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Y10 and Year 11 drama visited Baron’s Court Theatre to see Angel Theatre Company’s The Maids


Dance Club and Dance Company learned about ballet and learned new skills during a workshop by the


Y10 GCSE music students heard about a career as a military musician during a visit to Kneller Hall Army Music College


Our Y7/8 netball team showed grit and determination despite a narrow defeat to Hampton Court School


Calling industry experts. We need you for the Twickenham Futures programme. Career Carousel event on March 6. Visit


Students learned about festivals by creating their own and presenting their ideas to the class


Families get the chance to learn about their child’s education at Twickenham School at our Meet the Tutor day


Our Year 11 revision day for maths and English. Students showing wonderful


Calculated the velocity of James Bond’s ejector seat was among the experiments at a science workshop for Y10s held


The Year 8 boys Rugby team showed grit and determination despite a narrow defeat to Christ School


The Y10 boys football team beat Riddlesdown School 7-1 to reach the QF of the Surrey Cup where they will face holders Carshalton Boys


We have an exciting job opportunity for an Attendance Officer to join our team. Please see the link


Year 7 and Year 8 are all set to launch READY STEADY READ this week, when they will be reading for pleasure in the run up to World Book Day


Librarians from Richmond Library Service spoke to year 7 students this week about the role of public libraries and the latest range of books


Y9/10s will get a taste of life at a top university and mentoring from a PHD student during a 12 week Scholar’s Programme at


A big thank you to who have provided the school with this wonderful pottery wheel


Students discussing our Teaching and Learning focused survey at the Student Council.


Students conducted experiments with practising Scientists and engineers when the Lab in a Lorry rolled into the school


Y10 Harmoni Edwards passed her first ever ballet exam at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) with flying colours.


Year 11 students sculpt self-portrait clay busts in art class

The Richmond West Schools Trust

In November 2016, Hampton High and Twickenham School joined The Richmond West Schools Trust (RWST). This is a multi-academy trust (MAT) led by Waldegrave School and Teddington School. This trust was established in order to provide new governance for Hampton High and Twickenham School.  Waldegrave School and Teddington School will join RWST from January 2018. 

The vision of the trust is that all schools are good or outstanding by 2019.

The trust brings together four 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. Led by the Executive Headteachers of Teddington School and Waldegrave School, the trust provides the systems and structures needed to ensure the success of all of the schools. 

Each 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.

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 on how this works is contained in the Scheme of Delegation.

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:

Meeting Schedule

Trust Board Meeting Tuesday 12 September 2017

RWST Strategy Meeting

Saturday 23 September 2017

Achievement Committee 1

Tuesday   28 November 2017

Resources Committee 1

Tuesday    5 December 2017

Trust Board Meeting 2

Tuesday  12 December  2017

Achievement Committee 2

Tuesday    6  March 2018

Resources Committee 2

Tuesday  13 March  2018

Trust Board Meeting 3

Tuesday  20 March 2018

Achievement Committee 3

Tuesday   26 June 2018

Resources Committee 3

Tuesday   3 July  2018

Trust Board Meeting 3

Tuesday  10 July 2018

Trustee Biographies

Jenn Johnson: Trustee

Jenn 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. 

Philippa Nunn: Executive Headteacher

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

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 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.

Mike Wilkinson: Trustee

Mike has been a governor at Waldegrave School since October 2013 and is now co-vice chair of governors. He serves on the Finance and Resources commitee where he has played a leading role in advising the school on reducing its operating expenses. Prior to joing Waldegrave, Mike spent eight years as a governor of Stanley Primary School where he led the team merging the former Infant and Junior schools into one Primary School. He then led the governor team overseeing the rebuilding project. Mike works for BP where he leds a team of 270 process engineers located worldwide.

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.

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.

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 Whithead: 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.

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 Scheme of Delegation Table

RWST Scheme of Delegation

Board Members and Register of Interests