Senior Leadership Team

  Stephen Kinson - Headteacher

Stephen Kinson has over 25 years’ experience of teaching and school leadership in north London. During this time he has held a wide range of senior leadership roles including pastoral and curriculum.


Stephen studied Engineering at Manchester University and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at King’s College, University of London. As a science and physics teacher, his students have consistently achieved significantly higher than expected results. In 2006, Stephen was appointed Head of Science at Edmonton County School. He led the faculty from inadequate to outstanding with student progress in the top 5% nationally for science. He became Deputy Head in 2011 and helped secure positive progress for students across the school. He became Head teacher of Lea Valley Academy in January 2020.

 Karen McGarvey - Deputy Head Teacher

Karen McGarvey graduated from the University of Salford with Honours in Geography. From a young age, she knew she wanted to teach. In 1996, she completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the Institute of Education, University of London.  Karen started her teaching career in Hackney and has worked in several schools in Barnet and Enfield. She was appointed to middle leadership at the age of 24. Over the next eighteen years, she was promoted to several management positions including Head of Year, Head of Department and Assistant Principal. In 2015 Karen was appointed as Vice Principal of Lea Valley Academy.”

 Lovette Monyei - Senior Assistant Headteacher

Madame Monyei to the students, she started her teaching career in the UK in October 2001. She feels that although the impartation of knowledge in one's subject area is crucial in education, there are other factors to consider such as dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and empathy. These attributes have helped her over the years to understand the young people she deals with both as a classroom practitioner and as a senior leader.
She is fully committed to her professional development and to that of her colleagues. She holds two MA degrees in Linguistics and Sociology of Languages from the Universities of Grenoble and Franche Compté in France and is currently completing a 3rd MA degree in Educational Leadership and Management with the University of Nottingham.
In addition to gaining Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) status in June 2007, she has successfully completed a number of leadership programmes, including the SSAT leadership programme; the IoE Investing in Diversity Programme; Leadership Pathways programme and the NCSL Equal Access to Promotion programme.

 Sarah Redman - Senior Assistant Headteacher

Sarah Redman graduated with a 2:1 in English Literature from Goldsmiths College. Keen to pursue a career in university lecturing, Sarah enrolled for an MPhil in Literature at Canterbury University. Her career path changed after completing some work experience at a secondary school in East London where she realised her passion lay in improving the life chances of young people. She was appointed to middle leadership after 2 years of teaching and has held a number of positions including literacy coordinator and Head of English. Working in Hackney for over 12 years, she moved into senior leadership at Skinners Academy, first as an Associate Assistant Head for English and then as Assistant Head for Curriculum. She was headhunted to work with a number of other senior leaders from schools across London and New York to lead on literacy development. In 2014 she joined Lea Valley Academy as a Senior Assistant Principal.


 Nicola Dodd - Assistant Headteacher

Nicola studied for a degree in Mathematics and Sport Science at Loughborough University, graduating with a 2:1. Having always known that she wanted to work in education she then studied for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Mathematics at the University of Nottingham, before securing a job in Leicester. Nicola worked in the city for thirteen years holding a variety of roles including Head of Mathematics and Assistant Principal. In 2019 she was appointed Assistant Principal at Lea Valley Academy.

 Patricia Cole-Burke - Assistant Headteacher

Patricia Cole-Burke graduated from Queen Mary University with a 2:1 in English. Patricia was passionate about working with young people and knew she was going to pursue a career in teaching. She completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London and began her teaching career in a Secondary School in East London. Patricia was keen to develop further and completed a Masters in Teaching at the IOE, University of London. She was appointed to middle leadership early into her career and has held a number of middle leadership roles, including: Literacy Co-ordinator, Head of Year and Head of English. After a secondment to the Senior Leadership Team in an inner London Secondary school, Patricia knew she wanted to secure a position on the Senior Leadership team. In 2019, Patricia was appointed as Assistant Principal of Lea Valley Academy.