Staff

Headmaster

  • Mr H Jones: Headteacher

    Mr H Jones: Headteacher

    Mr Jones graduated from the LSE with a BSc in International Relations. He then went to Cambridge where he did an MPhil in International Relations and went on to get a PGCE in History. He worked as a History teacher at the City of Ely Community College and then moved to St Mary’s Catholic School in Bishop’s Stortford where he became an Assistant Head with responsibility for the 11-18 curriculum. He passionately believes education should provide students with an insight into our human heritage, and should not be overly concerned with the surface level of vocational and technological change.

    He is a keen competitive cyclist and takes part in races around East Anglia and has completed ultra-endurance Alpine events. He is fascinated by Cold War history and an avid reader of spy novels. He is married with two young children and is the coach of a local under-7 football team.

Deputy Head Teacher

  • Mr D Stanton: Deputy Head

    Mr D Stanton: Deputy Head

    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.

    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.

    d.stanton@wlfs.org

Senior Leadership Team

  • Mr D Barr – Assistant Head (Extra-Curricular and Communications)

    Mr D Barr – Assistant Head (Extra-Curricular and Communications)

    Mr Barr has a degree in Economics and an MA in Educational Management from Warwick University. A teacher of twenty years’ experience, Mr Barr has been a Head of Year, Head of Department and Deputy Head of Sixth Form before joining West London Free School on the Senior Leadership Team. He is a keen sportsman and has played cricket for Warwickshire Cricket Board, Buckinghamshire and Matabeleland. He is a Level Three cricket coach and a Level Two rugby coach. He is married to Sophie with two children Jamie and Gemma.

    d.barr@wlfs.org

  • Miss L Mathews: Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning) and Head of Classics

    Miss L Mathews: Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning) and Head of Classics

    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.

    l.mathews@wlfs.org

  • Dr W Nottingham: Assistant Head (Curriculum and Assessment)

    Dr W Nottingham: Assistant Head (Curriculum and Assessment)

    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.

    w.nottingham@wlfs.org

  • Mrs E Richardson: Assistant Head (Pastoral Care and Inclusion)

    Mrs E Richardson: Assistant Head (Pastoral Care and Inclusion)

    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.

    e.richardson@wlfs.org

Academic Staff

  • Mr W Blades: Head of Humanities and Head of Year 9

    Mr W Blades: Head of Humanities and Head of Year 9

    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.

    w.blades@wlfs.org

  • Miss N Chudasama: Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages

    Miss N Chudasama: Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages

    Miss Chudasama graduated with a French and Spanish degree at Royal Holloway University of London. During her year abroad, she worked in Spain and studied French Language and Culture at the Univerity of Lyon. After graduating, she taught in China for a year and travelled around South East Asia.

    Miss Chudasama has a passion for travelling, conversing in different languages and immersing herself in various cultures. Having run the Hong Kong half marathon, Miss Chudasama enjoys running and trying out different activities.

    n.chudasama@wlfs.org

  • Miss N Crook: Teacher of Classics

    Miss N Crook: Teacher of Classics

    Miss Crook graduated with a BA in Classics from Oxford University, having focussed during her degree on the fantastic literature and fascinating history of the Greek and Roman civilisations. She particularly loves sharing her enthusiasm for Alexander the Great.

    Outside of her classical interests, Miss Crook enjoys baking, reading, Zumba and travelling whenever possible. She is very keen to encourage students to start Greek in the after-school clubs as she was herself introduced to Latin in this way

    n.crook@wlfs.org

  • Miss H Daher: Teacher of English

    Miss H Daher: Teacher of English

    Miss Daher graduated with a BA in Politics at Queen Mary University of London and then went on to complete a Masters in History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

    Miss Daher is excited to teach English because she loves reading and being able to share that love and enthusiasm with others. She also Loves Visiting the theatre, going at least once a month.

    h.daher@wlfs.org

  • Mr R Evans: Head of Modern Foreign Languages

    Mr R Evans: Head of Modern Foreign Languages

    After attending Poole Grammar School, Mr Evans attended the University of Manchester where he graduated with a degree in French. His year abroad was spent at The University of Paris, Sorbonne, where he studied French Language and Literature. After graduating, he completed a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages.

    In his previous post as Co-ordinator of MFL, Mr Evans co-led a team which increased pupil attainment in French significantly at Keystage 4. He also started the first set of school ‘Language Ambassadors’, who promoted the importance of MFL across the school community. Additionally, Mr Evans has led a school French Spelling Bee competition, which successfully took Gifted and Talented pupils to the National French Spelling Bee.

    Mr Evans’ passion lies in travelling the world and experiencing different cultures. Having completed his Duke of Edinburgh Award, he also enjoys outdoor activities.

    r.evans@wlfs.org

  • Miss R Fonseka: Teacher of Science

    Miss R Fonseka: Teacher of Science

    Miss Fonseka graduated from Warwick University with a Bsc in Bio-Medical Science. Whilst at Warwick, she was in the cheerleading squad which became national champions. During her gap year, Miss Fonseka spent several months in Zimbabwe working with various charities to support orphaned children by teaching sustainable living. During her time there she also organised several event days, and taught basic Mathematics and English.

    Away from teaching, Miss Fonseka enjoys travelling, and aims to visit a new country each year. She also enjoys Salsa dancing and has participated in several showcases while at university.

    Miss Fonseka's passion for science stems from her childhood, as she always enjoyed the variety of her science lessons, and the opportunities to explore new ideas. Her classes will aim to encourage self-confidence, inquisitiveness and independence.

    r.fonseka@wlfs.org

  • Mr J Franklin: Head of Divinity

    Mr J Franklin: Head 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.

    j.franklin@wlfs.org

  • Miss R Graves: Teacher of Mathematics

    Miss R Graves: Teacher of Mathematics

    Miss Graves completed her degree at Keble College, Oxford, where she also recieved a Blue Award for basketball.

    Whilst at University, Miss Graves was Head of Music for Oxide Radio and worked as a member for Oxfords UNIQ access scheme. Miss Graves grew up in Ladbroke Grove and attended the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle where she completed A-Levels in Mathematics, French, English, Geography and History.

    She spent a year in New York working at a youth enterprise and in her spare time she enjoys cycling and travelling.

    r.graves@wlfs.org

  • Mr A Hatton: Teacher of Science

    Mr A Hatton: Teacher of Science

    Mr Hatton graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Environmental Chemistry and an MSc in Environmental Geochemistry, after which he pursued a career in management and training for twelve years, before making the switch to teaching via the school direct training programme.
    As an earth scientist, he has a passion for the natural world and the outdoors, taking particular interest in environmental issues.

    Outside of school, Mr Hatton enjoys visiting the many museums, theatres, and restaurants that London has to offer. Over the years, he has also been involved in a variety of sports, including canoeing, fencing, archery, cycling and even competed in his university's sailing team. Now with a young family, his interests are more recreational than competitive.

    a.hatton@wlfs.org

  • Miss J Henao: Teacher of Mathematics

    Miss J Henao: Teacher of Mathematics

    Miss Henao graduated with a BSc in Mathematics from York University, a four year degree which included a year studying Mathematics and History of Art at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.  After a career in finance, working in a global investment bank and qualifying as a chartered management accountant, she completed her PGCE in Secondary Mathematics at Roehampton university.

    A fluent Spanish speaker, Miss Henao enjoys travelling and new experiences, sky diving in Australia being a particular highlight.  She is a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, has a keen interest in art and likes to draw in her spare time.

    j.henao@wlfs.org

     

  • Mr A Hudson: Head of Boys' PE and Head of Year 8

    Mr A Hudson: Head of Boys' PE and Head of Year 8

    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.

    a.hudson@wlfs.org

  • Miss F Hunter Blair: Head of Mathematics

    Miss F Hunter Blair: Head 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.

    f.hunter-blair@wlfs.org

  • Ms M Leigh: Teacher of Divinity

    Ms M Leigh: Teacher of Divinity

    Ms Leigh studied Religion and Theology at the University of Manchester. During her time at university she completed the Manchester Leadership Programme, achieving the gold award. Ms Leigh also founded and chaired a national Womens Network focusing on promoting, engaging and inspiring young female students.

    m.leigh@wlfs.org

  • Mr R Littlewood: Head of Geography and Head of Year 10

    Mr R Littlewood: Head of Geography and Head of Year 10

    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.

    r.littlewood@wlfs.org

  • Miss C Monteith: Teacher of Music and Head of Year 7

    Miss C Monteith: Teacher of Music and Head of Year 7

    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.

    c.monteith@wlfs.org

  • Miss H Naismith: Director of Sport and Head of Girls PE

    Miss H Naismith: Director of Sport and Head of Girls PE

    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.

    h.naismith@wlfs.org

  • Mrs K. Philomon: Head of Science

    Mrs K. Philomon: Head of Science

    After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology from University College London, Mrs Philomon went on to complete an M.Sc. in Neuroscience at the same university.
    She decided to go into teaching, after having successfully completed an amazingly fulfilling year of mentoring a child with behavioral difficulties with the voluntary charity, Chance UK. This resulted in her being asked to do a promotional interview at 10 Downing Street on behalf of Chance UK for ‘The PiggyBank Trust’ - to highlight the important work that Chance UK does. In addition, she co-ordinated a cocktail reception at 10 Downing Street for the patrons of the charity. Mrs Philomon has also been interviewed for the ‘Voice’ newspaper to highlight how important it is for BME to mentor ‘at risk’ children
    Following completion of her PGCE and NQT, Mrs Philomon was appointed the Head of KS4 Science at the Chalfonts Community College,where she remained for a number of years before moving to the West London Free School in June 2014.

    k.philomon@wlfs.org

  • Ms F Saunders: Teacher of Mathematics

    Ms F Saunders: Teacher of Mathematics

    After completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Masters in Accounting degree at University College Dublin, Ms. Saunders qualified as a chartered accountant and worked in Dublin, Melbourne and London in finance and business consulting for several years.

    Having a keen interest in art and photography however, she decided to leave the financial world to follow her passion, completing a Degree in Photography at the University of Westminster. She then embarked on a career as a professional photographer, splitting her time between Dublin and London. Her photography career allowed her to travel widely and also to work on a personal project, enabling her in 2012 to realise a dream of publishing a travel photography book on Buenos Aires with accompanying exhibitions of her work in London & Ireland.

    Never one to stop learning, she completed a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham and joined the WLFS as Teacher of Mathematics. She still retains a great interest in art, photography, travel, learns Spanish and tango. Also a keen sportswoman, she represented Ireland in Athletics while in school, was a Varsity volleyball player, and regularly swims and practices yoga.

    f.saunders@wlfs.org

  • Mr L Warriner: Head of Physics and Head of Gifted and Able

    Mr L Warriner: Head of Physics and Head of Gifted and Able

    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.

    l.warriner@wlfs.org

  • Mr E Watkins: Director of Music

    Mr E Watkins: Director 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.

    e.watkins@wlfs.org

Support Staff

  • 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.

    s.noel@wlfs.org

  • 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.

    a.barreto@wlfs.org

  • 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

    j.elven@wlfs.org

  • 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.

    g.lucas@wlfs.org

  • 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 J McQuaid: Senior Site Manager

    Mr J McQuaid: Senior Site Manager

    Mr McQuaid was previously employed as the Performance Fireman at the Cambridge Theatre, Covent Garden.  He was responsible for the health and safety of the 1200 patrons and 200 staff members, and also worked with the carpentry department on the upkeep of the beautiful art deco theatre. Before that, he was an actor who trained in contemporary theatre  and performed in Britain, Ireland and the United States. He holds a BA in Theatre Studies.

    His interests include cycling, literature, theatre, cinema, cooking food, eating food and dreaming about food!

  • Mrs R O'Hara: Finance Director

    Mrs R O'Hara: Finance Director

    Mrs O’Hara joined the West London Free School Academy Trust in May 2014, as its Finance Director.

    Since 1994, she has worked with a large range of company type and size and a number of public sector bodies in Corporate Finance, Consulting, Corporate Taxation, and Audit & Accountancy. 

    Most recently Mrs O’Hara worked for BDO Corporate Finance with a variety of companies and the public sector, predominately in PFI, project and debt finance. She qualified in the audit division of PriceWaterhouse Coopers in 1997 as a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and then with Andersen as a Chartered Taxation Adviser (CTA) in 1999.

    Rachael has been a Trustee and Treasurer of a charity and has assessment and marking experience with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She has a degree in Economics and Politics from the University of Warwick

  • 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.

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