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Kensington Primary School

Kensington Primary School

Local Advisory Board

Kensington Primary School has an active Local Advisory Board (LAB). We act as “a critical friend” to the school, providing strategic governance to ensure that all children receive the best possible education. The LAB meets as a whole group each term and delegates its business to a range of committees, where appropriate.

What do we do?

The LAB has an important part to play in raising school standards through its three key roles:

  • Setting strategic direction
  • Ensuring accountability
  • Monitoring and evaluating school performance

We have responsibility together with the leadership team for agreeing the policies for the general running of the school. Our role is crucial:

  • We fulfil statutory duties to ensure that the school is a safe, healthy and an inclusive environment
  • We provide support and challenge to the leadership team of the school on all issues that affect the learning and welfare of our pupils

The LAB is drawn from the staff of the school, the Local Education Authority, parents and the wider community that our school serves. The usual term of office is four years but many members of the LAB stand for re-election and serve more than one term.

Minutes of LAB meetings are available on request from the office. If you would like to contact the LAB then please e-mail

Who are we? 



Date of appointment / resignation / term of office

Appointed by (Body)
Pecuniary Interest

Maggie Cameron-Ratchford

Board appointed member


18/07/17   Co-opted Governor



Margaret has been a governor at both Kensington and Ranelagh Primary Schools, and also at Rebecca Cheetham Nursery and Children’s Centre. She has also worked  for the Every Child a Musician programme within a number of schools. She is committed to ensuring that all children receive a broad and balanced curriculum, which places value on sport and the arts, alongside the core subjects. 

Rashmi Makwana

Vice Chair 15/10/2019-14/10/2023   Co-opted Governor

I am currently retired with 28 years experience working in the public sector working with the Metropolitan Police Service. I was part of the Senior Management team within the IT department. During my time at the MPS I have acquired a vast range of skills including IT, Management, Human Resources and Finance. I am able to deal with people of all levels and backgrounds. Whilst working I have also completed several further education courses which include a diploma in IT and Management and higher level certificates in HR.

I also do voluntary work for a local charity and I am currently the assistant secretary having previously worked as the chair and treasurer. I have good interpersonal skills and able to deal with sensitive issues.

Over the last 12 months I have worked as a parent governor being actively involved during term time and at meetings. I believe I have the requisite skills for this role 

Nalini Sureskumar

21/02/2018-20/02/2022   Parent Governor Held

My name is Nalini Sureskumar. I have a degree in accounting and business management and worked in both accountancy and retail before becoming a mum to my daughters who both attend Kensington Primary School.  My family keep me busy but in my leisure time I enjoy athletics and gymnastics. I am proud to be a Parent Governor and represent the other parents.

Jack Doyle

Chair of Governors 01/07/2019 - 30/06/2023   Board appointed Governor Held
Jack Doyle is Assistant Vice President; Environmental, Social and Governance Project Manager, leading volunteer activities in EMEA for Bank of America. Prior to this he led a volunteer programme in EMEA for Northern Trust and worked as a charity of the year fundraiser at Nomura. A fundraiser for most of his career Jack worked for an number of INGOs; WaterAid, ActionAid, Farm Africa and DEC, homelessness charity Crisis and children’s charity Rays of Sunshine. Prior to this he worked in External Communications for consumer organisation Which? where he developed the Which? Awards and Which? Best Buy scheme.

Grace Elliot

05/05/2021 - 04/05/2025   LAB Member Held
Grace is a member of the Inspiring Governance team at Education and Employers. Prior to this role Grace studied Sociology at De Montfort University and Goldsmiths College. During their studies, Grace developed a keen interest in education, which has carried into their career. After witnessing first hand the positive impact volunteers were making after being placed through the charities work, Grace decided to contribute their own skills and experience.

Saeema Qureshi

04/12/2019 - 03/12/2023   Parent Governor Held

My name is Saeema N Qureshi and I am the mother of 2 boys who attend Kensington Primary School.
I actively attend all my children's school events and was a volunteering member of 'Friends of Kensington', helping to raise money for the school.
I have a good relationship with the staff and parents, and am always happy to help them whenever I'm needed. As a Parent Governor, I am honoured to represent the parents of the school and ensure the children meet their full potential.

Hannah Rizki

  23/06/2021 - 22/06/2025   LAB Member Held

With a MSc in stochastics modelling and a BSc in maths and statistics Hannah is currently head of coffee research at a commodities trade house – ED&F Man, head quartered in London, as well as being a mentor for young women in the workplace.

Noting the widespread impact the pandemic has had on children and their families I was inspired by the work that Kensington primary school staff were undertaking to support their students which included providing basic essentials including food parcels as well as extra academic support to vulnerable children and their families. Subsequently, I helped raise money for a vulnerable family fund to help continue the work longer term.

“I’m delighted to be a part of Kensington Primary School and look forward to taking on my responsibilities.”

Ben Levinson

Head Teacher 30/10/2014   Co-opted Governor

Ben has been at Kensington for 7 years. He worked previously in Hackney and Enfield. Prior to becoming a teacher, Ben was a senior executive at private and third sector organisations, leading marketing teams nationally and internationally.

Ben has significant experience in leading change, transforming organisations, building productive cultures, and improving standards. He has led Kensington to its current status of a flagship school in all manner of areas from inclusion to wellbeing. 

Beyond Kensington, Ben leads both assessment and safeguarding across The Tapscott Learning Trust. He is the Primary School's representative for the Local Safeguarding Children's Board; chairs the Health, Social Care and Early Help group for the secondary and primary head teachers in Newham; is a Youth Sport Trust ambassador; a founding Board Member of the Well Schools Movement, and sits on the NewDAy board, a government Innovation funded project looking at new approaches to support victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse. He is also currently a member of the Department for Education's Expert Advisory Group on school staff wellbeing.

Moji Omole

Deputy Head Teacher 30/10/2014   Associate Governor

Moji has a wealth of experience in teaching having started straight from university. She worked in schools in both Newham and Thurrock for 10 years before starting here in 2006 as a Deputy Head, supporting Ben as he leads Kensington.

Moji has played a major role in raising the profile of issues around provision for Mental Health and ensuring that our staff have access to a wealth of information and support to refer to for themselves and our children & their families.

As one of our Safeguarding leads Moji works closely with some of our most vulnerable children and their families to achieve the best possible outcome.

Moji’s favourite part of her job is interacting with the children as they always manage to make her smile.


Name Type Role Start date End date Pecuniary interest form Declared Business or financial interests
Mr Ben Levinson Head Teacher

Safeguarding Lead for TTLT

Newham Primary Heads representative Local Safeguarding Children's Board and NewDAy Partnership Board. Representative on Primary Partnership Board. Assessment Lead. Youth Sport Trust Head Teacher Ambassador.


Currently I have no financial business related involvement to the school.

Ms Margaret Cameron-Ratchford Co-opted Governor

SDP Link Governor

Trustee of TTLT, Safeguarding Link Trustee for TTLT

18/07/2017 17/07/2021 Held Currently I have no financial business related involvement to the school.
Mrs Moji Omole Staff Governor   12/10/2016 11/10/2020 Held Currently I have no financial business related involvement to the school.
Mr Rashmi Makwana Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair, Safeguarding Link Governor

15/10/2019 14/10/2023 Held Currently I have no financial business related involvement to the school.
Nalini Sureskumar Parent Governor EYFS Link Governor 21/02/2018 20/02/2022 Held Currently I have no financial business related involvement to the school.
Jack Doyle Board Appointed Governor

Chair of Governors,

Finance/Pupil Premium & Impact Link Governor

16/07/2019 15/07/2023 Held Currently I have no financial business related involvement to the school.
Saeema Qureshi Parent Governor SEN & Equality Link Governor 04/12/2019 03/12/2023 Held Currently I have no financial business related involvement to the school.
Grace Elliott Board Appointed Governor Mental Health and Wellbeing Link Governor 05/05/2021 04/05/2025 Held Currently I have no financial business related involvement to the school.
Hannah Rizki Board Appointed Governor Curriculum Link Governor 23/06/2021 22/06/2025 Held Currently I have no financial business related involvement to the school.


  • Tapscott Learning Trust
  • Ofsted Outstanding Logo
  • Mental Health GOLD
  • EAL GOLD Quality Mark
  • IQM Flagship School
  • RE Quality Mark Gold
  • Professional Development QM
  • Newham Changemaker
  • Music Mark
  • Primary Geography Quality Mark
  • Primary Science Quality Mark
  • Autism Education Trust
  • Teach Active Ambassador
  • School Games
  • Artsmark Silver Award
  • Eco-Schools
  • Stonewall Education Champion
  • TES2020 Wellbeing winner
  • Pearson Gold Winner - Primary of the Year
  • Pearson Silver Award - Excellence in SEN