West London Free School

West London Free School

Support Staff 



Mr H Aiyanyor - Irabor : Senior Site Manager 

Mr Aiyanyor-Irabor joined the West London Free School Academy Trust in August 2016 with responsibility for site services and building compliance across all Trust schools. He holds a Master’s Degree in Power Systems and Energy Management from the City University, London, the IOSH Managing Safely Certificate and the NEBOSH General Certificate. He is also a member of the Energy Institute London (EI) and a Certified Member of the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). Mr Aiyanyor-Irabor has worked as a Site Manager in the Ark Schools network and has over ten years facilities management experience.

During his spare time he enjoys travelling and playing football.



Ms J Arneil: Careers and Sixth Form Librarian

Ms Arneil’s role at the West London Free School combines working as the Sixth Form librarian with being careers adviser and UCAS coordinator. She graduated from Loughborough University, with a BSc Hons in Geography before qualifying as a teacher with a PGCE. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and playing the piano.


Ms R Chellat : School Counsellor 

Ms Chellat received a Bachelor’s Degree at Roehampton University for Integrative Counselling in 2004. She has ten years’ experience of working with children and young people, and has successfully set-up and run counselling services in a variety of schools and community centres in west London. She also worked as a Mental Health Worker in Essex County Council for a number of years and did her training at Parkside Clinic.

When not working, Ms Chellat enjoys spending time with her family and going to the theatre. 


Ms C Courtney: PH Receptionist

After qualifying with a Diploma in Nursery Nursing, Ms Courtney worked as a nanny for fifteen years. Very familiar with west London, she has worked with children of all ages. She joined the West London Free School in September 2014.

In her free time, Ms Courtney enjoys going to the gym, reading and spending time with family and friends. She still sees many of the children that she helped to take care of and takes great pleasure in watching them grow and develop.



Ms V Duggan: Librarian

Ms Duggan graduated from Royal Holloway College, University of London, with a BA Hons in English, Drama and Theatre Studies.  During a management career in retail banking, she studied for an MBA and a Diploma in Marketing at the University of Westminster.  She then decided to change career and qualified as a teacher with a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education from The Institute of Education.  This was followed by seven years teaching Business Studies in a Sixth Form Centre, until taking time out to look after her children.

In her spare time she runs a local foreign-language film club and is a trustee of a local charity for the homeless.



Mr C Facey: Learning Mentor

Mr Facey graduated from the London College of Communication - University of the Arts with a degree in Marketing and Advertising. He has spent the last twelve years studying and working with young people in a variety of positions and projects, working for a number of charities and organisations. His most exciting role so far has been for a charity called ITV Fixers, which supports media projects with young people.

Mr Facey plays a number of sports competitively, and is interested in music, cooking and all things creative.


Ms L Frederick: Sixth Form Assistant 

After studying Textile Engineering at Leeds University, Ms Frederick worked for over twenty years in the fashion industry, and also lectured in Product Development at the London College of Fashion.

As Sixth Form Assistant, her role involves supporting the Sixth Form team in all matters of administration, including admissions, attendance monitoring, and communication.

In her spare time Ms Frederick is a keen netballer and recently became a qualified netball coach.



Miss R Glucksam: Sixth Form Librarian

Miss Glucksam joined the West London Free School as a Sixth Form librarian at Franklin House in October 2016. She has worked in various administrative roles for twelve years in Ireland, Germany and the UK. She also volunteers in Amnesty charity book shop, and in her spare time is an artist.



Miss L Holt: School Nurse (on Maternity Leave)

Miss Holt is the School Nurse for West London Free School. Employed by Central London Community Health Care NHS Trust, Miss Holt graduated with a degree in Paediatric Nursing and followed this with a degree in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. She joined West London Free School in January 2014. At her NHS Trust she is also a 0-19 Team Leader, managing health visitors and school nurses in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Miss Holt’s role in the school is to look after the health needs of all pupils. This includes making sure that pupils with a medical condition receive all the support they need. She also coordinates the school immunisations for Year 8 (HPV) and Year 10 (Teenage Boosters). 



Mrs G Lucas: FH Receptionist

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 at the Cambridge School. She joined the West London Free School as School Secretary in 2011.

In her spare time she enjoys supporting Chelsea Football Club, travelling the world and spending quality time with her family. 


Mrs J Morton: Safeguarding and Attendance Officer 

Mrs Morton attended Parliament Hill School for Girls in Hampstead. Since leaving school, she has had a long career in construction, but switched to education seven years ago.  She has spent the last six years at Ark Academy in Brent, a brand new school, where she became Attendance Officer and Head of Student Services, which included Child Protection duties. She joined the West London Free School as Safeguarding and Attendance Officer in 2016.

In her spare time Mrs Morton enjoys reading and spending quality time with her family. 



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, which includes the management of SIMS and the school's website. Mr McIntyre moved to the United Kingdom after he graduated from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, with a BA Sports Science degree.

Mr McIntyre remains a keen sportsman and participates in different sporting activities. He is currently playing for Richmond Hockey Club's, Men's 1st Team. 



Miss R Mehta: Headteacher's PA

Miss Mehta has worked in a school environment for over twelve years, initially as a Data Manager for eight years and then temping in various Administrator and PA roles. She joined the West London Free School in September 2015.

In her spare time, Miss Mehta enjoys salsa dancing and baking.



Ms S Mohammed: Science Technician

Ms Mohammed graduated from Kingston University, Surrey, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. Involving intensive laboratory time, her final project was entitled “Studies on Lipid Peroxidation in Diluted Human Serum”. Before joining the West London Free School, Ms Mohammed volunteered as a teaching assistant in a local school helping pupils in their science and ICT lessons.

Away from work, Ms Mohammed enjoys travelling, reading and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Mr A Mykoo: Inclusion Unit Manager

Mr Mykoo has extensive experience working with students who present challenging behaviour, having worked within an alternative provision at a local west London secondary academy before joining the West London Free School in 2015. In the past, he has worked with a range of students of varying abilities, focusing on pastoral support. Mr Mykoo has provided mentoring support in local youth clubs and also worked as a special needs support worker for young adults across London who are on the autistic spectrum and have a range of learning disabilities, encouraging social independence and interaction.

He enjoys football and visiting art galleries, and is a devoted father to his two teenage children.


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 Headteacher and the Deputy Headteacher, she was appointed as the school's first official Registrar in 2013.

She is responsible for overseeing the admissions, applications and registration processes. In addition, her role encompasses the coordination and production of marketing material and regular communications with parents as well as other general administrative duties.

Her interests include travel, food and music.



Mr J Oboh: Site Assistant 

Mr Oboh moved from Italy in April 2016 to settle in the UK. He has over fifteen years’ experience working with children in various different capacities. He joined the West London Free School as Site Assistant in November 2016.

In his free time, Mr Oboh loves travelling, studying and spending time with family.



Miss Palmer-Jones: Art Technician

Miss Palmer-Jones has a foundation certificate in Art and a degree in English Literature from Aberystwyth University. She is a practising artist in mixed media and has been involved with art education for many years. In her spare time, Miss Palmer-Jones enjoys going to exhibitions and gardening. 


Mrs J Smith: Head of Instrumental Music

Mrs Smith went to the Welsh College of Music & Drama and to Trinity College of Music, where her first study was the cello. She has taught and performed in the UK and also in Italy, where she played with the Orchestra Della Basilica Di San Clemente in Rome.

Since joining the West London Free School, Mrs Smith has hugely enjoyed the variety of music-making at the school, and the infectious enthusiasm of the Music department’s teachers and pupils.

Mrs Smith enjoys knitting, playing the piano and dancing.



Miss A Stevens: Extra-Curricular Coordinator

Miss Stevens graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a degree in Business and Management in 2012. Since then she has worked in various schools as an administrator. In 2016, Miss Stevens joined West London Free School as the Extra-Curricular Coordinator.

In her free time, Miss Stevens is studying a counselling diploma and she loves spending time with friends and family.



Miss D Tahir: Science Technician 

Miss Tahir started working with children in 2001 as a volunteer teaching assistant. In 2003, she started a degree in Paediatric Nursing at London South Bank University and Great Ormond Street Hospital, changing to Biochemistry in her third year, for which she obtained an Honours degree. She has since worked as a teaching assistant and, more recently, as a science technician, gaining experience in both the state and private sectors.



Mr N Thomas: Data Controller and Exams Officer

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 local secondary school in Hounslow, where he was responsible for all school exams, as well as the construction of the school timetable. He also gained experience in IT support, data analysis and managing the SIMS student information system. 

In his spare time, he enjoys a variety of sports including golf, badminton and softball.


Mr D Umali: Finance Assistant 

Mr Umali studied Discrete Mathematics at Warwick University. He has since worked in the accounts department of a recruitment company and in an Accounting practice, where he worked for a number of clients from a variety of different industries. Mr Umali enjoys water sports, travelling and can speak four languages.


Mrs A Wickham: Business and Finance Manager

Mrs Wickham is a qualified accountant who, before she became the Business and Finance Manager of the West London Free School, was the Business Manager of Queen's CE Primary School and, before that, she was a Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

She has a degree in Business Studies from Massey University in New Zealand.



Miss J Wilhelm: Teacher of Music

Miss Wilhelm moved to London from Canada in 2008 to study for a Masters in French Horn at the Royal Academy of Music, where she also obtained a Licentiate in private brass teaching. She has been teaching brass, piano and singing at the West London Free School since 2011.

During school holidays Miss Wilhelm enjoys touring with her band, The Great Malarkey. 



Mr C Zurawski: Site Manager

Mr Zurawski graduated from National Defence University, Warsaw, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education for European Security. He has worked in the pulmonology sector of the medical industry, where his role encompassed the installation, fitting, service and maintenance of sleep disorder and oxygen therapy devices.

In 2015, Mr Zurawski moved to London and started working in the West London Free School, initially as Assistant Site Manager. Now as a Site Manager, he is responsible for the Secondary and Sixth Form schools.

In his spare time, Mr Zurawski enjoys taking motorcycle trips in summer (it’s more like an obsession), snowboarding in winter, sightseeing in London and general DIY.

Teaching Assistants


Mrs I Barisone

Mrs Barisone worked in Germany as a general nurse before settling permanently in the UK. She graduated from Exeter University with a BSc in Biological Sciences. Mrs Barisone has completed both CACHE Certificate and a Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools before joining the West London Free School. She passionately believes in the ethos of the school and has been an active member of the PTA since it opened.

In her free time she is a keen swimmer, has an interest in tennis and reads widely. 

Miss J Gaurana

Miss Gaurana graduated from the City University of New York with a BA in Speech Pathology and Audiology, and a Minor in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. During college, she was an assistant co-ordinator for the Americans with Disabilities Act of Section 504. Last year, Miss Gaurana moved to the UK in order to continue her Masters degree as a Distance Learner  in Speech Difficulties at the University of Sheffield and has recently received a PGCE in Speech Difficulties. At the WLFS, she leads a social skills club to support pupils improve their social communication and social awareness.

Outside school, Miss Gaurana volunteers once a month at ASLAN, serving free breakfast to the homeless. In her spare time she likes reading  evidenced -base articles about different types of learning disabilities. She also enjoys playing racquetball, badminton and running.






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