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Teaching Staff

Alison Colenso – Headteacher, (Designated Safeguarding Lead, Teaching and Learning Lead, English Subject Lead)

Alison Colenso joined Deer Park School as Headteacher in May 2015.

Prior to joining Deer Park Alison was the Deputy Head Lowther Primary School in Barnes. She has a BA Honours degree and Qualified Teacher Status and a proven track record as a class teacher across the primary range and as a senior leader at borough level.

In her previous roles, Alison had particular responsibility for assessment, behaviour and teaching and learning. Managing change and developing middle leaders have also been key foci having overseen the expansion from a one-form to two-form primary school at Lowther Primary School.

“I am thrilled to have been appointed as Headteacher at Deer Park School. I have lived in the Richmond area for 25 years (working in primary schools for 13 of these) and I am committed to developing Deer Park to be a highly regarded educational establishment for the benefit of the whole community.

“As a highly skilled and established Deputy Headteacher and leading borough teacher, my experiences and skills in developing schools will be put to use in this exciting new venture.

“I look forward to facilitating an excellent education for all children in my school and am fully committed to making Deer Park a school of which the community can be proud.”

Frances Bracegirdle – Assistant Headteacher (Deputy Designated and Safeguarding Lead, Assessment, Attendance and Curriculum Lead)


Our Assistant Headteacher, Frances Bracegirdle, is a highly experienced Key Stage One and Key Stage Two practitioner. She has been at the forefront of delivering a broad, stimulating and well balanced curriculum and has a proven track record of raising attainment across the whole primary range.

“I am delighted to have been appointed as Assistant Headteacher of Deer Park School and I am very excited to join the team in September. Having grown up and taught in Richmond, I value the wealth of inspiring resources that are available from the local area. I am passionate about providing young minds with exciting and stimulating opportunities to develop into happy successful individuals who strive for excellence. I really look forward to meeting you all and working with the whole community.”

Jenny McLellan – Reception (Fawn) Class Teacher, (SENco, Inclusion and EYFS Lead) 

Jennifer McLellan, Reception Class Teacher, is joining us from Chatsworth Primary School in Hounslow where she has been a classroom teacher for four years.  She is a fully qualified teacher with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the London Diocese Board of Schools in Early Years and a BA (Hons) in Event Management.

Jennifer said, “I am so excited to have the opportunity to be the first Reception teacher at Deer Park School and to be part of such an enthusiastic team! I am looking forward to getting to know the families that will create our community and to give each child a positive start to their education.”

Sophie Ballantine – Year 1 (Roe) Class Teacher (Thinking Skills Lead and Maths Subject Lead)

I am delighted to be introducing myself as the Year 1 teacher at Deer Park School. I am really looking forward to working with the enthusiastic and welcoming team. I am excited to be bringing my energy and passion to deliver the best education for your child at this exciting stage in the schools’ development.

“I am excited to be relocating from Cardiff where I have 4 years classroom experience, working across the Key Stages. I am a fully qualified teacher with QTS from The Cornwall SCITT partnership and a BA (Hons) in American History from The University of  Aberystwyth, Wales.”

Rosie Frost – Year 2 Marsh Class Teacher, (Science Subject Lead)

We are delighted to introduce our new class teacher for Year 2 in September 17 — Rosie Frost. Rosie will actually be  joining the team later on in June. This will ensure Rosie has plenty of time to get to know the children and their families.

“I am so looking forward to joining the Deer Park School family as it continues to grow and flourish. Having grown up in the local area and attended school myself in Richmond, I am eager and excited to meet and get to know all of the families and children of the school and building a fun, engaging and creative curriculum.”


Barry Macwilliam – Extended Schools Leader, (Physical Education Lead, PPA Cover, Lunch Cover)

Barry is responsible for the before and after school provision of clubs and activities, as well as liaising with outside providers.





Lavern Williams – Extended Day Assistant







Jennifer Kisby – Extended Day Assistant







Nidhi Khurana – Office Administrator

Nidhi is well known and respected within the borough of Richmond Upon Thames as an exceptionally efficient business support officer working directly with school inspectors and co-ordinating the collation and distribution of many important publications within the local authority. Nidhi will be a very welcome addition to the team with her extensive network of connections across both Richmond and Kingston as well as providing a much needed ‘front of house’ contact for all our parents and visitors.

“I am passionate about working within educational settings and cannot wait to explore this unique opportunity with Deer Park School after working for thirteen years within the education services in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and more lately with Achieving for Children. (Provider of children’s services in Kingston and Richmond) I am a confident, motivated and ambitious individual who is looking forward to contributing and joining the dedicated team at Deer Park school. My aim is to provide an efficient reception service with an excellent level of customer service so I can develop positive relationships with children, colleagues and parents and show my commitment towards being a part of the school. With my knowledge and experience, I will try my best to support the diverse needs of children, families and staff and develop new, innovative ways of working.”

Mandy Ghamloush – Teaching Assistant – Roe Class, Breakfast Club, Lunch Cover 

“I am absolutely thrilled at having the opportunity to work alongside the amazing team at Deer Park, who are dedicated to delivering a high standard of education to each and every pupil who attends their school. I am extremely excited and very much looking forward at the prospect of getting to know all the children and their families and embarking on the journey alongside them over the coming years as the school continues to flourish and grow.”



Barbara Ziaja – Teaching Assistant, Lunch Cover







Amy Philip – Teaching Assistant

Amy is a Teaching Assistant who supports all classes at our school.




Roseanna Goodall- Teaching Assistant

Roseanna is a Teaching Assistant who supports Year 1.




Lesley Reed – Schools Meals Supervisory Assistant 







Susanna Clack – School Meals Supervisory Assistant 






Asos Bahri – School Meals Supervisory Assistant






Beryl Hawkins – Clerk to the Governing Body

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