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I would like to welcome you to  Walthamstow Primary Academy  - a popular, thriving local school for families in Walthamstow.

As part of United Learning, both Walthamstow Primary Academy and its sister secondary academy benefit from being part of an innovative, caring group of schools committed to bringing out the Best in Everyone. As schools we work closely together with our colleagues in London and across the country so that our educational practice, thinking and experience are second to none in what we are able to provide our pupils and staff.

At Walthamstow Primary Academy you will find a team of professionals who share a vision and purpose to prepare our young pupils for their entire education. From Reception onwards the team engage the children in new activities and learning that will become their favourite subjects, interests and  ultimately their careers. 

It is a privilege for all of us involved at the academy to have the responsibility for beginning our pupils’ interests in education.  It is something we take very seriously and, as we grow as a school year on year, are building a team who share this commitment and responsibility.

I hope that our website inspires you to find out more about our school and we look forward to welcoming you here.

Chair of Governors


Details of Walthamstow Primary Academy LGB members' appointment and business interests can be viewed here. Our Chair of Governors is available at chair@walthamstowprimary.org.uk. You can also write to the Chair of Governors by using the school's address: Walthamstow Primary Academy, Billet Road, Walthamstow E17 5DP.Our LGB Code of Conduct can be found here.


Mrs Lesley Dolben

Mrs Lesley Dolben

FCCT Interim Chair of Governors

Lesley is first and foremost a teacher. She has worked as an executive headteacher and school improvement advisor for twenty-three years. She joined United Learning as an Executive Head in 2015. Since her retirement from headship in 2019, Lesley works part time as a governance professional for the central team of United Learning where she is responsible for supporting both the independent and academy sector in her role as head of local governance. Founder and Director of Integrity Leadership, she also works as a leadership coach and mentor. Lesley has been an active governor in primary and secondary schools for many years using the skills and experience developed over her professional career. Becoming a parent governor in a local authority school when her own children started school, she is currently chair of Fulford School for South York MAT and Chair of the LGB at Longshaw Primary in Chingford.


Walthamstow Primary Academy is a part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook 2020 identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

United Learning’s Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in our Scheme of Delegation which can be seen on the United Learning website.

Click here to view the Scheme of Delegation

Members who have stepped down

United Learning comprises: United Learning Ltd (Registered in England No: 00018582. Charity No. 313999) UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB.

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