Staff

Headmaster

  • Mr A S Naismith

    Mr A S Naismith

    Mr Naismith has worked in both the state and private sectors. He was originally a PE teacher, but moved quickly on to greater challenges including Head of Year and Director of Sport. Originally Deputy Headmaster of the West London Free School, he was promoted to the role of Headmaster at the beginning of 2013.

    Mr. Naismith has always been a passionate and competitive sportsman, and his roles have included national and international hockey coaching. His recent project is with a local club as Director of Hockey. Another passion is music, his love and support for which stems from his mother, who was a violinist. His other interests include travel and cooking.

    He lives with his wife and daughter in Surrey.

Senior Master

  • Mr D Stanton

    Mr D Stanton

    Mr Stanton has been at the West London Free School since it opened in September 2011. After starting as the Head of Maths, with over 10 years of experience teaching Mathematics, has now been promoted to Senior Master with specific responsibility for pastoral affairs.

    He holds a degree in Philosophy and Mathematics from Southampton University and is a keen sportsman who has played for the Old Mid-Whitgiftian Rugby Club 1XV for over 16 years. Since joining the school he has developed an interest in Music, supporting Mr Watkins and the School Choir in many of their endeavours.

Academic Staff

  • Miss K Holliday: Assistant Head - Co-Curricular

    Miss K Holliday: Assistant Head - Co-Curricular

    Miss Holliday was formerly at Fakenham High School, a co-ed comprehensive in Norfolk, where she taught Science for two years.

    Miss Holliday enjoys teaching all three sciences but has a specialism in Chemistry. She has been an active member of her Science department, organizing teams for the Norwich Science Olympiad competition, a high-profile regional event in which pupils compete against other schools online to gain a place in the live final at the University of East Anglia.

    Miss Holliday is involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme as a Basic Expedition Leader.

  • Dr W Nottingham: Director of Studies

    Dr W Nottingham: Director of Studies

    Dr. Nottingham graduated from Brunel University with a BSc in Biology and subsequently moved to Green College at Oxford University. Once there, he completed a four year DPhil in stem cell and developmental biology. His work focused on how genes control the emergence of blood stem cells in the embryo, and resulted in several high impact publications. During his final year of his DPhil, he began working for Science and Health Communications; a company that delivered science workshops for gifted and talented pupils. This sparked a strong, and until then hidden, interest in teaching.

    Following his completion of his PGCE and NQT year, Dr. Nottingham was appointed Head of Biology and, later, A-level science coordinator at the Chalfonts Community College. He remained in these posts for four years until moving to the West London Free School in June 2013.

    Away from teaching, Dr Nottingham is a keen squash player and skier and loves to travel (with the aim of visiting a new country every year.

  • Miss L Akseth: Subject Leader of Art

    Miss L Akseth: Subject Leader of Art

    Miss Akseth graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BA in Fine Art and has postgraduate degrees from the University of Manchester and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

    Throughout her studies, Miss Akseth interned at the Victoria and Albert Museum's picture library and was given a permanent position in their commercial licensing department in 2008. In 2010, she started a graphic design company, Lilly Squared Designs.

    Miss Akseth's lessons at the West London Free School will incorporate both her practical art knowledge and her extensive training in art history. She believes passionately that combining practical, hands-on lessons with an understanding of art through the ages is an important and exciting way to broaden young minds. In her classes, students will be creating their own works of art while studying the work of influential artists throughout history: this combination will give a broad education that will improve the students' art skills and engage them on a wide range of topics including global politics, religion and philosophy.

  • Mr B Allen: Teacher of Mathematics

    Mr B Allen: Teacher of Mathematics

    Mr Allen attended Liverpool University to study Psychology/Health BSc, graduating in 2006. He then started work with the National Probation Service, where he supported the rehabilitation of high risk offenders.

    After seeking a career change, Mr Allen began his PGCE with the University of East Anglia and completed this in 2011. Since then, he has worked in an Academy in Lowestoft, East Anglia, working with underprivileged students. There he ran clubs including maths revision, badminton, and backgammon.

    He has also found time to travel the globe at any given opportunity, a particular highlight of which was sleeping on the Amazon Rainforest floor in Ecuador. A keen sportsman, Mr Allen finds time to regularly ski and play badminton and tennis.

  • Mr W Blades: Senior Tutor of Year 8 & Subject Leader of Humanities

    Mr W Blades: Senior Tutor of Year 8 & Subject Leader of Humanities

    Mr Blades was formerly at Cranford Community College in Hounslow where he taught History.

    After receiving a degree in History from Durham University, he began his teaching career under the Teach First programme. Teach First was founded in 2002 and aims to address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers and leaders in all fields.

    Mr Blades is a former member of the National Youth Theatre and continues to enjoy theatre. He has performed in and directed a variety of productions.

  • Mr T Daly: Teacher of English

    Mr T Daly: Teacher of English

    Mr Daly graduated with an MA(Hons) in English Literature from Dundee University and completed his PGCE in Secondary English in 2009. He taught in central London for four years before joining the West London Free School in September 2013.

    Away from teaching, Mr Daly enjoys the theatre and is a keen cyclist and footballer, taking part in both activities as often as time allows.

  • Mrs J Fernando: Senior Tutor Year 7 and Teacher of Mathematics

    Mrs J Fernando: Senior Tutor Year 7 and Teacher of Mathematics

    Mrs Fernando studied Economics at the University of Bristol. After graduating she worked in consultancy roles within both commercial and not for profit organisations, before making a career change into teaching. Mrs Fernando worked at Mossbourne Academy in Hackney for 6 years before joining the team here at the West London Free School.

    Her interests include cycling, running, travelling, photography and cooking.

  • Mr J Franklin: Subject Leader of Divinity

    Mr J Franklin: Subject Leader of Divinity

    Mr Franklin studied Theology at Durham University where he was a varsity rower and founded the Durham University Triathlon Club. Upon graduation he joined the Teach First programme, teaching Religious Studies at Cranford Community College.

    After spells as a professional athlete and then working as an internal consultant in the public sector, his passion for volunteering with youth groups was the catalyst for a return to the classroom.

    Mr Franklin is a keen runner, having finished 37th at the London Marathon 2013 and in 2012 completed the 84 miles along Hadrian's Wall in just over 14 hours.

  • Mr A Hudson: Teacher of Boys' PE and Games

    Mr A Hudson: Teacher of Boys' PE and Games

    Mr Hudson completed his degree and GTP year at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he gained a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science. Mr Hudson gained teacher status whilst teaching at The Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School in Kent.

    Whist at university, Mr Hudson coached both Men's and Women's hockey 1st XI's to success in their respective leagues, cups and varsity matches in the 2009/10 season. This earned him the accolade of the Universities Sportsman of the Year 2010.

    Mr Hudson participates in many sporting activities, with most success coming on the hockey field. Mr Hudson represented Canterbury Hockey Club Men's 1st XI for six years, three of which in the National Premier League.

  • Miss F Hunter Blair: Subject Leader of Mathematics

    Miss F Hunter Blair: Subject Leader of Mathematics

    Miss Hunter Blair completed her PGCE in Secondary Mathematics at the University of London. She graduated from Exeter University with a BSc in Spanish and Mathematics. It was a four-year degree which included a year abroad which she spent in Madrid. While there, she worked in a school teaching English as a foreign language.

    Before University, Miss Hunter Blair attended Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls where she completed A-levels in Mathematics, Spanish and Biology.

    Miss Hunter Blair’s interests lie mainly in sport. She has represented Exeter University at Lacrosse but also enjoys playing Tennis and Netball. She also has a passion for the great outdoors having been brought up on a farm.

  • Mr D Jones: Teacher of English

    Mr D Jones: Teacher of English

    Mr Jones read Classics at Somerville College, Oxford, where he held the Seymour Scholarship for two years. After graduation, he joined the Teach First programme, training as an English teacher, and taught English and history for two years in a challenging comprehensive in Walsall. He was appointed co-ordinator of A-level English in his second year, and expanded this remit to university outreach, leading trips to Oxford and Keele. He set up a poetry reading group for gifted and talented Year 11 students, and co-ran the school’s inaugural Student Parliament, for whom he organised a tour of the Palaces of Westminster.

    He has spent the last two summers as an educational research intern, first at GEMS Education Solutions and then at Deloitte Consulting.

    His interests include cycling, running and rugby, and he is a loyal supporter of his home team, Leicester Tigers. He travels whenever he can and is particularly attached to the Middle East, having travelled overland from Istanbul to Tel Aviv in 2010.

  • Mr R Littlewood: Subject Leader of Geography

    Mr R Littlewood: Subject Leader of Geography

    Mr Littlewood graduated from University College London with a BA in Geography. He then completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education, where he is also currently studying for a Masters in Geography Education.

    He previously taught Geography at The Petchey Academy in Dalston, East London.

    His interests include going to the theatre, and acting in plays, sports of all kinds, but particularly rowing and playing golf, and he is also an enthusiastic cyclist.

  • Miss L Mathews: Senior Teacher and Subject Leader of English

    Miss L Mathews: Senior Teacher and Subject Leader of English

    Miss Mathews went to Durham University where she obtained a degree in Classics. After graduating, she was elected manager of Durham University Charity which raised half a million pounds under her leadership. After summiting Kilimanjaro, climbing to Annapurna Base Camp and teaching English for a charity in Colombia, South America, she joined the Teach First Leadership Development Programme.

    She spent two years teaching English at Sir John Thursby Community College in Burnley, Lancashire – a national challenge school which serves one of the most socially deprived areas of the UK. During her time there she set up Lancashire’s first ever Latin Club, created a mentoring programme with Burnley Football Club and co-ran the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

  • Miss C Monteith: Teacher of Music

    Miss C Monteith: Teacher of Music

    Before joing the West London Free School, Ms Monteith was at Tudor Grange Academy in Worcester where she taught Music for three years.

    After receiving her degree in Music from the University of Bristol, she completed her PGCE at Sussex University where she then worked as a summer associate writing academic articles relating to transition and primary education.
    Miss Monteith’s interests lie predominantly in the arts with a strong focus on a cappella and folk music. She is a violinist and singer with many years of experience performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Sage Gateshead.

    She also has a passion for tap dancing, musicals and Japanese cookery.

  • Miss H Naismith: Subject Leader of Girls’ PE and Games

    Miss H Naismith: Subject Leader of Girls’ PE and Games

    Miss Naismith completed both her degree and PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University. She also holds a Masters in Education. Her first teaching post was at The King's (Cathedral) School, Peterborough.

    Miss Naismith is an avid sportswoman, playing hockey at national league level. She also enjoys long distance running.

  • Miss D Newman: Assistant Senior Tutor of Year 8.

    Miss D Newman: Assistant Senior Tutor of Year 8.

    Miss Newman completed her PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University. She went to Aston University in Birmingham where she received a BSc in Human Biology.
    During her time at university she was Chair of the Netball Club, as well as first team captain for three years. She also played at county level while attending secondary school in Hertfordshire.

    For the past three summers she has run a successful day camp programme for 4-14-year olds in Connecticut, America. Since she started running the programme in 2009, the number of children attending has tripled and the same children return to the camp year after year.

    Miss Newman has a great passion for Science especially Biology and where possible attends courses to keep up to date with her subject knowledge.

    In her spare time she enjoys playing Netball. Other interests include Zumba, reading and socialising with friends and family.

  • Mr P Ost: Teacher of English

    Mr P Ost: Teacher of English

    Mr Ost attended Newcastle University where he obtained a degree in English Literature. Whilst at University, Mr Ost represented the hockey first team for three years, as well as organising a charity walk from Newcastle to Bath in just fifteen days. After graduating, he returned to his home town of Bath, where he spent a year coaching a variety of sports at a number of schools/academies and subsequently went on to do his PGCE at the University of Bath.

    Outside his literary passions Mr Ost is an avidly keen sportsman who has played national league and regional representative hockey as well as cricket and tennis to representative level.

  • Mrs E Richardson: SENCo

    Mrs E Richardson: SENCo

    Mrs Richardson was formerly at Park High School in Harrow, where she was the Ethnic Minority Achievement Co-ordinator for two years, before that, taught Special Educational Needs, German and French for three years. Additionally, she was the co-ordinator for teachers of English as an Additional Language across Harrow.

    Mrs Richardson’s work at Park High has seen her introduce and promote schemes to support underachieving pupils, including parent ambassadors, young interpreters and work with outside agencies. This resulted in 90% of pupils on the English as an Additional Language register achieving beyond their expected levels.

    Prior to her PGCE, Mrs Richardson completed a degree in German from University College London and she has just finished an MA in Education. During her time as a student she worked in France teaching English and at a bilingual grammar school in Hamburg, teaching English and Geography.

  • Mr J Smedley: Director of Sport

    Mr J Smedley: Director of Sport

    Mr Smedley graduated from Brunel University with a BSc in Sports Science. He then gained a place on the Graduate Teacher Programme which he undertook at the Institute of Education at the University of London.

    He was formerly at Seaford College, a co-educational, independent day and boarding school in West Sussex. Whilst at Seaford, Mr Smedley was a teacher of practical and academic Physical Education, Head of Hockey and Cricket and an assistant housemaster. The school achieved particular success in Hockey, appearing regularly in regional finals.
    Mr Smedley remains a keen sportsman, currently playing for Havant Hockey Club in the National League. He continues to play Cricket in the summer months, as well as being a former county Tennis player. Through Sport, he has been lucky enough to travel in much of the Southern Hemisphere, including Australia and South Africa.

  • Miss M Staniforth: Subject Leader of Classics

    Miss M Staniforth: Subject Leader of Classics

    Before joining the West London Free School, Miss Staniforth was Head of Classics Bradfield College in West Berskshire. Prior to her three years at Bradfield, she taught Classics at Pymble Ladies’ College in Sydney and St Dunstan’s College in London. She has taught Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation from beginner to A-level and university standard.

    After receiving her degree in Classics at Cambridge University, she worked as a tutor on the JACT Ancient Greek Summer School in Dorset in her summer holidays and is now running the Potential Teacher Programme to help promote the teaching of Classics to high-achieving graduates.
    Miss Staniforth has also coached Lacrosse and ran the Debating Society and the Classics Society at her previous school.

  • Mr L Warriner: Subject Leader of Physics

    Mr L Warriner: Subject Leader of Physics

    Mr Warriner joined the West London Free School from Ark Putney Academy where he taught Physics and Maths for two years. He holds a degree in Physics from Warwick University as well as postgraduate qualifications in Law. At his previous school, Mr Warriner organised the Academy's first ever overseas trip, taking a group of Physics students to visit the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland.

    A keen sportsman, Mr Warriner is a former County rugby and tennis player and an experienced skier. He is a qualified tennis coach with experience both in the UK and in America.

  • Mr E Watkins: Subject Leader of Music

    Mr E Watkins: Subject Leader of Music

    Mr Watkins studied Music at Keble College, Oxford, where he was the Organ Schloar, before completing his teacher training at Cambridge, where he was the Assistant Organist at Queens' College.

    Mr Watkins is Assistant Director of Voce Chamber Choir, Director of Music at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and has recently founded Inner Voices, an inner-London state school choir under the Director of Music at Eton College. In November 2011, he was appointed to the Monitoring Board of the new National Plan for Music Education.

    Beyond the world of music education, Mr Watkins's interest include politics and distance running.

Headmaster's Office

  • Mr S Druce: PA to the Headmaster

    Mr S Druce: PA to the Headmaster

    Mr Druce has been working at West London Free School for more than a year, with a range of different responsibilities. His role has recently changed to that of the Headmaster’s PA, as part of the Headmaster’s Office.

    Studying Sport Science at the University of Portsmouth, he excelled in his sporting commitments. He was the hockey club captain from 2010- 2011, 1st XI player coach in 2011-2012, as well as supporting men’s and ladies’ club coaching throughout. He represented the English Universities side in 2012, competing in the Home Nations tournament, and played National League for Fareham Hockey Club. Currently he is Barnes Hockey Club Men’s 1st XI captain and will lead all coaching with the Colts section this year. His ultimate aim is to become a qualified sports teacher.

    He previously worked for Eccevia Ltd, a sports tour company, playing a crucial role in setting up from an idea to market and was the UK representative; this showed his entrepreneurial prowess, which he hopes to replicate later in his life.

  • Mrs S Noel : Registrar

    Mrs S Noel : Registrar

    Mrs Noel started working for the West London Free School a few months before it opened in 2011. Originally recruited as Personal Assistant to both the Headmaster and the Deputy Headmaster, she was appointed as the school's first official Registrar in 2013.

    She is responsible for overseeing the admissions process from initial enquiries to pupils joining, including all correspondence concerning applications and registrations, organising admissions-related events, and maintaining the relevant records, statistics and reports.

    In addition to admissions, her role encompasses the production of marketing material and regular communications with parents, preparing collateral for the school’s corporate relations activities, maintaining confidential staff records, collecting information for the Headmaster’s Report to Governors and general administration duties within the Headmaster's Office.

    Her interests include travel, food and music.

Support Staff

  • Mrs A Barreto: Business Manager

    Mrs A Barreto: Business Manager

    Mrs Barreto became Business Manager at the beginning of 2013. However, she has been supporting the West London Free School since 2011. She voluntarily set up the school library, negotiating book and IT discounts, recruiting volunteers, managing procurement, budgets and has been continually supporting its growth.

    Before joining the West London Free School, she worked as a Management Consultant in the travel and airline sector, specialising in the marine and humanitarian markets. She also taught Spanish.

    Mrs Barreto enjoys travelling and swimming, and anything Spanish.

  • Miss J Elven: Finance Officer

    Miss J Elven: Finance Officer

    Miss Elven joined the finance team at West London Free School in Sept 2013 having worked in the financial services industry for a number of years. She is responsible for invoicing, payments and general day to day banking including lunch monies

    Miss Elven attended Passmores School and Technical College which was the feature of the C4 documentary Educating Essex

    Outside of work her interests include cooking, gardening, football and scouting

  • Mrs G Lucas: School Secretary

    Mrs G Lucas: School Secretary

    Mrs Lucas attended Holland Park Comprehensive School in Kensington. Since leaving school, she has had a long career in education in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, spanning a period of thirty two years. She has worked for the London Oratory and Sacred Heart schools, and for the last nineteen years, she played an important role in Cambridge Special Needs School. She joined the West London Free School as School Secretary in 2011.

    In her spare time she enjoys the theatre, reading, travelling the world, spending quality time with her family and is an avid Chelsea FC supporter.

  • Mr S McIntyre: Data Manager

    Mr S McIntyre: Data Manager

    Mr Mcintyre has been at the West London Free School since it started in September 2011, initially as Administration Assistant, but now as Data Manager.  He also provides help with sport coaching and extra-curricular activities.

    Mr Mcintyre moved to the United Kingdom after he graduated from Stellenbosch University, South Africa with a BA Sports Science Degree, majoring in Psychology. Mr Mcintyre remains a keen sportsman and participates in different sporting activities, but hockey remains his passion. He has represented his province and country at junior level as a player, and has also coached  at one of the best hockey schools in South Africa, Paul Roos Gymnasium.  He currently coaches at Hampstead and Westminster H.C and plays for the Men’s 1st Team in the Premier League.

  • Mr N Thomas: Data Controller

    Mr N Thomas: Data Controller

    Mr Thomas attended the University of Bristol where he studied for a Masters in Chemistry. After graduating in 2008, he was appointed Examinations Officer at Isleworth & Syon School in Hounslow, where he was responsible for all school exams such as GCSEs, GCEs and BTECs, as well as construction of the school timetable. During his five years there he also gained experience in IT support, managing the SIMS student information system and data analysis, which he looks forward to putting to good use at the West London Free School.
    In his spare time, he enjoys a variety of sports including golf, badminton, dodgeball and softball.

  • Mr J Willes: Site Manager

    Mr J Willes: Site Manager

    Mr Willes has been working at West London Free School as the Site Manager since 2011. He joined from Cambridge School, with seven years’ experience as caretaker. Before beginning a career in education, he was a property developer and has a wealth of experience in that area.

    He enjoys travelling the world, live music concerts, gardening and developing his properties on the market.

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