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Aiming High and Caring for Everyone.

Enabling children to flourish and succeed

Skilled Support

Clare Clay: Head of School, SENCo & Inclusion Team Leader

Clare has worked in special educational needs for over 16 years with a specialism in supporting children with challenging behaviours, having achieved a variety of post graduate certificates in relevant fields.  She has been a SENCo in 2 schools and has experience of working with a range of professionals.  Clare is also a qualified Reading Recovery teacher, the lead professional for Safeguarding and the lead for Inclusion & SEN within the RISE Multi Academy Trust. 

Sarah O'Mara: SEND Lead

Sarah has over 20 years experience of working in primary schools; teaching all age groups and leading the school in a range of areas. Sarah has been a Headteacher in a city school and developed Safeguarding and Wellbeing across an Academy trust to ensure best practice throughout all of its schools. Children’s mental health is an area of particular interest for Sarah who has recently become a Play Therapist and continues her studies in this area.

Nicky Frisby: Senior Learning Mentor, Family Outreach Worker and Play Therapist

Nicky has a Master of Arts in Counselling Children & Young People.  Her passion is in supporting the well-being of children and she undertakes a range of roles here at school.  She has worked as a Family Outreach Worker for many years including working with our local Sure Start Centre.  She has a wealth of knowledge about different ways to support families and has also developed her skills to become proficient in assessing, defining and supporting children’s social and emotional development.

Jane Ford: Learning Mentor (Lower key stage 2 and Key stage 1)

Jane is qualified to degree level and worked in a Leicester City primary school before joining us.  She has a good understanding of early development and has worked in the Early Years Foundation Stage before extending her experience across the primary age range. Jane effectively supports children with a range of needs and delivers highly skilled interventions to meet their needs.

Jo Wardle: Learning Mentor (EYFS & Key Stage 1) and  Learning Intervention Leader

Jo is a qualified Nursery Nurse and has 25 years of experience working in Nursery and Primary school settings.  She has experience of working with children with a range of needs.  Jo is fully trained and highly skilled in a range of interventions and is our Intervention Leader.  Her specialism is in leading a highly skilled reading intervention called Better Reading Partnerships and Read Write Inc as a small group intervention.

 Louise Elliott-Bark: Assistant Learning Mentor (Key Stage 2)

Louise is a qualified Forest School practitioner, Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and is MAPA (Management of Actual or Potential Aggression) trained. This is a method of preventing and refusing challenging situations. It is designed to be respectful to the needs of children and young people while ensuing they feel safe and well supported at times of distress. She has experience of supporting children with their emotional wellbeing allowing them to access learning in the classroom.

 

We have other talented support staff; 

 

Dawn Veasey: Maths Intervention Teaching AssistantDawn leads interventions called Numbers Counts and Numbers and Patterns.  She works 1:1 with children or in pairs (very small groups) to help children develop their understanding of mathematical number and concepts.

Michelle Bradshaw, Kristie Mathiae, 

Jonathan Rashleigh, Katie Wardle: Key workers

All of our Key workers are employed to support specific children (as well as those around them).  They have to have the right experience, knowledge and experience to build the right kind of relationships with our children. Your children deserve the best!

 

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