Our Leadership Team

Lyonsdown School is led by an experienced Senior Leadership Team (SLT) supported by a professional and experienced team of both Teaching and Support staff who work collaboratively to support our girls’ academic and pastoral development.

Mrs R. Hall: Head

Mrs Hall leads Lyonsdown’s continued delivery of, and drive for, academic excellence.  Mrs Hall has been an integral part of the Lyonsdown community for four years.  She began as a class teacher and quickly took on the role of English Subject Head, followed by a promotion to Assistant Head (Teaching & Learning) and most recently to Head.

She brings an array of knowledge and expertise to Lyonsdown from her previous roles at St Mary’s Primary School and Monken Hadley Primary School, with 12 years of teaching experience.  Mrs Hall has a degree in Sociology from University of London and a PGCE from Goldsmiths College.  Having attended an all girls school herself (City of London School for Girls), she is a huge advocate of the benefits of an all girls education.  She is looking to further develop the curriculum, and all aspects of teaching and learning, to be focused on stretching and supporting girls’ specific academic needs.

Mrs E. Jenner: Deputy Head

Mrs Jenner has recently joined us from Grimsdell, Mill Hill Pre-Preparatory School, where she was Assistant Head (Early Years). As part of the Mill Hill School Foundation, Mrs Jenner has worked closely with the prep and senior schools within the Foundation and is familiar with the North London independent prep school market. She brings with her nearly ten years of experience working in the Early Years and three years of experience working across KS1 and KS2.

Mrs Jenner brings extensive knowledge and expertise in outdoor learning; she has held training sessions for other schools and nurseries on implementing quality outdoor learning within their settings. In addition, she has also been a Guest Speaker at a Barnet Council training session.

Mrs Jenner grew up in Oxfordshire; she attended Headington School in Oxford and earned her Fashion Design degree at London College of Fashion. Mrs Jenner gained her PGCE a few years later from London Metropolitan University, shortly after the birth of her first child.

Mrs Jenner strongly believes that “the pupil’s well-being is the key to happy, successful children, and pastoral care goes hand in hand with academic rigour”.

Miss Z. Telford: Assistant Head, Pastoral

Miss Telford helps to ensure all our girls enjoy their time at school – because we recognise how important emotional wellbeing is in enabling girls to achieve their own personal success.  Her focus is to help ensure a smooth and successful learning journey for each girl as they move up from the Early Years and progress through to Year 6.

Miss Telford is also a long-standing member of the Lyonsdown community, having been at the School for 19 years.  She has vast experience of teaching the youngest year groups at Lyonsdown, having taught in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  Miss Telford has a degree in Theology, Religious Education and Education Studies from University of Roehampton, where she also studied her PGCE.

Mr C. Taylor: Assistant Head, Academic

Mr Taylor brings 25+ years of teaching experience to our SLT. His focus is to further drive our academic rigour and standards, as well as leading on Computing and implementing ICT throughout the school.

He joined us in September 2023 as Year 6 Form Teacher, previously holding the position of Head of Maths at Highgate Junior School for four years. Before this Mr Taylor taught in the maintained sector where he was shortlisted for Teacher of the Year for three consecutive years.

Educated at Newcastle University Australia, Mr Taylor holds a degree in Education, specialising in Early Childhood. Mr Taylor strongly believes in quality first teaching where all pupils can fulfil their academic potential.