generates interest, attention, builds cultural capital and encourages students to work outside their comfort zone with enthusiasm and enjoyment.

I have always had a real passion for giving back to the community and inspiring the next generation to be great, and at South Chingford, I am able to do exactly this. The school environment is unique in its multi-cultural and inclusive nature, with an emphasis on promoting learning as a life long activity, broadening students’ horizons and aspirations through a climate that is committed to enhancing their experiences, regardless of their starting point. Our school really does change life chances.

Ms White - Assistant Principal: Teaching and Learning

Natalie leads teaching, learning and CPD at South Chingford Foundation School and is responsible for the quality of curriculum delivery across the school. Having been Subject Leader for English for seven years, Natalie brings her vast experience of curriculum development and pedagogical knowledge to the role. Natalie’s motivation comes from her passion for education and her dedication to being a lifelong learner. As well as improving the academic outcomes for students, Natalie aims to embed a culture of a love of learning which will continue for students beyond their time at South Chingford Foundation School.

 I firmly believe that diversity and our approach to inclusion is a strength of our school. Staff, as well as students, are committed to making certain that no one is discounted or left behind. Our core values of Achievement, Resilience, Unity have added significance in these current times and as a school community, it is evident in our everyday practice that we are committed to advocating the importance of these values. Throughout my time at South Chingford Foundation School, I have seen significant progress made by students. I feel that our open mindedness as a school as well as our vision in 'Building ambition for all' means that we are fortunate enough to be part of a community which enables students as well as staff to thrive.

Ms Godsave - Assistant Principal: Lead for Humanities

 Having worked at South Chingford Foundation School for 19 years, Ms Godsave has seen the school evolve and greatly improve over time. The reason she has stayed at the same school for so long is a testament to the warm and inspiring environment, as well as the great relationships amongst both staff and students. Ms Godsave is passionate about all students having access to the best education possible and strives to ensure that all students achieve their potential.

Our school is unique in its supportive and cohesive nature; it is a school where everyone is encouraged to be the best versions of themselves. The relationships between staff and students are warm, empathetic and respectful and enable us to cultivate reflective practices to enable the school to continuously improve. There is a common goal amongst all staff to ensure that all students develop high aspirations and leave our school as curious lifelong learners.


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Chingford Academies Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with registration number 08179498.
Registered Office: Chingford Foundation School, 31 Nevin Drive, Chingford, London, United Kingdom, E4 7LT