The Richmond West Schools Trust
From September 2016, Hampton High and Twickenham Academy joined The Richmond West Schools Trust. This is a multi academy trust led by Waldegrave School and Teddington School and also includes Nelson Primary. This trust was established in order to provide new governance for Hampton High and Twickenham Academy.
The vision of the trust is that all schools are good or outstanding by 2019.
The trust brings together five 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.
Richmond West Schools Trust
Fifth Cross Road
Telephone: 020 8894 3244
Fax: 020 8893 3670
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
RWST Biographies - Trustees
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.
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.
Bill WATKIN: Trustee
After a long career in secondary schools, Bill spent ten years as a Director at SSAT, leading its work on the academies programmes, engaging with academy leaders, sponsors, providers and operators, identifying and brokering the support to meet their individual and collective needs, including through significant DfE contracts.
While at SSAT Bill was also occupied with government policy initiatives and developments, considering their implications for schools, particularly in the context of curriculum, assessments, qualifications and accountability.
In 2016, Bill took up the position of Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association which sets out to represent, promote and support all dedicated 16-19 providers.
Bill has published a French text book and a number of titles about big issues in education. Bill also sits on a number of boards, including the Centre for High Performance, two Multi Academy Trusts, and the DfE Area Review Advisory Group.
John WILKINSON: Executive Headteacher
John is Headteacher of Teddington School and Executive Headteacher 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
Planning Meeting - 5.30pm Monday 19th September 2016
Resources Committe 1 - 7.45am Tuesday 8th November 2016
Achievement/ SFC Committee 1 - 5.30 Monday 14th November 2016
LGB Meeting 1 - 5.30 Monday 21st Novmeber 2016
Resources Committee 3 - 7.45am Monday 5th June 2017
Achievement/ SFC Committee 3 - 5.30 Monday 12th June 2017
LGB Meeting 3 - 5.30 Monday 19th June2017
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|RWST TofR School Achievement Committee||19th Jan 2017||Download|
|RWST TofR Resources Committee||19th Jan 2017||Download|
|RWST Scheme of Delegation Table||12th Jan 2017||Download|
|RWST Scheme of Delegation||12th Jan 2017||Download|
|RWST Master Funding Agreement||19th Jan 2017||Download|
|Hampton Supplementary Funding Agreement||19th Jan 2017||Download|
|Board Membership Info (including register of interests)||18th Jan 2017||Download|