Mrs C Wagner: Headteacher
Mrs Wagner grew up locally in Fulham. She studied History at the University of Bristol and began her teaching career at Upton Court Grammar School, a mixed selective state school in Berkshire. She then taught in a variety of schools in both the state and independent sectors, including North London Collegiate School and South Hampstead High School. During that time, she completed her MSc. in Learning & Teaching at the University of Oxford and her NPQH at the Institute of Education in London. Most recently, she was Headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Girls.
Mrs Wagner enjoys reading, swimming and going to the theatre, and retains her love of History, particularly of the History of England in the Seventeenth Century and France in the Eighteenth Century.
Senior Leadership Team
Dr W Nottingham: Deputy Head - Academic and Curriculum
Dr. Nottingham graduated from the University of Brunel with a BSc in Biology and subsequently studied at the University of Oxford where he completed a Doctorate in stem cell and developmental biology. 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 his strong and passionate interest in teaching. He was appointed Head of Biology and, later, A-level science coordinator. 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 loves to travel (with the aim of visiting a new country every year).
Ms A George-Samuels: Assistant Head - Pastoral and Inclusion (SEND)
Ms George-Samuels graduated from the University of Brighton with a BA in Humanities followed by a PGCE in Religious Studies. She then spent ten years at Holland Park School in West London, where she had several whole-school responsibilities including Head of Religious Studies, PSHCE and Careers Co-ordinator and four years as SEND Co-ordinator managing a large team. She has been a parent at the West London Free School since 2011 and has recently served as a Parent Governor.
Ms George-Samuels is currently studying for her MEd in Special Educational Needs and Disability and is a keen member of the UFO Steel Band with whom she has performed in The Notting Hill Carnival and The Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Day Parade.
Mr R Littlewood: Assistant Head - Co-Curricular Programme
Mr Littlewood graduated from the 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 is also a Staff Governor for the school.
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.
Mr B McLaughlin: Assistant Head - Behaviour
Mr McLaughlin graduated from the University of Manchester Metropolitan with a degree in English Literature. After graduating, he worked in his established family business, overseeing the development of young people in a Montessori environment.
Mr McLaughlin continued his passion for education by successfully completing his PGCE in Secondary Education (English) from Newman University College, Birmingham. Upon completion, he took a teaching post at Whitmore High School, Harrow. He has moved to West London Free School from William Brookes School, Much Wenlock (a Coubertin school).
Mr McLaughlin enjoys staying fit through cycling and tennis. He is also a keen snowboarder and qualified in canoeing and sailing.
Miss C Monteith: Assistant Head - Professional Mentor for Staff
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 and musicals.
Mr R Peal: Assistant Head - Teaching & Learning
Mr Peal studied history at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, before gaining a Masters in History from the University of Pennsylvania under a Thouron Scholarship. On returning from America, he began his teaching career under the Teach First programme. He taught for two years at a school in Birmingham where he established a school debating club.
Mr Peal took a year out of teaching to work as an education research fellow at Civitas, a Westminster-based think tank. During this year, he published a book on the history of teaching methods and a report about school inspection.
Away from teaching, Mr Peal enjoys reading, cooking and is a keen runner. He is a passionate traveller, as it was visiting sites of historic importance that first fired his interest in the subject of history.
Ms D Thompson: Head of Sixth Form
Ms Thompson graduated from the University of St Andrews where she obtained a degree in Latin and Medieval History.Following the completion of her degree, Ms Thompson worked for the British Red Cross as a humanitarian educator in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. Here, she worked alongside young people and teachers, enabling them to build peer education within their setting on a range of humanitarian issues.
Outside of teaching, Ms Thompson enjoys designing and making clothes, running and ballroom dancing.
Ms Abelairas: Head of Spanish
Ms Abelairas was raised in Galicia, in the north-west of Spain. She received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid and was then awarded the Leonardo da Vinci scholarship with a placement in Brussels. After returning to Madrid to complete a Master's in Screenwriting, she became a professional journalist for a number of years. During this time, she discovered a love for teaching and gained a place at the National Languages ITT Alliance, a programme developed by the Education Development Trust and the University of Hull. She then completed her PGCE in Spanish and French.
Before joining the West London Free School, she was Head of Spanish in a University Technical College in north-west London. In her spare time, Ms Abelairas loves reading, writing and yoga.
Mr J Bacchi-Andreoli: Head of Art and History of Art
Mr Bacchi-Andreoli graduated from Goldsmiths' College with a BA in Fine Art and Contemporary Critical Theory, after completing a Foundation at Camberwell College of Art, followed by an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art. He worked as an artist based in London and curated various exhibitions, including a collaboration with the Arts Council. His interest in teaching was confirmed after running workshops in the Education Department of the Serpentine Gallery. After completing his PCGE at the Institute of Education, he taught Art at Reed's School, Surrey, where he also set up History of Art at A-Level. He has worked at several schools in and around London as Head of Art and History of Art.
Away from teaching, he continues to work at his studio in Waterloo. He also has a strong interest in cooking and all things Italian, due to his heritage.
Mrs A Barrett: Teacher of Art
Having completed an Art Foundation at Kingston, Mrs Barrett went to the University of Manchester and graduated with a BA in History of Art. After working for an interior design company in London, she worked for the artist and film director, Peter Greenaway, for seven years assisting on several of his feature films, setting up and curating his painting exhibitions worldwide.
Mrs Barrett has continued to pursue her own artistic practice, working in stained glass and glass fusing, completing various private commissions. She also runs art classes at a local primary school.In her spare time Mrs Barrett loves yoga and visiting art galleries.
Ms R Bartram: Teacher of Geography
Ms Bartram graduated from the University of Leeds in 2010 with a First Class Honours degree in geography, she then completed her PGCE at the Institute of Education as part of the Teach First Programme at the Alec Reed Academy in Ealing. Ms Bartram has a passion for travelling and experiencing other cultures.
Mr O Bell: Teacher of History and Sport
Mr Bell graduated with a BA in War Studies from King’s College London University in 2002. He was previously a History teacher and boarding house tutor at Hurstpierpoint College, West Sussex.
Mr Bell has been a professional hockey coach for the last fifteen years, most recently with Brighton and Hove HC in the East Conference, and is currently a centrally contracted coach with England Hockey. His playing career has included both junior international and national league honours.
Ms C Brennan: Teacher of English
Ms Brennan graduated from the University of Sydney with a BA with Honours in English Literature, before completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Sydney Institute of Education. She also holds a Diploma in Performance Coaching from Newcastle College, and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She was awarded the Cinnamon Press first collection prize in 2008, and her work is also published in a range of UK and European anthologies and journals. She has taught in London schools as Head of English and Drama, as well as teaching undergraduate creative writing for the Open University. She is passionate about the power of literature and the arts to transform lives.
In addition to teaching, Ms Brennan enjoys swimming,painting and travel.
Ms A Chernin: Teacher of Mathematics
Ms Chernin graduated from the University of York in Toronto, Canada where she completed a Bilingual BA Hons in Mathematics with concurrent Teacher Education. Since arriving in the UK in 2016, she has travelled to nine countries in Europe and plans on visiting many more.
Mr M Conrad: Teacher of Mathematics
Mr Conrad graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Economics. After a career spanning law, entrepreneurship and marketing, Mr Conrad has turned to teaching as he wishes to share his broad knowledge and experience with the next generation. West London Free School is Mr Conrad's first teaching post and he will teach Mathematics. Outside of school Mr Conrad is a keen cyclist and loves great architecture and design.
Mr A Cooke: Teacher of Science
Mr Cooke graduated from Durham University with a BSc in Zoology. He is a qualified solicitor and, prior to joining WLFS, practised for many years in London, focusing on intellectual property especially multi-national patent litigation. The patented inventions he litigated ranged from the design of super-conducting magnets for MRI scanners, to the use of transgenic mice for the production of human monoclonal antibodies.
Mr Cooke’s interests outside teaching include natural history, the conservation of buildings and, of course, law. He is chair of the trustees of Highgate Cemetery and a trustee of another charity, SOS Sahel International UK. SOSS assists marginalised communities, especially nomadic cattle herders and other pastoralists, in Ethiopia and Sudan.
Mr J Critchley: Teacher of Art
Mr Critchley graduated from Leeds College of Art & Design in 2007 with a BA in Art & Design. After a short time volunteering as a youthworker, he began his career in education, working as an art technician in secondary schools in Swindon and Harrow. After six years, he enrolled at the Institute of Education where he completed his PGCE. In his own time Mr Critchley plays the guitar and watches films.
Miss N Crook: Head of Classics
Miss Crook graduated with a BA in Classics from the University of Oxford, having focused during her degree on the extensive literature and 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 Zumba and travelling.
Mrs C Edwards: Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs Edwards is French and has always had a dual interest in teaching both language and history. She graduated from the Sorbonne with an Agrégation in History which she prepared at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and a German language diploma completed at the University of Salzburg. After several years of teaching in France, she completed a Masters in Comparative Education at the Institute of Education, where she focused on a comparative study of curricula and teaching methods in France, Germany and England. She comes from Hampton School for Boys where she taught French and German up to A level. Mrs Edwards has a keen interest in debating and at Hampton she trained the pupils taking part in the inter-secondary schools French debating competition. Mrs Edwards strongly believes that learning a foreign language provides essential self-confidence in pupils, increasing their ability to assert themselves and appreciate their place in a wider multi-cultural environment.
Mr J Essex: Teacher of Geography and Head of Year 8
Mr Essex graduated with a BA in Geography and Planning from the University of Newcastle, followed by the completion of his PGCE in Secondary Geography at the University of Oxford.
Aside from teaching, Mr Essex is a keen sportsman who continues to represent local cricket club Richmond's 1st XI.
Mr L Everett: Head of History
Mr Everett graduated from the University of Hull with a degree in History. He later went on to complete his PGCE and Masters in Education from the University of Cambridge. He has taught history at Stowupland High School in Suffolk for the past three years. One of his responsibilities at Stowupland was in leading a teacher research programme linked to the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. He is a strong believer in the power of an academically rigorous and knowledge rich history curriculum for students of all abilities and backgrounds.
Outside of school Mr Everett is a keen reader, particularly interested in 19th and 20th century history. He also loves to travel, most recently leading an exhibition to Swaziland with 17 sixth formers to carry out volunteer work.
Mrs R Fonseka: Head of Biology
Mrs Fonseka graduated from the University or Warwick with a Bsc in Bio-Medical Science. Mrs Fonseka has worked with charities in Zimbabwe teaching Mathematics and English to orphaned children.
Mrs Fonseka's passion for science stems from her school days where she enjoyed the variety of her science lessons, and the opportunities to explore new ideas. She aims to teach science classes which encourage self-confidence, inquisitiveness and independence.
Away from teaching, Mrs Fonseka enjoys travelling and aims to visit a new country each year.
Miss H Foxton: Teacher of PE
Miss Foxton graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2015, where she obtained a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. Throughout her degree, Miss Foxton continued to coach within sports clubs and schools where she developed her love for teaching. After a year coaching sport and working as a houseparent in a boarding school in Norfolk, Miss Foxton completed her PGCE in Secondary PE through the University of Buckingham at Langley School.
Outside of teaching, she is both a keen skier and cyclist, having completed several charity bike rides, including cycling from London to Bolton in two days.
Ms K Godsal: Teacher of English
Ms Godsal graduated from the University of Essex with a BA in English Language and Linguistics. Subsequently, she completed a PGCE in English at the London Institute of Education.
She spent seven years at Holland Park School in west London as a Leading Practitioner and is also an experienced English Literature examiner.
Ms Godsal's interests include going to the theatre, travelling and reading a wide range of literature.
Mr B Gouttenoire: Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Mr Gouttenoire was raised in the south of France, in a small wine-producing region between Lyon and Marseille. After completing his BA in Anglophone literature and Theatre in Lyon, he moved to London in 2005 and worked as a language and drama assistant at Kings College Wimbledon for two years. In 2008, he graduated from The Institute of Education (UCL) with a PGCE and taught at Whitgift School in Surrey for seven years. In 2012 he returned to UCL and completed his MA in sociology and theatre, exploring the theme of cultural and linguistic identity for multilingual children in urban settings.
Mr Gouttenoire is an active member of the Hackney Children Theatre and the Theatre Lab companies and divides his time working on theatre and film projects, as well as teaching drama and languages.
Mr A Hatton: Head of Chemistry
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 Schools 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 the cultural highlight that London has to offer. He has also been involved in a variety of sports, including canoeing, fencing, cycling and even competed in his university's sailing team.
Miss J Henao: KS3 Mathematics Coordinator
Miss Henao graduated with a BSc in Mathematics from the University of York, 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 the University of Roehampton .
A fluent Spanish speaker, Miss Henao enjoys travelling and the arts. She is a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.
Mr A Hudson: Head of Boys PE and Games/Head of Year 10
Mr Hudson completed his degree and graduate teaching programme at the University of Canterbury Christ Church , 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.
While 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 earning him the accolade of the Universities Sportsman of the Year 2010.
Mr Hudson participates in many sporting activities, predominantly in hockey. Mr Hudson represented Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club Men's 1st XI.
Miss A Hughes: Teacher of Divinity
Miss Hughes graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Theology and Religious Studies. She then taught for two years at a school in Birmingham, where she completed the Teach First programme before moving to London. In her spare time, Miss Hughes enjoys going to the theatre and keeping fit.
Mr S King: Teacher of History
Mr King graduated from the University of York with a BA (Hons) in Economic & Social History. He also has a Masters’ in Business Administration from Cranfield University School of Management, where he was awarded the Henry Ford II prize for outstanding achievement.
Prior to teaching, he worked extensively in banking, financial technology and management consultancy. As a consultant, he advised many leading organisations internationally, in the private, public and charitable sectors. Mr King believes that a thorough understanding of history is invaluable for understanding our world today, knowing who we are and having empathy for the perspectives of others.
Mr J Mackintosh: Director of Sport
Mr Mackintosh went to the University of Demontfort where he graduated with a degree in Sports Science and Leisure Studies. After graduating, he then completed a P.G.C.E. in Secondary P.E. at Leeds Metropolitan University. Mr Mackintosh taught in Yorkshire and Berkshire within various secondary schools.
During his university education, he coached Lacrosse, Swimming and Football in West Virginia and Texas. Mr Mackintosh extended his coaching experience with the Manchester United Community Coaching scheme as well as gained coaching awards and worked part time in a Football Centre of Excellence. Mr Mackintosh has participated in numerous Marathons and alternative triathlons raising money for worthy charitable causes. He also enjoys travelling, to name a few destinations, Nepal, Tibet, South America, and Australia.
Ms O Michelena: Teacher of Chemistry
Ms Michelena studied Chemistry at Salamanca and the Basque Country Universities, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Basque Country University, Spain. She gained a Masters in Organic Chemistry from the University of Basque Country under the Basque Country research fellowship, specialising in organic chemical synthesis. During this period, Ms Michelena completed her Masters in Education at the International University of La Rioja. She qualified in Spain as a secondary school chemistry and physics teacher. After starting her teaching career in Spain, she decided to move to London in order to experience a different educational system. She worked at an outstanding school in South London before joining the West London Free School.
Ms Michelena enjoys art, sports and travelling.
Ms D Murphy: Head of Economics and Deputy Head of Sixth Form
Ms Murphy graduated from the University Of Leicester with a BA in Economics. Following the completion of her degree she worked as a Market Analyst in the Financial Services Market, analysing economic, market and competitor data.
Having always had an interest in education and the importance of effective learning she decided to pursue her ambition of becoming a teacher and began a PGCE course in Economics Education at Staffordshire University. On completion of this course she worked in a large sixth form college in Staffordshire and was appointed as course leader within the department. Following a move to London she was appointed as lead Economics teacher and Head of Vocational Education at William Morris Sixth Form until moving to the West London Free School in September 2017.
Outside of school Ms Murphy enjoys sport, in particular running and has been a member of a running club for many years. She also enjoys travel and watching films.
Mr J Norrey: Teacher of Science
Mr Norrey graduated from the University of Salford with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and an MA in Journalism, before subsequently completing a PGCE in Secondary Science with Physics at the University of Cambridge. He will teach physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics.
Mr Norrey joined West London Free School as a newly-qualified teacher in June 2015. He became a teacher to combine his passion for science with his love of communicating and discussing knowledge and ideas. Outside of class, he enjoys football and is also a keen guitarist and casual pianist.
Mr A Norton: Teacher of PE and Geography/ Head of Year 11
Mr Norton attended the University of Exeter where he obtained a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. After three years of coaching tennis and skiing, he returned to Exeter to complete a PGCE in PE. Before joining the West London Free School, he worked at the City of London School and Eton College.
Mr Norton participates in a variety of sports including rugby, squash, and primarily tennis, which he plays to a national level.
Mr R Orme: Head of Divinity
Mr Orme graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Theology and Religious Studies. His interest in religion, and passion for communicating that interest, led him into teaching through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. After teaching at a school in Birmingham for two years, Mr Orme moved to London where he continued to teach.
During this period, he also gained a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Warwick. Mr Orme is Head of Divinity at the West London Free School and also a Year 11 form tutor. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the piano and guitar, cycling and watching Bristol City.
Miss J O'Shea: Head of Physics
Miss O’Shea graduated from the University of Limerick in Ireland where she holds a BA Hons in Physics and Chemistry with concurrent Teacher Education. Before joining the West London Free School, Miss O’Shea taught Physics at two outstanding South London state schools for two years and four years respectively, as well as spending time travelling Australia. Miss O’Shea has taught all three sciences and was Deputy Head of Year 11, responsible for organising and supporting a huge range of pupils through their GCSEs.
Ms R Oxtoby: Head of English
Ms Oxtoby graduated from University of Oxford with a degree in English Language and Literature, having specialised in Old and Middle English and philology. She remained at the university to complete her PGCE and then went on to work at Holland Park School, teaching English to students aged 11-18. She became a Leading Practitioner with a focus on improving the quality of students’ writing across the school and modelling outstanding teaching at all levels. Her favourite areas of study are Shakespearean tragedy, dystopian fiction and linguistics.
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.
Following completion of her PGCE and NQT year, Mrs Philomon was appointed Head of KS4 Science at her previous school, where she remained for a number of years before moving to the West London Free School in June 2014. She is keen to inspire her pupils to develop an appreciation of the value of learning in life.
Mrs Philomon is particularly interested in narrowing the attainment gap for black and minority ethnic (BME) students within the educational system.
Mr N Revie: Head of Mathematics
Mr Revie graduated from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, with a degree in Mathematics. After spending two years doing voluntary work in Hungary, he returned to obtain his PGCE from the University of Strathclyde. He taught in Glasgow for two years, before moving to London where he has been teaching since 2000 in a variety of middle and senior leadership posts.
For the past eight years he has been Deputy Headteacher at St Andrew's, Croydon, with particular responsibility for behaviour and pastoral care. A keen carpenter, he likes to have a project or two on the go around the house or in the workshop.
Ms C Robertshaw: Assistant Director of Music
Ms Robertshaw graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA Hons in Music before completing her PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church on the Teach First Programme. Prior to joining WLFS she taught Music for two years at an ‘outstanding’ West London academy and she is now studying for her MA in Leadership at University College London. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and baking.
Dr D Robinson: Teacher of English
Dr Robinson completed his MA and PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. He has also completed an MA in Fine Art at the University of the Creative Arts. He has taught English and Art for five years in various contexts including a Kenyan slum and as a lecturer and mentor at the University of Birmingham.
He has an active research profile and recently published work in the Journal of Language and Politics. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, reading, cycling and drawing.
Miss V Rousvoal: Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Miss Rousvoal graduated from the Université de Bourgogne in France, with a BA degree in English literature, language and civilization. After spending two years as a French Language Assistant in Norwich School, she decided to get a PGCE in French and Spanish at the University of Exeter.
In her spare time, Miss Rousvoal likes going to the cinema, reading and travelling.
Ms N Saba: Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Ms Saba graduated from the Université du Mirail in Toulouse, France, with a joint Honours degree in English and Spanish with Child Psychology. After growing up in the South of France and graduating from University, she went on to work in two Secondary schools in South London as a French Assistant before getting a PGCE in French and Spanish at Goldsmiths College. She first worked as a French and Spanish A-level teacher at Streatham and Clapham High School for Girls, before joining an outstanding Secondary school and teaching both French and Spanish A-Level for 14 years.
At Graveney school, she also gained experience in being Deputy Head of Year for three years, before being promoted to Deputy Head of the MFL department, Head of KS3 French and Languages Coordinator. She passionately believes that languages provide pupils unique opportunities in the work place and help develop their cultural awareness, as well as widening their understanding of the world and their own culture. In her spare time, Ms Saba is a keen Salsa dancer and also enjoys attending the gym.
Mr A Scott: Teacher of English and Head of Year 9
Mr Scott studied English and Journalism at the University of Lincoln where his studies focused on colonial and post-colonial literature, before starting his teaching career at the West London Free School.
Outside of teaching, he is a passionate sailor, crewing on a variety of yachts on trips around the south coast, France and the Channel Islands. Mr Scott is also a keen rugby player, having represented his university’s 1st XV, and now plays for the Old Mid-Whitgiftian’s 1st XV.
Mr R Selth: Teacher of History
Mr Selth was born and grew up in Canberra, Australia. He studied History and Classics at the Australian National University before proceeding to a Master’s in Classics at the University of Oxford. Prior to joining the West London Free School, he worked as a teacher of History, Classics, and Grammar at Pimlico Academy, teaching both primary and secondary classes.
Mr Selth is passionate about debating, drama, and writes in his spare time.
Ms S Shanfari: Teacher of Mathematics
Ms Shanfari graduated from Guildhall University London with a BA (Hons) in Economics and Mathematics, after which she completed a PGCE in mathematics at the University of Roehampton, as well as attending the Royal Academy of Music. She will be starting her Masters in Education Psychology at UCL in October this year.
Teaching as a career appeals to Ms Shanfari because it gives her the opportunity to help shape the future of young lives. She has been teaching mathematics in both international and UK based schools since 2007 and has thoroughly enjoyed her experience so far. She is looking forward to continuing in her role as a teacher of mathematics at the West London Free School.
Mr J Shaw: Teacher of Science
Mr Shaw graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Physics and worked as a management consultant before taking an MBA at INSEAD in France. His career includes marketing, strategy and finance roles in large companies including Diageo. More recently he launched an exhibitions company and has been running his own commercial property business. He considers himself fortunate to have been offered the opportunity to rekindle his love of science and maths and to introduce a new generation at the West London Free School to their joys. He sails when he can and enjoys the theatre and cooking.
Mr R Silverstein: Teacher of Mathematics
After graduating in applied maths from The Johns Hopkins University, Mr Silverstein began his career at NASA. He then spent several years in the aerospace industry while simultaneously completing a master’s degree in computing. Moving to Japan he worked as a technology writer and analyst at Toshiba. On returning to Europe he earned an MBA in technology innovation in France and managed a boutique e-commerce consultancy in London. Strategic technology roles at Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis followed. Most recently he has been volunteering and consulting, providing technology strategy advice to UK charities and technology start-ups.
Mr Silverstein is a keen cyclist and adept handyman and has practiced tai chi for over 30 years.
Ms M Stewart: Teacher of Art
Ms Stewart studied Fine Art and History of Art (joint hons) at Goldsmiths, graduating in 2012. Since then, Ms Stewart has continued to practise as an Artist, working in painting and print making and exhibiting work across the UK. She also worked as an freelance Artist Educator running workshops in schools – this led her to join the West London Free School, originally as the art technician. Following a year in the role, Ms Stewart returned to Goldsmiths to undertake a PGCE in Art and Design, teaching across south London, before returning as an Art Teacher at the school in July.
Ms Stewart enjoys reading and long cycling holidays when not making her own work or teaching!
Mr V Tamizian: Deputy Head of Sixth Form ( Academic )
Mr Tamizian studied history at Clare College, Cambridge, after which he stayed on at the University to complete his PGCE. He then moved to London to teach at Fortismere School, during which time he also completed his Masters in Education with the Faculty of Education at Cambridge. In addition to history, he taught A Level Classics and has a keen interest in ancient history, especially Ancient Rome. Mr Tamizian enjoys reading and film. He likes to bring these interests into the classroom; in the past he has run an enrichment activity considering how the African-American Civil Rights Movement has been depicted in films.
Mr D Thompson: Teacher of Divinity
Mr Thompson graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BA in Theology. He taught religious studies and history for three years in Birmingham, completing the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. During this time he was responsible for community cohesion within the school and completed a Masters in Educational Leadership through the University of Warwick. Afterwards he taught religion and coached football at a school in the Bahamas for two years.
Mr Thompson enjoys a variety of sports, including football, scuba diving and running. He also enjoys visiting historic buildings, particularly churches.
Ms Uyttenhove: Teacher of Mathematics
Ms Uyttenhove graduated from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) with a Bachelor (honours) degree in Business Engineering. She spent many years working as an investment banker for HSBC (Amsterdam and London). Following a career break, she completed a PGCE in Secondary Education (Mathematics) at King’s College London. Her interests include reading, jogging and travelling.
Dr M van den Heuvel: Lead Practitioner of Science and Leader of Gifted & Talented
Dr van den Heuvel obtained his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Molecular Sciences at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands before going on to work in the field of genetics science at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam and continuing this work at the University of Stanford in Palo Alto (California, USA). He obtained his PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Amsterdam in 1993.
He led a research group in a Medical Research Council unit at the University of Oxford , concentrating on evaluating the role of developmental genes in the fruit fly. His role as an Honorary Lecturer at the university sparked his interest in teaching and in 2010 he embarked on the PGCE course at Oxford. He has since worked in state schools in Oxford and London. At the WLFS, he will also be leading the Gifted & Talented programme.
Ms A Veseli: Teacher of Mathematics
Ms Veseli graduated with a BA in Financial Economics from the University of Kingston . After a career in the financial and retail sector, she moved into teaching by initially working for two years as Maths Booster support in a local primary school and a number of years as a Maths Tutor. Ms Veseli continued her passion for Mathematics and education by successfully completing her PGCE in Secondary Education (Mathematics) from St Marys University with overall outstanding grades.
A fluent Albanian and Italian speaker, Ms Veseli is fascinated by foreign languages and enjoys travelling.
Ms H Walker: Teacher of Classics and Head of Year 7
Ms Walker graduated from King’s College London with a BA in Classical Studies. She was awarded her PGCE while working at Watford Grammar School for Girls and St Benedict’s School, Ealing.
She joins the West London Free School to further her belief that Latin and Classics should be accessible to all. She is particularly passionate about visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum and studying Greek sculpture and epic poetry. Apart from her love of Classics, she enjoys keeping fit, cinema and travelling.
Mr E Watkins: Director of Music
Mr Watkins studied music at Keble College, Oxford, where he was the Organ Scholar, before completing his teacher training at Cambridge, where he was the Assistant Organist at Queens' College.
Mr Watkins is Assistant Director of Voice 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' interests include politics and distance running.