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West London Free School - Kensington Primary Academy

The Knowledge Schools Trust

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

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Teaching Staff


Leadership Team

Director of Primary Education, 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.



Headteacher,  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!


Assistant Head, Kate Hitchins

Kate began her teaching career in Australia and studied for a Bachelor of Education at Deakin University in Melbourne. After finishing her degree, Kate moved to England in 2015 and begun working for the Knowledge Schools Trust. She has a passion for teaching Maths and developing and implementing the mastery approach within classroom practices across the trust. Kate likes spending time with her dog and tending to her growing indoor plant collection.



SENDCo and Designated Safeguarding Lead, Helen Millington

Helen started as a Primary Teacher in Hampshire after studying a BA (Hons) in Primary Education and Teaching. After a few years, she went on to complete an MSC in Psychology and moved to London to teach. Having developed her interests in child psychology, Helen went on to do a post graduate certificate in Criminal Psychology, before settling into the role of SENDCO and studying the National SENDCO Award. Helen also loves to read and take part in her local Parkrun every week.



Teachers and Support Staff







Angela Murphy 


Humeyra Buldu




Lucas Marlow

Leanna Penman (Early Years Educator)

Mary Mylona

 Year 1




Layla Bakkali







Wahid Amir

Sengul Ayna

Year 2


Emma Wakefield (Phonics Lead)

Vicki Quinlan

Robert Drury

Year 3

Olivia Forshaw (English Lead)

Kasia Bitel

Laura Halls (School's Direct Student)

Siobhan Byrne

Year 4

Hannah Taylor

Rudi Johnson

Year 5

Sophie Clarke (KS2 Lead)



Amina Diriye

Arabella Sheppard



PE Specialist,

Moses Cummings

Music Teacher,

Fenella Scott

French Specialist,

Catherine Gehin

Art Teacher,

Imogen Gillespie


PPA Cover Teacher,

Joel Wolhuis