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; Post Graduate Certificate in Education; 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


“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.”



Victoria Coward – Year 3 Muntjac Class Teacher (Key Stage 2 Leader and Science Lead)

Victoria joined Deer Park School in September 2018 and is leading the school in its next exciting phase in to Key Stage 2.  Victoria is an experienced teacher having taught years 3 through to 6 in her previous school.

“I am so delighted to be teaching at Deer Park School. In keeping with the deer theme I have decided to call the class ‘Muntjac Class’. My father used to tell a joke about Muntjac deer so it is a lovely way to remember him. Chocolate will be our first topic. We shall learn all about how it is made, where it comes from and delve into the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I shall spend the summer cycling, swimming and running in preparation for my triathlon in September with Mrs Bracegirdle. I look forward to getting to know the children, staff and parents.”


Barry Macwilliam – Extended Schools Leader/Physical Education Instructor


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 – Teaching 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/Breakfast Club

“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/School Meals Supervisory Assistant

Barbara has a passion for maths and supports the Year 1 Class most mornings; supervises at lunchtimes; and then works with groups across the school in the afternoon.





Amy Philip – Teaching Assistant


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





Roseanna Goodall- Teaching Assistant

I started working at Deer Park back in January 2018 as a teaching assistant for KS1 – working three days a week. I am now working as a 1:1 Learning Support Assistant and as a Teaching Assistant providing interventions  five days a week. Working with all the wonderful children is very rewarding. I am constantly learning and growing as an individual within my role and no two days are the same which I love. This is more than just a job for me, it feels like home. I am looking forward to growing with the “Outstanding” Deer Park school. I also feel valued within Bellevue Place Education Trust and look forward to a long and rewarding career within the school with HEART!



Lesley Reed – Schools Meals Supervisory Assistant/Breakfast Club/Extended Schools Assistant 







Susanna Clack – Fawn Class Teaching Assistant and Key Worker







Asos Bahri – School Meals Supervisory Assistant


Esmeralda Caro – Office Administrator

Esmeralda joined us in September 2018 to provide much needed front office and administrative support.






Beryl Hawkins – Clerk to the Advisory Board