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We are extremely pleased to announce that Ms Poole has been appointed our substantive Headteacher


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congrats to Kieran Farrell Yr11, part of the Team Richmond IZB silver medal winning team . Amazing experience


Fact of the Day


Students designed equipment to help Nepalese farmers transport tomatoes from mountains to valley markets


Year 9 Arthur explains his group’s design ‘down the hill slide’ - inspired by the movie


Students take part in problem solving competition to see which 5 will represent the school Maths Challenge


Our Science Fact of the Day: It takes about 1 minute for a red blood cell to make a complete circuit of the body


Y7s have been learning about how astronauts go to the toilet in space in the Nappy Experiment for


Our Science Fact of the Day: It takes about 1 minute for a red blood cell to make a complete circuit of the body


Y8 students have created their own own pen grips using ergonomic design for


Our Y10 handball team have qualified for the finals after a fine display


Our Year 9 and 10 students were treated to a performance of from the


Our U13 girls played with spirit and determination but narrowly missed out on a place in the Netball final


Our Year 10 Abi Fisher has been voted chair of the Richmond and Kingston Council youth committee chair


STEM club students learned about the use of modular building in disaster areas before making their own models.


Y7 Jackson Birch and his teammates took Gold at an international gymnastics tournament in Poland.


Students will perform Romeo and Juliet. See poster for details.


We are holding a number of events to celebrate next week. Stay tuned for updates.


Our annual Quiz Night takes place on Friday 27th of April. See poster for details.


Year 9 students are using their morning tutorial to plan a project to deliver workshops to care home residents.

The Richmond West Schools Trust  

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From September 2016, Hampton High and Twickenham School joined The Richmond West Schools Trust. This is a local multi-academy trust established in order to provide new governance for Hampton High and Twickenham School.  The vision of the trust is that all schools are good or outstanding by 2020.
The trust brings together local schools in order to ensure high standards of education and a focus on Teaching, Learning and Leadership for the local community shared by these schools.  The trust provides the systems and structures needed to ensure the success of all of the schools, current member schools are Hampton High and Twickenham School. These school are supported by other local schools including Waldegrave. 
Each member  school in the trust has its own distinct identity and ethos. They each have their own vision, values and mission statements. They are united in a common belief in the strength of community education and the desire to ensure the entire community has access to the same high standards of education in the individual settings of each school.  Working collaboratively has resulted in improvement in every area of education for students attending Hampton High and Twickenham School. Trustees are delighted in the progress that the schools have made so far under the leadership of Assal Ruse at Twickenham School and Rebecca Poole at Hampton High, and are confident that both schools will continue to go from strength to strength.
The governance structure of RWST comprises the Board of Trustees and a Local Governing Body for each of the schools in the trust. More information can be found on the RWST website (
The Richmond West Schools Trust (RWST) is a Private Limited Company, it is a not-for-profit charitable organisation with Business Classification of "General Secondary Education".


Richmond West Schools Trust
Fifth Cross Road

Telephone: 020 8894 3244 
Fax: 020 8893 3670
E-mail Address: 

RWST Biographies - Trustees

Bev BELL: Member

Bev Bell was educated at Oxted Grammar School and later gained a B.Ed (Hons) at Marjons, Exeter University - 1978.

Training as a PE/Science teacher, Bev has taught in Colchester, Plymouth and Greenford.

Bev later studied at Brunel University to gain an MA – (Ed Man) and the Institute of Education (Univ. of London) to gain an NPQH. 

She has held educational management and leadership roles at Heston CS and Hampton CC.  She held headships at JKGTC and Crest Academies – (Brent) and Executive Headship roles at the Basildon Academies (Essex). 

She is an educational consultant and Director of Premiere Learning and currently coaches and supports new head teachers, deputies and heads of departments.

Bev has been a Governor at Teddington School since October 2014, and has chaired both the Resources and Achievement & Teaching Committees, each for one year.

Julian GRAVATT: Member

Julian Gravatt has been a parent governor at Teddington School where his two children are pupils.  He was previously a parent governor at St Mary’s and St Peter’s School and was briefly a member of the LB Richmond School Forum.

Julian works at the Association of Colleges in London which is the national organisation for further education and sixth form college England and where he is one of two Deputy Chief Executives. His day to day work involves leadership and management of AoC’s national policy team, representing colleges to government and personal responsibility for finance, funding, regulation and pensions issues.  

Julian has a degree in history, started his career at the National Audit Office and has worked in the college sector since 1992 first as Registrar of Lewisham College in South London, then as Finance Director of the City Lit and more recently at AoC.

Jenn JOHNSON: Trustee

Jen is a qualified barrister with experience in strategy development as both a consultant and at two different FTSE 100 companies.  

Jenn is the Chair of governors at Teddington School as well as Chair of the RWST Board of Trustees.

Adele KIMBER: Trustee

Adele is a trustee of RWST and the Chair of Board’s Resources Committee.

Adele has been a community governor of Teddington School since October 2013, acting as Chair of the Students Committee from September 2014 to 2016, overseeing issues such as student welfare, behaviour, safeguarding and admissions, and is currently Chair of the Resources Committee which covers finance, HR and facilities issues.

By profession, Adele is an editor and communications specialist and has run business magazines and websites for several leading UK publishing companies and more recently her own publishing and communications consultancy.  

Adele is also a trustee and operations director of The Elifar Foundation, a charity which works to support children and young adults with disabilities.

Jo MERRITT: Trustee

Jo has been a governor for nine years and is currently Chair of Governors at Stanley Primary School in Teddington.

She has successfully completed the National College, “Chair of Governors National Leadership Development Programme”. 

Jo is a member and Chair of Richmond Admission Appeal panels, Richmond Independent Review Panel and a member of Richmond Schools’ Forum. 

As a parent governor at Stanley, Jo was part of the original working group to enable expansion and amalgamation of the infant and junior schools.

Jo’s children now attend a local secondary community school. 

Phillipa NUNN: Executive Headteacher

Phillipa has been Headteacher of Waldegrave School since 2006 and, previously, The Holt School in Berkshire.  

Phillipa was appointed National Leader of Education in 2011. BSc hons UCL, MA, PGCE and NPQH.

Charis PENFOLD: Trustee

Charis worked in primary education for 22 years before joining the Local Authority (London Borough of Richmond) in 2007.  She has taught across the primary age range, was a deputy headteacher in two schools, an acting headteacher and finally a primary headteacher in Kingston for seven years.

Her initial role as Associate Director for Early Help in Achieving for Children gave opportunities to work with protection and early help services creatively and innovatively to enhance partnership working.  Projects included oversight of Educational Inclusion, Children Missing Education procedure, children’s centres and outcomes across the early years.

In 2015 Charis was appointed as Director of Education Services and returned to her education roots working more closely with schools across Kingston and Richmond. She oversees the quality of provision, standards and outcomes across all phases, including early years and 14-19, admissions, governance and school place planning.

Fran PERROW: Member

Fran has been a community governor at Waldegrave School since 2012 and
Chair of the Children, Communities and Families sub-committee for the past three
years.   She is the designated governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection, Looked-After Children and the named governor for the School Governors' Discipline Committee.   In addition, Fran has responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Fran has worked in young people's health at government level and has lectured and run training worldwide.  She has also worked for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and carried out audits in Academies around the country.

Fran currently works with groups of vulnerable young people and on adolescent health at the Royal College of GPs.

She has previously been a business mentor and PTA Chair at Waldegrave School.

Tracy ROYLE: Member

Tracy Royle is a mother of three girls, two of which are Waldegrave School students, in Years 7 and 9. The third is in Year 3 at a local primary school.

Tracy has been a governor at Waldegrave School for two years, working on the CFC sub-committee.  She has helped on PTA committees throughout her children’s education. 

Andrew TANNER: Trustee

Andrew became a governor of Waldegrave School in 2011.  He assisted as the school moved to academy status and as it introduced a sixth form provision.  He is supporting the school in its management of an ever tightening budget. 

Andrew brings to the RWST his experience from working in the finance and banking sector where he has been employed for the last 20 years.  His role requires project management, financial management and people skills as he implements changes in an environment of continuous improvement across a broad array of departments.

Helen WALLACE: Trustee

Helen has been a governor at Waldegrave School since February 2005, as a parent governor and then a community governor.

Helen has chaired the Curriculum and Achievement sub-committee since September 2014 and was a member of the Finance sub-committee.

Helen spent 25 years in the Human Resource profession in a range of managerial and consultancy roles.  Initially with Marks and Spencer, then subsequently managing a HR consultancy business, she supported a range of businesses by facilitating practical solutions to complex personnel issues.

Helen now supports her local community by performing a range of voluntary roles focused on children.  

Andrew WHITEHEAD: Member

Andrew has lived in Hampton for almost 30 years and is married and a grown-up daughter now living in Teddington.

He is a qualified accountant (FCCA) and has served as a governor for seven years, first at Carlisle Infant School and then at the Carlisle & Hampton Hill Federation, and for much of that time he chaired the Finance Committees.

His work background includes managing Corporate Finance and Corporate IT roles within a multi-national pharmaceutical company and so he is xperienced in the long-term planning, budgeting, reporting and risk-management tasks that the RWST is required to undertake.

John WILKINSON: Executive Headteacher

John Wilkinson is Executive Headteacher of Teddington School and Chief Executive Officer of RWST.  

John has been a headteacher since 2009 when he was appointed as Headteacher of The Elmgreen School in Lambeth, two years after it was founded as the first Parent Promoted school in England.

John has held a variety of teaching and senior leadership roles in schools in Surrey and Central London since 1995. He has had experience of mentoring new headteachers and advising on school improvement in a number of schools.  

John lives in Whitton with his wife and family.

Andrea ARBITER: Clerk to the Board & Local Governing Bodies

Andrea has been a Clerk to a number of governing bodies of Richmond schools over the past seven years, supporting governors in their contributions to school improvement.

The role of the Clerk to the Trustees and Governors is to circulate papers, minutes and cascade other information on training or any other matter relevant to the board and to manage governance in such a way as to support strategic development.

RWST Committee Meeting Dates

Trust Board - Tuesday 12 September 9.30am

RWST Strategy Session - Saturday 23 September 10.00am 

School Achievement Committee -  Tuesday 28 November 9.30am 

Resources Committee - Tuesday 5 December 7.00pm

Trust Board - Tuesday 12 December 9.30am

School Achievement Committee -  Tuesday 6 March 9.30am 

Resources Committee - Tuesday 13 March 7.00pm

Trust Board - Tuesday 20 March 9.30am

School Achievement Committee -  Tuesday 26 June 9.30am 

Resources Committee - Tuesday 3 July 7.00pm

Trust Board - Tuesday 10 July 9.30am