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
Mr B McLaughlin: Deputy Head - Pastoral and Designated Safeguarding Lead
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.
Mr R Peal: Deputy Head - Academic
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.
Mr L Everett: Assistant Head - Teaching and Learning
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.
Mr R Orme: Assistant Head - Staff Development and Co-Curricular
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. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the piano and guitar, cycling and watching Bristol City.
Mrs K Philomon: Assistant Head - Pupil Welfare
Ms D Thomix: 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.
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.
Mr A Bakas: Teacher of Music
Mr Bakas graduated from York St John university with a BA in Music Production. After completing his studies he went on to work at a music studio, alongside writing and performing music regularly.
In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors and going to concerts.
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.
Mr O Bell: Assistant Head of Sixth Form (Head of Year 13), Teacher of History and Government & Politics
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.
Mr R Bell: Teacher of Mathematics
Mr Bell graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences and Law, and subsequently studied for a degree in Mathematics with the Open University. He has come to teaching after an international career in management consulting, with a background in systems design and implementation.
Mr Bell is keenly involved in theatre as a trustee of several theatre companies and a producer. He is also a keen long-distance cyclist.
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.
Mr W Budd : Trainee Teacher of Science
Mr Budd read Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Liverpool and continued his studies at the University of Oxford where he left with an MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology. Since graduating he has worked as an Archaeologist with Museum of London Archaeology. Most recently he has been working on the excavation of an Iron Age site in Barnes.
Away from work he likes to read science fiction and non-fiction, preferably something to do with human evolution or animal behaviour. A keen sportsman, he is currently a member of Putney Town rowing club and gets up far too early every weekend to head out on the Thames.
Mr H Carey: Acting Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Mr Carey studied at Bristol University where he obtained a BA in Modern Languages (French and Spanish). Prior to joining West London Free School, he taught in a number of London schools and has also spent time teaching in Ethiopia.
Away from work, Mr Carey enjoys contemporary art, cooking and film. He also plays rugby and tennis.
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 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 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.
Ms K Godsal: Teacher of English and Professional Mentor
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 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 S Hind: Head of Geography and Outdoor Education Coordinator
Mr Hind graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Geography. Prior to joining WLFS he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in London, specialising in the audit of large insurance companies. He completed his PGCE in Secondary Geography at the Institute of Education (UCL).
Mr Hind loves to travel, first discovering the rewards of teaching while working on a voluntary basis at a school in Tamil Nadu, India. A keen cyclist and runner, Mr Hind also enjoys playing golf, trying desperately to cling on to a single-figure handicap.
Miss A Hughes: Head of Divinity and Head of Year 8
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 M Khalife: Teacher of Maths and Computing
Mr M Khalife started his teaching career in Lebanon at the age of 21, before moving to London to finish his masters degree at University of East London. He worked as IT developer until he decided to change career and move into teaching. Mr Khalife did his PGCE in mathematics at St Marys University in Twickenham.
Mr Khalife's outside interests include tennis, volleyball and cycling. He also enjoys board games.
Mr S King: Teacher of History and Politics
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.
Mrs K Kjellberg: Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs Kjellberg graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics with a M.Sc. in Economics and Business. She has spent the majority of her career working in finance, mainly as an equity fund manager, and is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Mrs Kjellberg also worked for the Money Advice Service with the remit to develop tools and resources to help people better manage their money. She has turned to teaching with a hope to instil a love for maths in all students.
In her free time, Mrs Kjellberg enjoys traveling, gardening, the outdoors and the company of friends and family.
Mr R M Lewis: Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Mr Lewis graduated from Cardiff University with a BA degree in French and Welsh. After starting a career in marketing, he then changed direction and joined the Teach First programme, before going on to teach French, Spanish and Welsh in various contexts.
In his spare time, Mr Lewis likes following the footsteps of great British explorers and has spent the last three months driving from Welsh Patagonia to The Equator.
Mr C MacKeith: Trainee Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Mr MacKeith studied Spanish and History of Art at University College London before completing a Master’s at Cambridge in Latin American Studies. During his year abroad he worked as an English Language Assistant in Chiapas, Mexico for the British Council, and once more after graduating in Palermo, Sicily.
Mr MacKeith enjoys travelling, traipsing around art galleries and reminiscing about living in warmer places.
Dr A McNally: Teacher of Science
Dr McNally graduated from University College Cork with a BSc in Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds. She then moved to Amsterdam for a year where she worked as a research assistant in the Netherlands Cancer Institute. She completed her PhD in Molecular Oncology at the University of Cambridge, where she focused on primary brain tumours. Prior to joining West London Free School, Dr McNally taught science at Pimlico Academy, where she also completed her teacher training.
Ms D Murphy: Head of Economics and Assistant Head of Sixth Form (Head of Year 12)
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.
Ms S Naidu: Teacher of Science
Ms Naidu studied Biology and Chemistry in Fiji, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry and her Postgraduate Diploma in Biology from The University of the South Pacific. She gained her early teaching experience there as a Foundation-year Chemistry lecturer and teaching assistant. After moving to New Zealand, she added commercial experience to her science background while working for a bio-manufacturing company. She later gained a Master of Science in International Health Management from Imperial College London, investigating the resource intensity of surgical interventions delivered in the UK private healthcare sector for her thesis. Ms Naidu has had experience working in comprehensive schools and the independent education system in London. She worked as a Science tutor and mentor for two years before joining the West London Free School.
Ms Naidu enjoys learning music, running, and frequent escapes into nature and books.
Mr J Newstone: Teacher of Science
Mr Newstone graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in genetics, and later took his PGCE in Liverpool. He returned to London to start teaching science at Walthamstow School for Girls. Mr Newstone is passionate about all sciences, but especially biology, and has maintained a keen interest in science-fiction and movie making.
He is a keen artist and experienced carpenter, has worked on a number of movie, video, and photography projects as a set designer/builder, and is currently writing a science-fiction novel.
Mr J Norrey: Head of Physics
Mr Norrey graduated from the University of Salford with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Journalism, before completing a PGCE in Secondary Science with Physics at the University of Cambridge. He has also recently graduated with a Master’s in Education from the University of Cambridge where his research focused on improving students’ confidence and ability in using mathematics in physics to improve attainment at GCSE.
Mr Norrey joined West London Free School in June 2015 and has taught Physics, Chemistry and Biology up to KS4 and Physics at KS5. He became a teacher to combine his passion for science with his love of communicating and discussing knowledge and ideas. Outside of school, he enjoys watching and playing football and is also a keen guitarist and casual pianist.
Mr A Norton: Director of Sport
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.
Ms A Oulmane: Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Ms Oulmane graduated from the University of Lyon with a first class honours degree in Languages and Literature and a degree in History of Art. She has a passion for languages and has studied several languages at school and in adult life, including Mandarin and Arabic. She believes learning languages opens up so many opportunities, including the ability to communicate with others and a deeper understanding of one’s identity.
Ms Oulmane grew up in the French countryside and came to London as an Erasmus student, where she eventually settled. She has experience of a wide range of schools after completing her PGCE in Languages. In her spare time, she goes outdoors to enjoy nature and she reads about world history from a variety of perspectives.
Miss L O'Brien: Head of Girls' Sport
Originally from Cavan in Ireland, Miss O'Brien moved to London where she gained her BA degree in Physical Education (QTS) from St. Mary's University in Twickenham. She has experience of teaching in a variety of schools including The Harrodian and Radnor House. She also enjoyed a two year stint living abroad, working in the Australian International School in Singapore. Miss O'Brien is very passionate about teaching PE and is very much looking forward to taking Girls' Sport at WLFS to the next level.
Aside from teaching, Miss O'Brien is a keen sportswoman and continues to compete at Richmond Hockey Club. She also plays mixed touch rugby, enjoys crossfit, swimming and generally keeping fit.
Miss J O'Shea: Head of Science
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: Teacher of English and EPQ Coordinator
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.
Ashley Parker: Teacher of PE
Mr Parker graduated from Southampton Solent University in 2017, where he obtained a degree in Applied Sport Science. Whilst at university, he worked as a sports coach in local schools, where he found a real love for teaching.
Mr Parker is a keen footballer.
Ms P Parrouty: Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Patricia is a linguistic, fluent in English, French, Spanish and Catalan. She studied Applied Linguistics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and went on to complete a Masters in E-Learning from Open University of Catalonia in Spain. She is currently undertaking a further Masters course in Learning Difficulties.
After starting her teaching career at Agora International School in Barcelona, she went on to become a languages teacher at La Retraite RC School, Balham and St. John’s Leatherhead before moving on to become Head of World Languages at Collège Alpin Beau Soleil, Switzerland. In 2016 she moved back to the UK and was employed as a French and Spanish teacher at Radnor House in Twickenham. Patricia has experience as an examiner in French for OCR and Spanish for EDEXCEL.
Patricia enjoys travelling, experiencing different cultures as well as spending time with her family. She enjoys challenging herself and has completed the Camino de Santiago and also climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mrs A Qureshi: Teacher of Psychology
Mrs Qureshi graduated from Roehampton University with a BSc in Psychology, before obtaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Child Psychology at Oxford Brookes University. After working two years in a special needs school and as a part-time youth worker, Mrs Qureshi realised her passion was in teaching and helping pupils grow and realise their potential. Psychology is a subject that can help pupils understand themselves better and therefore make more informed choices. Mrs Qureshi then gained a PGCE in Psychology from the University of Wolverhampton. After two years of teaching, Mrs Qureshi has been an AQA examiner for the past four years.
Aside from teaching Mrs Qureshi loves travelling and spending time with her family.
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.
Prior to joining the WLFS he was 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.
Dr D Robinson: Head 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.
Mrs R Rose: Assistant Director of Music
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts in the USA, Mrs Rose graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Magna cum laude, from Gordon College, MA. Following her graduation, she taught primary academic and choral music in the Boston at Park Street School and The Devereux School. In 2017, Mrs Rose obtained a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Connecticut, at which university she served as a Graduate Assistant and main conductor for the Women’s Choir, as well as the chorusmaster for UCONN Opera. In 2018, she completed a Master of Music in Choral Studies from the University of Cambridge as a member of Murray Edwards College, during which time she sang with Robinson College Chapel Choir.
An active performer and conductor, Mrs Rose enjoys singing choral and operatic repertoire just as much as she does conducting. In addition to her many musical interests, she enjoys traveling, staying active, and adventuring.
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 C Rutherford: Teacher of English
Ms Rutherford graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford with a BAHons in English Literature and a Masters in History of Art from UCL. She taught History of Art at Kingston University for many years and was a lecturer at the Wallace Collection before training as an English teacher through School Direct.
She has broad-ranging interests in literature and all aspects of cultural history.
Mr D Scarpignato: Trainee Teacher of Classics
Mr Scarpignato graduated with a BA in Classics and an MA in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Exeter. His interests range from ancient drama, which is his specialism, to epic, the novel, historiography, philosophy, and linguistics.
Outside of school, Mr Scarpignato enjoys making music, playing football, and watching comedy.
Mr A Scott: Teacher of English and Head of KS4
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: Head 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.
Miss H Stapleton: Trainee Teacher of History
Miss Stapleton evolved a love of history from her time spent living abroad in Italy when she was younger. She has spent most of her life in Manchester, but graduated with a BA in History from the University of Bristol.
Over the last few years, Miss Stapleton has worked with NCS The Challenge taking Year 11s away to do outward bound and doing workshops on social action and the importance of community. She has really enjoyed being able to combine her love of youth work with getting involved with local charities in and around the Manchester area.
Outside of work, Miss Stapleton has a keen interest in dance and the theatre.
Ms M Stewart: Teacher of Art and Head of Year 7
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!
Miss L Szego: Teacher of Geography
Miss Szego graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Geography and completed her PGCE at the same institution. Her interest in Geography is further inspired by a love of travel - most recently with a month long trip around Japan.
Miss Szego is also a keen sportswoman participating in football and athletics, particularly javelin and discus, as well as competing in the more unusual Dodgeball Premier League."
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 and Head of Year 8
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: Head of Biology (Maternity Leave) 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. Dr van den Heuvel leads 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.
Miss H Walker: Teacher of Classics
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.
Miss F Walsh: Teacher of PE
Miss Walsh graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Coaching and Sport Science at Nottingham. She completed her PGCE at Loughborough University. Miss Walsh plays an array of sports including Netball, which she plays at a competitive level. She has also worked as a personal trainer and sports coach.
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.
Mr C Wilsdon: Teacher of Geography and Head of Year 9
Mr Wilsdon graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in History during which he spent a year studying in Berlin. After a brief spell in IT project management in a publishing group, he trained as a Geography teacher with Teach First.
Outside of school, Mr Wilsdon enjoys playing tennis and cycling.
Miss B Wright : Teacher of Divinity and English
Miss Wright graduated from the University of York with a degree in philosophy and has recently completed her PGCE at the University of Bristol. The main focus of her degree was the philosophy of religion, in particular The Problem of Evil.
Within one of her training schools, Miss Wright established and ran a Philosophy club for KS3.
Away from teaching Miss Wright is passionate about illustrating and takes the opportunity to draw whenever she can. She is also a keen lover of tea and greatly enjoys taking time out by drawing in teashops.
Mr J Yates : Teacher of Music
Mr Yates graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a degree in Music.
Alongside his academic studies he was also a choral scholar. As part of the choir of Royal Holloway he sang regular concerts and services, and undertook numerous recordings, broadcasts and international tours to Europe and North America. After completing his degree, Mr Yates undertook his teacher training at the University of Cambridge where he also sang with the Choir of Sidney Sussex College. Prior to university, he spent two years singing as a Choral Scholar in St David's and Lincoln Cathedrals.
Mr Yates continues to enjoy singing as both a soloist and in choirs, and attending concerts and the opera.