West London Free School

West London Free School

Support Staff 



Mr H Aiyanyor-Irabor : Senior Site Manager 

Mr Aiyanyor-Irabor joined the Knowledge Schools 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 Leader

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.


Miss E Benbow: West London Zone

Miss Benbow works for West London Zone and is based in the West London Free School. She graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Psychology before moving to Paris for a year where she worked as an Au Pair. Miss Benbow has also worked in Hampshire and London in a homeless shelter. 

In her spare time, Miss Benbow enjoys volunteering in her local community and travelling.


Mrs K Brook: Sixth Form Receptionist 

Mrs Brook emigrated to London from Canada in 2006 and spent her first nine years here raising her children. Her background includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology from The University of Western Ontario and she has spent ten years working in banking.  Most recently, she worked at Belmont Primary School in Chiswick, first as Librarian and later as Office Administrator.  

During the school holidays, Mrs Brook enjoys skiing and rock climbing in the French Alps.


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: Sixth Form 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.



Mrs J Eastwood: Librarian 

Mrs Eastwood graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA Hons in History of Art, in the School of English & American Studies.  She has had an extensive and varied career in the arts and media sector.  Prior to taking a career break to raise her two children, she spent over ten years at the BBC in a number of editorial and communication roles in BBC New Media, BBC Television and BBC Music & Arts Publicity.  A life-long lover of libraries, she became actively involved in her children’s school library as Librarian during her career break and launched and ran a popular annual Book Swap for the entire school, for four years.

She is a passionate advocate of the role that school libraries and librarians play in the lives of our children in promoting reading for pleasure.



Ms L Frederick:  Sixth Form Registrar and School Manager

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.


Mr L George: Music Assistant

Mr George has just completed his A Levels, including music. He was previously a pupil at the WLFS and has returned to work with the school for the duration of his gap year. He is primarily a pianist, but is also a guitarist, clarinetist and singer. 

Alongside his music, Lucas is an aspiring mathematician and computer scientist. He also enjoys distance running, playing tennis and chess, and practising his French.



Ms L Gracias: Sixth Form Supervisor 

Ms Gracias holds a degree in English Literature and a post graduate in Travel & Tourism. Her management career in the travel, tourism and transport industry spreads over twenty years with British Airways and TFL. She took a career break of two years to work in India with a charity for underprivileged children with cancer, as well as taking on an assignment as a consultant and events director for the Government of Goa's tourism department and the City's Corporation, coordinating and organising local and international cultural events and festivals. On its completion, she moved back to London and has worked in various roles in an Academy as a Transition Coordinator, EAL and SEN.

Her interests are travel, food, reading and writing Portuguese and English short stories and poetry.




Miss C Hibbert : Pastoral Support Officer 

Miss Hibbert studied Anthropology at SOAS in London before moving on to train as a counsellor and psychotherapist at The Tavistock and Portman Trust and Birkbeck University. She has worked in the Pastoral Team in a number of schools.

Outside school Miss Hibbert spends a lot of time reading, volunteering with young people and exploring the UK and other countries.




Miss L Holt: School Nurse 

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). 




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.




Mrs S Noel: PH Registrar and School Manager

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. 




Mr S Pennington : Inclusion Manager

Mr Pennington took his degree in Mathematics late in life, following a career in logistics and a break to be the primary carer for his son. He joined Phoenix Academy as a Cover Supervisor, after which he was appointed Year Leader and ran their School within a School programme.

Mr Pennington’s interests include scuba diving, mathematics, art and riding his motorcycle.




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 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.



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.

Ms L Wend: Art Technician

Ms Wend completed an MA in Drawing from the University of the Arts London, prior to which she obtained a BA in Art and Design from the University of Leeds. In between studies, she worked in various schools and continued her artist practice throughout, exhibiting work in both the UK and China.

In her spare time, Ms Wend enjoys running marathons, practising her German and going to exhibitions.


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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