MM GroupAndrew Cole, Chairman of the Governing Body, visited St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School to receive a cheque for £1,000 for the College Building Fund from PTA chair Geraldine Barker and head teacher, Helen Frostick. He was also presented with a beautiful statues of Our Lady from Year 4 pupils Emily O'Connell and George Goddard and Year 6 pupil Mildred Akapabio-Klementowska who will transfer to St Richard Reynolds High School in September. Each of the six Catholic primary schools in the Borough of Richmond has raised money to donate a statue for the College. They will be blessed by Archbishop Vincent Nichols when he comes to Twickenham in September to officially open the school. The statues will be placed in the new classrooms. The College is extremely grateful for this kind and thoughtful gesture from the St Mary Magdelen's school community.


The governing body has made a number of exciting appointments to the College staff who are already working hard planning and preparing both the high school and the primary school to welcome our first Reception and Year 7 pupils this September. All highly experienced, they have been selected from a very high calibre field of candidates to form a team of professionals who will seek to create a world-class Catholic College in Twickenham.

Emma O'Byrne BA MA

Emma OB 0198 loEmma O'Byrne has been appointed to lead the Early Years Foundation Stage in the Primary School and Key Stage One as the school expands. Emma joins the College from St James's Catholic Primary School in Twickenham where she has worked for the past six years. Emma's talent and experience was recognised when she was appointed as the Early Years Foundation Stage Lead Teacher for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Mrs O'Byrne attended Sacred Heart High School in Hammersmith before graduating from St Mary's University College, Strawberry Hill.


Gemma Conway BA - Subject Leader for English 

Gemma ConwayGemma Conway has over ten years of experience teaching in local Catholic schools and is excited about the prospect of joining St Richard Reynolds School and creating an English curriculum that is innovative, engaging and rigorous. She is passionate about her subject and aims to instil a lifelong love of literature in our pupils. A former pupil at St Mark's, Hounslow, Gemma studied at St Mary's University College and Brunel University.



Matt Whitfield BA - Director of Sport and Physical Education

Matt WhitfieldMatt Whitfield is currently head of PE at The Saleisan School in Chertsey where he began his teaching career after graduating from St Mary's University College in 2001. Matt is a keen rubgy man and has represented England at under 16 level and is a county-level tennis and table-tennis player. Matt has a clear vision for the department and is excited at the prospect of leading Sport and PE at the College and creating a wide and enaging curriculum. He also aims to develop sports teams that will rival the best in the area.

Janet Byrne BA - PE teacher

Janet ByrneJanet Byrne is originally from Ireland but moved to London in 2006 to study Physical Education at St Mary's University College before completing her teacher training at Brunel University. Since 2010, Ms Byrne has worked at Harris Academy Morden where she developed several girls' basketball teams who competed in the Surrey Cup for their first time. Ms Byrne is a keen basketball player herself and currently plays for Twickenham Tigers and is eager to set up basketball teams at St Richard Reynolds to compete in local and borough leagues. Jan enjoys playing a range of sports and attending the gym and is excited by inspiring young people to be active and healthy and to enjoy playing sport whether recreationally or competitively.

Duncan Skelton BSc MA - Subject Leader Design Technology

Duncan SkeltonDuncan Skelton is joining St Richard Reynolds after 7 years at The Douay Martyrs School, Ickenham as Head of Resistant Materials and Assistant Head of Year 7. He also brings previous experience as Head of Department in Dubai and a number of years teaching in the North of England. He is very passionate about his teaching; ensuring children leave class as passionate about DT as he is. This is demonstrated through the receipt of the Jack Petchy Award for his services towards education. He has a keen interest in new technologies and incorporates these into his teaching. In 2010 Duncan completed an MA in Education at St Mary’s University College, undertaking his first degree at Nottingham Trent University and his teaching qualification at Sunderland University. Duncan has various sporting interests, and looks forward to working with the school sports teams. He is a keen footballer and cricket player and has represented Great Britain at Under 16 level in Kayaking.

Richard McPaul BA - Subject Leader Art

Richard McPaulRichard McPaul studied Graphic Design and New Media at The Surrey Institute of Art before joining Christ's School in Richmond where he curently runs the Art Department and is Head of House. Richard is an inspirational teacher who understands that Art plays a vital role in a rounded curriculum that enables young people to express themselves creatively in and beyond the classroom. A recent Ofsted report judged his department to be outstanding. A keen cyclist, Richard enjoys rehabilitating vintage bicyles!




Anna Fisher BA ACA FCA - Business Manager

Anna Fisher loAnna Fisher is a Chartered Accountant with experience in financial reporting, internal and external audit, project management and HR. She has worked mainly in media but started her career in public sector audit, specialising in charities and education. Anna attended Gumley House Convent and The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial Schools before studing History at Durham University. She is very excited about being given the opportunity to work in a school that means so much to her personally. Anna's expertise and experience will be vital in developing the College as it expands over the coming years.

 Vanessa Bentham LLCE (Licence en Langues et Civilisations Etrangères) - Modern Foreign and Classical Languages

VanessaVanessa is French with an Italian background; she brought up in a bilingual environment in which she developed a love for language from a young age. She aims to share this passion with her students and show them that a language is something valuable for your life outside and indeed beyond the classroom. She believes that languages, whether classical or modern, broaden horizons and expand the mind with different cultures and this is what she seeks to convey to her students. Vanessa will teach French and Latin at the College.

St Richard Reynolds RBChildren coming to the College in September and their parents joined staff and governors at the chapel of St Mary's University College, Strawberry Hill for a Mass of Welcome. The Rt Revd Alan Hopes, Auxialliary Bishop of Westminster concelebrated the votive Mass of the Feast of St Richard Reynolds with The Rt Revd Howard Tripp, Emeritus Auxiallary Bishop of Southwark with the Deans of Mortlake, Upper Thames and Westminster and clergy from across the Borough. Before the Blessing at the end of Mass, Principal RIchard Burke (left) invited the children who will join the High School in September onto the sanctuary steps to herald them as the very first cohort of children and to recognise the important role they will play in making the school a success and helping to form its character.

The College is grateful to Dr Naylor and his staff at SMUC for welcoming our College community to their beautiful chapel and to Choral Director, Martin Foster. There was a collection for the Westminster Children's Society which raised over £300.

Dance to the rythmn of acclaimed Céilí band, Blackthorn at St James's Catholic Primary School, Twickenham from 8pm until 10:45pm on 21st June 2013. Tickets £15 from St James's PFA or Seamus Joyce on 07969 065009

Free entry to the nearby Prince of Wales public house Summer Beer Festival from 11pm to Midnight
Profits to St Richard Reynolds Building Fund.

See poster for details HERE

Bishop Alan Hopes to celebrate Mass of Welcome

16th April 2013

From Richard Burke, Principal, to new parents and pupils:

Alan HopesI am delighted to welcome your family as one of the first to our new Catholic College, St Richard Reynolds. The opening of our College is an historic occasion; one that will celebrate the efforts of so many people who have worked long and hard to see a Catholic secondary school in this borough. We are privileged that you have put your faith and trust in us to provide, in partnership with you, the education of your child, your precious gift from God. Working closely with you will be crucial in ensuring that our College will be a place where our young people come first, are loved, listened to, challenged and inspired.

To begin our induction process and ensure the primary-secondary transition is seamless, it is with great pleasure that I invite you and your family to our inaugural Mass of Welcome for the first cohort of Year 7 pupils and Reception children and their familes are also very welcome to attend. The Votive Mass of the Feast of St Richard Reynolds will be held on Wednesday 1st May at 7pm at St Mary's University College Chapel. The Principal Celebrant will be Bishop Alan Hopes, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Westminster. I hope that you will be able to join us.