Richmond West Schools Trust Richmond West Schools Trust

We are Richmond
West Schools Trust


The Trust is formed of two schools, Hampton High and Twickenham School. They work closely together with other local schools including Waldegrave School.

As a Trust, we have the highest possible ambition for our schools and students. There is a strong focus on Teaching, Learning and Leadership and of shared expertise to ensure we are constantly striving for improvement. It is the Trust’s belief that every child deserves the best quality education.

We have made a commitment to our students and families to help both schools improve their Ofsted ratings to Good by 2020 This will ensure we have achieved our aim of making sure all families in our local community can attend a great school of their choice.

Vision and Ethos

Both schools in the Trust have their own distinct identity and ethos. They each have their own vision, values and mission statements. What unites us is a commitment to providing a disciplined, safe and structured school environment which nurtures a strong culture of learning in our local community.

We offer a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum with a strong focus on the acquisition of skills for learning, literacy, numeracy, social and cultural development, employment and citizenship. The Trust is founded on strong leadership from governors, senior leaders, middle leaders, teachers and students alike.

By working together, with support from other schools in the borough, we have a positive influence of the educational provision for our local area to ensure all local students are able to attend a good or better school of their choice.

Our Schools

Trustee Biographies

Michael Wilkinson: Trustee (Waldegrave School)

Michael 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 committee where he has played a leading role in advising the school on reducing its operating expenses. Prior to joining the Governing Body of Waldegrave School, Michael 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. Michael works for BP where he leads a team of 270 process engineers located worldwide.

Annmarie Loughlin: Trustee (Independent)

Annmarie is an accountant (FCCA) with fifteen years’ experience in finance. She has worked as a Financial Controller and Systems Accountant in the commercial and voluntary sectors, including Diabetes UK and Brooklands College. She is a long-term resident of Twickenham and, with two children (one in primary and one in secondary education), she is passionate about local education, ensuring that all children have an equal opportunity to access the highest educational standards irrespective of where they live. Prior to joining Richmond West Schools Trust, Annmarie spent one year as a community governor for Waldegrave School.

Jo Merritt: Chair of Trustees (Independent)

Jo has been a governor in Richmond for ten years most recently for 4 years as Chair of Governors at Stanley Primary School in Teddington. 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. 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. Jo is legally trained and has led teams to harmonise policy & operational practice across Europe for a multi-national corporation. Jo’s children now attend a local secondary community school.

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, Adele is an editor and communications specialist and has run business magazines and websites for several leading UK publishing companies.

Claire Little: Trustee (representing Twickenham School)

Claire has been Chair of Governors at Twickenham School since the school joined the RWST, having previously been Vice Chair of Governors at Teddington School. Claire specialises in Leadership Development and, as a group HR director, supports the Trust from an HR and management perspective.

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 was a deputy headteacher in two schools, an acting headteacher and finally a primary headteacher in Kingston for seven years. She is Director of Children’s Services for Achieving for 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.

Bev Bell: Member

Bev Bell trained as a PE/Science teacher and taught in schools in Colchester, Plymouth and Greenford. 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.

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.

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 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.

Andrea Arbiter: Governance Manager

Andrea has been a clerk to a number of governing bodies of Richmond schools over the past eight years, supporting governors in their contributions to school improvement. She now supports the Members, Trustees and two of the Local Governing Bodies as the Governance Manager, providing administration and clerking services in such a way as to support strategic development.

Siobhan Peters: Trustee (representing Hampton High)

Siobhan is a finance professional and economist with a long career in the civil service, NHS and local government. She has served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including for five years in China, in HM Treasury and the Home Office, and was recognised with a CMG for services to the economics of climate change. She is currently CFO of a large public sector body. She has been involved with Hampton High for five years, as a parent council member for the Learning Schools Trust and then a local governing board member under the RWST. She has been at various times the link governor for special educational needs, maths, and more recently the Chair of the local governing body Resources Committee. She is also an Audit Panel member for the Royal Institution, the charity which brings us the Christmas Lectures to bring scientific issues to life for young people and which has an extensive programme for science outreach in schools.

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020 8893 3670