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About Academy Achievers

   Academy Achievers is a not-for-profit organisation, set up with an aim to improve the quality of life for local young people ‘in and around Newham’ by offering excellent services which provide a range of Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) informal educational, social, emotional, cultural, health and wellbeing and recreational opportunities. In addition, we provide training, consulting and informal advice to our users on a wide range of issues, at the same time signposting them to the appropriate services for further information. Academy Achievers is a place where young people from diverse backgrounds come to socialize, learn, have fun and meet new friends. Our approach is rooted in good multiagency working and close working with communities, in developing and enhancing our program and adapting to emerging needs and new initiatives. To achieve this there is structured programs coupled with different activities including training sessions that we put in place to help support young people between the ages of 5-19, with different abilities and who come from different cultures.

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Meet our Directors


Paulette Watson


Paulette Watson is the Managing Director for Academy Achievers, and she is now the winner of Wintrade Award for Women in Engineering, a prestigious prize won on June, 28th 2019. One of the most important pawns in Academy Achievers community, Paulette Watson has deep expertise in business strategy, people management, and organisation development.

Born and raised in Newham, Paulette Watson understands the need for quality education for the local children from all backgrounds. From the head of the Academy Achievers, she militates for high-quality support in schools and for a curriculum that is related to today’s working challenges.

Paulette Watson and her experience in public and voluntary sectors

Paulette Watson has spent a decade as an educational technologist. She was responsible for all aspects of the company’s communications capabilities that are meant to drive the performance of a business. From these abilities, she focused on Digital Transformational Strategy, Data Analytics, Gender Diversity, and Recruiting, skills that she has applied in the local community of Academy Achievers. During the years, Paulette Watson has implemented these values in the Academy’s management, so students and young people would be digitally literate and be able to face the digital world.

Paulette has sat on the board of Equality Team Lewisham as Treasurer and Vice-Chair. She also sits on the Newhan Partnership, which is a not for profit but a mutual organization owned by schools to provide high-quality support services for schools.

Paulette also sits on the Board, Youth First as Non-Executive Director, a mutual owned and run by professional youth workers and young people.

She also serves on the Local School Board as a co-opted Governor at Cumberland Trust Secondary school. She is a member of the Newham Governors’ Forum Association (affiliated to the National Governance Association). When it comes to education, she holds an MA in ICT and Education, and an MBA in International School Leadership.

Watson has been Associate Dean at Leysin International School in Switzerland, where she has been responsible for all aspects of Technology. Before that, she has been Director of ICT and head of E-learning and ICT.

Paulette Watson worked as a Computer Science teacher and taught GCSE, and at A levels. She spent nearly 12 years working with students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The experience helped her in the role of Managing Director of Academy Achievers, as she deeply understands how to examine the mental inequality in education. Using her community projects, she analyses the mental inequality in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and applies them in the educational methods.

Charlotte Cheesman

Charlotte Cheesman


Charlotte Cheesman sits on the board of Directors for Academy Achievers and has over 20 years of experience in office management developing effective and efficient systems to coordinate supportive networks and projects.   Charlotte’s knowledge extends to the areas of Human Resources, Policy-Making, and Training & Development. Charlotte has a keen eye for detail, has a flexible approach to organizational needs, highly organized and has the ability to make decisions and hold leaders to account.

Born and raised in Newham, Charlotte has worked over 15 years in the voluntary sector, leading on community projects involving children and young people.  As an Entrepreneur, she currently runs her own business in the hair industry and is a lecturer in the Further Education Sector in Newham.

Charlotte understands the educational landscape and believes that cultural capital is about giving children the best possible start to achieving the best in their educational journey. Working closely with multi-agency and local schools, Charlotte has forged strong and structured relationships with those who work with children.  Possessing a selfless attitude, Charlotte strives to create a safe working environment that encourages, stimulates and maintains inquiring minds to help unlock their full potential.


Samantha Thompson


Samantha Thompson is passionate about the development of young people in education and in their personal lives. She has dedicated the majority of her working life to the education sector and is currently a Deputy Headteacher in South London. She is responsible for curriculum development, timetables, and operations, as well as staffing; including budgets.
She is also a leader at Baptist Church in South London. The ambition to Believe, Achieve and Succeed demonstrates the biblical principles of Love and Hope.
She has been a Director at Academy Achievers for the last few years and considers it a privilege to be leading in an organization that is genuinely children centered and intends to promote the wellbeing of our young people in areas where it is the most needed in London.



Anthony william


Anthony has been involved in education and youth work for the past 19 years.

He has a wealth of experience as a teacher, senior leader and headteacher in urban, rural and coastal school settings. His desire to improve education provision and outcomes for young people, particularly for those in disadvantaged areas, was the reason he was selected for the national Talented Leaders Programme by Ambition School Leadership and the Department for Education. He has recently been awarded a Master of Education Degree (MEd) in Education Leadership.

Anthony is very passionate and committed to the youth work he has been involved with for almost two decades. In recent years, he has supported and mentored groups of boys and young men within his local community in south London which is closely affiliated with his local church.

Anthony has imparted his knowledge and experience of education and youth work to support the vision, ambition, and progress of Academy Achievers, and firmly believes there are more work and greater impact to be had, for the young people and families we serve.

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