Update 13/01/16

It has been 2 years since we began taking in children at Leopold Gwenneth Rickus. Preparation has begun to turn the old boxing gymnasium at the rear of the school into a brand new state of the art sports centre and dining facility. Plans are also under way to build a brand new science block. Works are expected to begin in May 2016. When the final building plans are available, they will be published here. We would like to thank our parents for their patience and understanding.

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Two sites, one school, one head teacher, working to unite the community.

14th July 2016


Dear parents/carers,

What an exciting year we have had, with all the wonderful events taking place.

We have been evaluating all the successes that we have had.

I would like to begin by saying a big thank you to the PTFA at Gwenneth Rickus for organising the Summer Fete with the support of Hawkshead PTFA. It was the talk of Harlesden. It was particularly wonderful to see so many neighbours of the school visiting for the first time. The chair of Governors, Malcolm Boyle, stated that it was so good, that nobody wanted to leave at the end! This event demonstrates what can be achieved with unity between our two sites. It does mean hard work, but commitment, dedication and integrity enabled the success.

Thank you to the governors and staff who have demonstrated loyalty to the school. Staff members have given up their personal time to accompany children on residential trips and have been arriving early and staying late to give booster lessons to pupils.

Over the years, I have seen that the real strengths and successes of the school are our parents and carers who bring their gifts, talents and values into the school life. Over the past year parents and carers have once again supported the school either physically or morally. Without this support the school would not succeed.

This year we have two staff members retiring: Ms Lucy Sheppherd, a senior teacher at Hawkshead and Ms Marina Francis, from the reception office at Hawkshead. We wish them both well in their retirement. Ms Patel and Ms Tina both teachers at Hawkshead, are leaving as they are moving out of London. Ms Innis and Ms Burrell teachers from Gwenneth Rickus along with Ms Fran, are leaving to begin new adventures.

I would like to thank the four assistant head teachers, Ms Kafui, Mr Hacking, Ms Parchment and Ms Raj, for their continued professionalism and dedication to school improvement. They are a great asset to the leadership of the school. I just hope they are not head-hunted by other schools!

Mrs Cheltenham and I are working closely together to build the two sites over the coming years. We have a united vision, along with Brent Education Authority, of the direction in which the school will go. We are encouraged by the wonderful conceptions and ideas that you, the parents and carers, bring to us.

Have a safe and wonderful summer holiday. I look forward to the next academic year to see our children continue to grow into wonderful citizens.

Kind regards,


Audrey B Kendall

Head teacher




Tuesday 12th April 2016


Leopold raising money again!

We have raised £745 worth of books  from the Scholastic book fair.

Daffodil pin sales made £101 and our Easter egg raffle raised £349.

Money will be donated to Marie Curie terminal illness care charity.

Thank you for all your support!

16th May 2016
Syria Shoebox Update-Hand in hand
We have just received these wonderful photos of the children in Syria finally opening their shoe boxes. It’s taken this long to get there as medical supplies had to go in first.
Thanks again to all the pupils and parents who donated these much needed items for the children!

September  2015

Welcome to our school website – I hope that you enjoy finding out all about Leopold Primary School and that it gives you an insight into the ethos of our school. We are a large primary school in Brent and serve a very diverse community, with over 32 different first languages spoken by our children and families.

We are situated over two sites, one on Hawkshead Road, NW10 9UR and one on Brentfield Road, NW10 8HE. There are currently 742 pupils attending the school. Leopold Hawkshead has 460 pupils from Nursery to Year 6. Leopold Gwenneth Rickus currently has 282 pupils from Reception to Year 5. Our future aim is to strengthen the community even further by providing nursery education at the Gwenneth Rickus site.

Our aims and ethos
We pride ourselves on our warm, caring ethos and have a strong reputation for this and for the way in which we celebrate every child’s uniqueness. We have high expectations for all our children in terms of their work and behaviour, offering both challenge and support, to enable them to achieve their very best.

We need to promote the drive for excellence in modern British society. The news everywhere is currently discussing austerity however we need to promote prosperity through outstanding education. Our aim is to provide children with rich and memorable learning experiences, in an ever-changing world and to foster a love of learning, so that our children become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.  We are very proud of our school, of the pupils, the parents, grandparents and extended families. Because of your commitment and trust in the school, we continue to grow in numbers and in strength. We are also proud of our community cohesion links, our strong PTFA and our governors.
We continue our commitment for high standards and to an inclusive ethos. I am very proud to serve as its head teacher.
You are welcome to contact us if you wish to find out any more about the school or to arrange a visit.
Kind Regards,

Mrs A.B. Kendall
Head teacher