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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.

Anna McShane
Chair of Governors

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


Anna McShane - (Chair of Governors EYFS and Safeguarding Lead)

Anna is Head of Strategic Projects at United Learning. Prior to that she was Assistant Head at Hackney New School, a free school, where she was part of the core team that set it up. Anna also has educational research and policy experience from before she became a teacher. ​

Kerri Hall  - (Vice Chair and Community Lead)

Kerri is the Education Campaign Manager at Step Up To Serve, the organisation coordinating the #iwill campaign. She works with cross-sector organisations and individuals to help make youth social action part of every child and young person's life in the UK. She has a young son, lives in Walthamstow and is passionate about helping all young people achieve their high aspirations - especially those attending WPA.

Gurdip Theara  - (Special Educational Needs Lead)

Gurdip works as an Educational Psychologist for the Triborough Educational Psychology Consultation Service, where she supports children and families across a range of schools and early years settings in west London. Gurdip is a Walthamstow resident and is very keen to use her knowledge and skills to support her local community school, helping it to be inclusive for all children.

Simon Maine  - (Finance and Pupil Premium Lead)

Simon is a communications consultant for the Brunswick Group, specialising in alternative energy. He has previously held roles in politics and private equity, and is a Trustee of the Taylor Bennett Foundation. He believes passionately that access to high quality education leads to happier lives and better outcomes for pupils. He is a Walthamstow resident, new dad and lifelong Arsenal fan.

Elin de Zoete - (Pupil Outcomes Lead)

Elin is Managing Director of Westminster-based PR and public affairs agency, PLMR. PLMR specialises in providing strategic communications support across the education sector to schools, charities, education technology companies and campaigning organisations. Elin is a Walthamstow resident and she is passionate about championing high quality education for all in the local community.


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 2019 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

The school is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
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