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West London Free School - Kensington Primary Academy

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

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Leadership Team

Executive Headteacher, Laura Lund

Ms Lund has been a teacher since 1993 having studied for a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) as well as a history degree at Canterbury. She has been a Head teacher for over 13 years at three different London schools managing them all on the journey to outstanding provision. She is a Local Leader of Education and a Professional Partner working to drive school improvement and support new Head teachers. Laura has two children and lives in Chiswick, she enjoys travelling and running.




Head of School, Helen Barnes

Helen Barnes began her teaching career in New Zealand in at a primary school in Christchurch after completing her studies at Christchurch College of Education.  She settled in England in 1992 and has taught and gained experience across all year groups.  She has a passion for teaching English and children's books.  She developed her leadership skills through being a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (gaining the NASENCo Award) and Deputy Head before starting at Kensington Primary Academy in March 2018.  She is also interested in high quality teaching and developing newly qualified staff into competent and courageous teachers.  In her spare time Helen likes to travel and explore new places.  She also likes to cycle, swim and run!


Deputy Headteacher & SENCo, Hannah Abu-Ghaida

Mrs Abu-Ghaida began her teaching career in South Devon in 2006 and taught in all Primary Key Stages before becoming a Special Educational Needs Coordinator in 2010.  She has previously been a Senior Leader of a school in Fulham.  Hannah holds a Masters degree in Modern History from Oxford University.  She subsequently studied for her PGCE at Exeter University, before gaining further specialist Postgraduate qualifications in Special Educational Needs provision from Roehampton University.  Hannah has two children and enjoys practising Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in her spare time.



Teachers and Support Staff

Angela Murphy

Nursery Teacher

Mr Marlow 

Reception Teacher

Emma Wakefield

Year 1 Teacher

Joel Wolthuis

Year 2 Teacher

 Lucas Marlow

Year 3 Teacher




Kate Hitchins

Year 4 Teacher

Imogen Gillespie

PPA Cover Teacher

Art Specialist

Nathan Joseph

PE Specialist

Catherine Gehin

French Specialist

Tara Dodson

PPA Cover Teacher

English Hub Lead

Mary Mylona

Learning Support Officer Nursery

Anne-Marie Amihere

Learning Support Officer Nursery

Leanna Penman

Early Years Educator Reception

Sengul Ayna

Learning Support Officer


Layla Bakkali

Student Teacher Reception


Udbi Kilas

Learning Support Officer Year 1


Learning Support Officer Year 1

Vicki Quinlan

Learning Support Officer Year 2

Natasha Lewis

Learning Support Officer Year 2

Siobhan Byrne

Learning Support Officer Y4 and Lunchtime Supervisor

Rudi Johnson

Learning Support Officer Year 3

Robert Drury

Learning Support Officer Year 3

Laura Halls

Learning Support Officer Year 4

Wahid Amir

Learning Support Officer Year 4

Hannah Taylor

Student Teacher

Year 4