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Aiming High and Caring for Everyone.

Enabling children to flourish and succeed

Skilled Support

Clare Clay: Headteacher, SENCo & Inclusion Team Leader

Clare has worked in special educational needs for 20 years with a specialism in supporting children with challenging behaviours and those with SEMH needs. Clare holds a variety of post graduate certificates in relevant fields.  She has been a SENCo in 2 schools, has experience of working with a range of professionals, lead for Inclusion & SEN for the Academy Trust and works closely with the Local Authority leading an supporting specific areas. Clare is also a qualified Reading Recovery teacher and a licensed Thrive practitioner. Clare is the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school.  

Jess Harrison: Teacher & Trainee SENCo

Jess holds a Bachelor of Primary Education (Special Educational Needs) degree and is currently studying for a National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination post graduate certificate. 

Sarah O'Mara: Play Therapist

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 is a qualified & registered Play Therapist. Sarah is also a trained Dog Mentor and works in school with her therapy dog, Crumble. 

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 

Jane is qualified to degree level and worked in a Leicester City primary school before joining us.  She is a Thrive Licensed Practitioner and a Dog Mentor, which enables her to work with our school therapy dog, Crumble. 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 

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.

Kristie Matthiae:  Assistant Learning Mentor

Kristie has worked at Christ Church & St Peter's school for nearly 3 years, working with students on a 1:1 basis and in small groups. She is qualified to degree level and has run art workshops working with children that find communication challenging. She is currently training to be an ELSA, which will help her to support students with social, emotional or mental health difficulties. 

Crumble: School Therapy Dog


Crumble has completed the Dog Mentor Programme which builds upon the benefits of the human-animal bond by providing children positive experiences with dogs that can help them educationally, developmentally,

emotionally and socially.


Crumble helps to improve

  • self-esteem
  • attention and behavioural difficulties
  • communication and social anxieties
  • engagement
  • anxiety reduction
  • attachment and relationship building
  • desensitisation
  • problem solving
  • social interaction and relationships
  • stress coping strategies

Sandy: School Therapy Dog - in training




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, Oriane Genol,

Jonathan Rashleigh: 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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