Joan Deslands (cropped)
Joan Deslandes

Joan Deslandes is the Head Teacher of Kingsford Community School in Newham.


Under her leadership, Kingsford has gained national and international recognition as an IOE Confucius Classroom and her leadership has been recognised as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Her school was the first in the United Kingdom to introduce compulsory lessons in Mandarin for all students and it became one of the first Confucius Classrooms in the world in 2007. In 2010, Joan became the first person to be awarded the SSAT Confucius Institute Excellence Award for her ‘outstanding contribution’ to Chinese learning within the United Kingdom.


Joan has twice been named by the Evening Standard as one of London’s 1000 most influential people for her work in education. She is the co-founder of The 100 Group, enabling leading state and independent schools to work together. Joan sits on a number of government forums and is a member of the 48 Group Club, an exclusive network committed to promoting positive relations with China. She is also a governor of the London Academy of Excellence in Newham and Brighton College.



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