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We aim to provide children with a classical liberal education, regardless of background or ability.

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Ms A Allan: Head of Careers

With an art school background, Ms Allen's first job was working as an editorial assistant on magazines which then led into the online world, managing websites for Topshop, Topman and later Urban Outfitters.

After my second child was born I started my own company, which was just as hard/rewarding as everyone tells you it is! I now find myself enjoying a new path at West London Free School, enjoying the freedom of having school holidays to spend with my children while they still want me around! 



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: Headteachers' PA and School Office Manager

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.


Mr M Czarnota: Science Technician

Mr Czarnota graduated from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland, where he obtained a MEng degree in Chemical Technology. In his dissertation, entitled 'Studies of the release of antimony from fly ashes using voltammetric techniques', he worked on improving electroanalytical methods to measure very small amounts of harmful elements in water. Before joining the West London Free School, Mr Czarnota volunteered in the Science Museum and at a research lab at the Royal Holloway University of London, where he had a chance to work with researchers in other fields.

Mr Czarnota is a former choir member and his hobbies include skiing, infrastructure, cosmology and coffee making. In his free time, he enjoys roller-skating and cycling.


Mrs S Dellavedova: Sixth Form Receptionist

Mrs Dellavedova graduated from the School of Russian Studies, University of London with a BA Hons in Russian & Soviet Studies. Originally from Hampshire, she spent time in Russia and Paris before settling in London for the last 25 years.  

Before taking a break to start a family, Mrs Dellavedova had a long career in relationship management in the Financial Services industry. Since then she has had various freelance and voluntary roles before joining WLFS in September 2021.  

In her spare time, Mrs Dellavedova enjoys reading, opera, learning languages and spending time with her family and friends.  


Ms L Duckett: Attendance Officer

Ms Duckett studied English and Biology, BA Hons, at Liverpool University followed by a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism. After graduating. she worked for over ten years in radio and TV production, before retraining as a piano teacher.

In her spare time Ms Duckett enjoys running and swimming.


Ms V Duggan: Senior 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.


Mrs J Eastwood: Palingswick House 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 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.

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


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.


Mr M Lisiak: Music Technician






Mrs A Martineau: School Nurse 

Mrs Martineau completed her undergraduate nurse training at the University of Birmingham and specialised in Intensive Care nursing. She worked in several large London teaching hospitals and completed her specialist training in Intensive Care before moving on to become a specialist nurse for organ donation and transplantation. After having children, she left the hospital the environment and worked for three years at a prep school as a school nurse.

Mrs Martineau comes to WLFS with experience of managing young people’s medical conditions in school including diabetes, asthma and severe allergies. She has completed a youth mental health first aid course and is particularly passionate about well-being and good mental health practices.


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: 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 S 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.


Ms J Piggins: SENCo / Teacher of Physical Education 

Ms Piggins graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Physical Education and Biological Sciences and taught PE at Ashcroft Technology Academy for 19 years where she was also Curriculum Leader for Physical Education for over 10 years. During her time at Ashcroft she completed her Masters degree in Professional Practice and Pedagogy in Physical Education at St.Mary’s University. In 2016 Ms Piggins decided to focus on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and took up a role as a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator in a school in Chelsea. She has completed her National Award in Special Education Needs Co-ordination at University College London.

Ms Piggins likes all sports but is an avid cricket and American Football fan and travels to as many games as she can in her spare time. She has also recently discovered an interest in photography and combines this with her love of travelling.


Miss S Roachford: Receptionist

Before studying to be a nursery nurse, Miss Roachford gained a diploma is performing arts in Cambridge and was a very talented dancer. She gained her level three in nursery nursing and went on to work in a primary school in Oxford as a teaching assistant. Since then, she's been working in nurseries as a nursery nurse for the last seventeen years and worked her way up to being the business manager. She’s been based in west London for fifteen years. 

In her free time, Miss Roachford enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends. 


Ms C Romano: Art Technician

Ms Romano graduated with a BA in Literature and Philosophy at University of Pavia (Italy) majoring in Contemporary Art. She continued her studies in art with a masters degree at Sacred Heart University (Milan). She worked on a research project for six months at New York University with a grant on Renaissance Manuscripts. Throughout her studies she worked with well-known contemporary art galleries and editors in Milan. Following her qualification as an Art History teacher she taught in secondary schools, worked as an educational guide in the Didactic department of Museo del 900, and as a tutor in  humanities. She continued her collaboration with artists and took a second masters in curatorial studies at Accademia di Brera in Milan. Ms Romano completed her PhD in Medieval and Modern Art (manuscripts) at University of Udine, in 2013.

Since 2014 she has lived in London where she joined a legal firm as an archivist, while continuing her research for academic publications and training as a painter. In 2020 she obtained her UK teaching  qualification and began work as an Art Technician and as a supply teacher in secondary schools across London.

In her spare time, Ms Romano enjoys contemporary dance and yoga, cycling and exploring art galleries and museums.


Mrs H van Rozen: Sixth Form Administrator

Mrs van Rozen moved to the UK from Finland to finish her BA Hons Degree in Business Administration. Initially, she worked in relationship management for a large financial information provider. This was followed by a role in events and office management role, before taking time out to raise her four children.

During the school holidays Mrs van Rozen enjoys skiing and spending time at her summer house in Finland.


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.



Mrs A Symons: Events and Clubs Officer

Mrs Symons studied Economics at Manchester University, followed by a post graduate diploma in Public Relations. After graduating, she worked in PR for two years on a variety of FMCG brands, before moving to Agency Recruitment within financial markets, supplying technology professionals to Investment Banks, Asset managers and Consultancies.

In her spare time, Mrs Symons enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing tennis and swimming.


Mr N Thomas: Data Controller / 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 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


Mr N Aktouf

Mr Aktouf has a degree in Construction. He worked as a maths tutor in a South-East London school and as an employee of the Choice Tutor School, which provides home schooling.

 Mr Aktouf played semi-professional football and enjoys running marathons. He speaks several languages, including French and Arabic.



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 F-J Filtness: SEN Teaching Assistant

Miss Filtness worked as a nursery nurse before coming to West London Free School, caring for children between the ages of 3 months to 5 years. She graduated from the University of Greenwich with a BSc in Health and Wellbeing. To increase her knowledge, she completed extra training courses in a voluntary role at a Youth Club during her final year at University. Her specific area of interest within SEN is social communication difficulties such as young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

Miss Filtness spent a year living in Marbella, Spain, which added to her love of travel. She plans to continue adding more countries to her list of places visited.







Photography by Eleanor Bentall and Peter Mason