Collett Leadership Teams

Leadership Within and Across the Association of Schools:
Executive Headteacher - Mr Stephen Hoult-Allen
Head of Operations - Mrs Manda Sides
Head of Engagement and Fundraising - Mrs Gillian Lawton
Transitions Coordinator - Mrs Jacqui Roper
Pastoral and Safeguarding Lead - Mr Josh Pollard
Head of Therapeutic Interventions - Mrs Anu Gray

Leadership within Collett:
Head of School - Mrs P Stocks
Chair of Governors - Mrs R Wood
Lower School Lead Teacher – Mr A Chaplin
Middle School Lead Teacher – Mr B Linford
Upper School Lead Teacher – Ms J Witter
SENCO and Outreach Lead Teacher – Miss K Thorp

Learning Teams: Staffing Organisation

Lower School

Lower School Lead - Mr A Chaplin
Bobcats Class - Mrs C Wells
Leopards Class - Ms N Elsden
Panthers Class - Mr A Chaplin
Miss L Turner (Leave)

Middle School

Middle School Lead - Mr B Linford
Palm Class - Ms D Rockley
Bay Class - Mrs C Self
Alder Class - Mrs A Thompson
Teak Class - Mr B Linford

Upper School

Upper School Lead - Ms J Witter
Boudica Class - Ms H Davey
Darwin Class - Miss D Town
Churchill Class - Mr A Double
Mandela Class - Ms J Witter

Subject Leads

Cookery - Ms A Vincent-Jones (Weds/Thurs), Ms T Backhouse (Tues)

Sensory Interventions (The Hive)

Head of Therapeutic Interventions - Mrs A Gray
Hive Support Staff Team - Mr M Hunt, Mrs J Sears, Miss K Southwood (NN)


SENCO - Miss K Thorp
EHCP Coordinator - Ms L Williams

On-Site NHS Staff: Speech and Language Therapists

Mrs L Coyne (Therapist) (Weds/Thurs)
Mrs H Confait (Therapist) (Mon/Weds)

Supporting Learning - Teaching Assistants

Lower School Teaching Support Staff Team
Mrs K Price (HLTA), Mrs J Sharpling-Smith (TA), Mrs H Byiers (TA), Mrs E Wardle (TA), Mrs N Jones (TA), Mrs E Morrison (TA), Mrs F Chambers (TA), Ms S Guilfoyle (TA), Ms K Coughtrey (TA), Ms K Martin (TA)
Middle School Teaching Support Staff Team
Ms L Horbury (TA), Ms C Loveday (TA), Ms S Prendiville (TA), Miss D Weston (TA), Mrs K Dearlove-Blake (TA) (Leave), Mrs A O’Connor (TA), Ms K Travers (HLTA), Miss K Holdsworth (App)
Upper School Teaching Support Staff Team
Mrs S Vaz (TA), Miss E Browne-Powell (TA), Mrs S Morton (NN, TA), Mrs G Koseoglu (TA), Ms K Simmons (TA), Mrs J Sewell (HLTA), Ms T Backhouse (TA), Mr E King (TA)

(TA)= Teaching Assistant, (HLTA)= Qualified Higher Level Teaching Assistant, (NN)= Qualified Nursery Nurse, (App) = Apprentice

Operational Teams: Staffing Organisation

Administration & Premises
Head of Operations – Mrs M Sides
Bursar – Mrs R Lampey
Administrator – Mrs G Panasiuk
Admin Assistant - Miss G Todd (Weds)
Receptionist - Ms H Coghlan (Mon/Wed/Fri)
Receptionist - Mrs C Manson (Tue/Thu)
PA to Mr S Hoult-Allen - Mrs M Ellis
Caretaker - Mr D Bearham

Engagement & Fundraising Team: Staffing Organisation

Our Engagement & Fundraising Team operate across the association of schools.

Head of Engagement & Fundraising - Mrs G Lawton
Fundraiser - Miss R Dickman
Fundraiser - Miss D McQueen (Tues)
Voluntary Photographer - Mr John Russell

Staffing Organisation

The Collett School teaching and support team has continued to adapt to respond positively and creatively to the on-going national and local changes for special educational needs. The current adult ratio and structure reflect the needs of the pupils on roll, and new staff are employed with a view to complement knowledge and skills required to secure the long term success of The Collett School as a top provider of specialist education to all age pupils in the area.

All our teaching staff are qualified teachers with the leadership holding additional MA degrees in education and literature along with further Post-Graduate qualifications. The support staff are well trained, experienced and dedicated with a number of them moving on to secure teaching qualifications. It is the school’s policy to encourage professional development and there are plenty of opportunities to attend internal and external courses as well as lead sessions for colleagues in their specialised areas. Thus, the school enjoys and benefits from a wide range of expertise and individual interests that have an immediate positive impact on teaching and learning.

Out teaching staff regularly mentor PGCE students from Hertfordshire University on long term placements as well as support their professional training on annual short placements during October, December and February each year.

Other Professionals on Site

The Collett School welcomes and works closely with Speech Language and Communication Therapists, a Learning Mentor, Educational Psychologist, Doctors, specialist nurses and Occupational Therapists who collaborate with the staff and form an integral part of the school’s educational provision and daily life. There are a number of other professionals who complement vocational education for older pupils as well as associated college staff and contracted adults, who enrich and add their specialism to our local and meaningful curriculum.

On many occasions, additional external specialists are invited to advise or provide appropriate intervention for pupils who present with unexpected difficulties, or the staff feel that there is a need for further investigation to remove the barriers for learning.

Recent Training Opportunities

The school has enabled teaching and non-teaching staff access to high quality training resulting in obtaining formal qualifications such as:
  • Rebound Therapy
  • Elklan Certificate in Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties
  • Makaton signing
  • Herts Steps Training in positive behaviour for learning for whole school including three trainers
  • Phonics to support reading and spelling
  • SENCO qualification
  • Access to external exams and specific special needs
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Cross school moderation of assessments
  • Subjects standardisation meetings
  • Child Protection Level 1 (3 people level 2)
  • Certificate in Autism
  • First Aid and Paediatric First Aid
  • Subject-specific training and research in line with teachers' responsibilities as leaders or advisors.

There is a Continued Professional Development Handbook that outlines the CPD in-house training for the year.

Non Teaching-Staff

All classes have a leader of learning, and our Nursery Nurses and Teaching Assistants support learning across the school, having specified duties and responsibilities. Most support staff have a role in the classroom, working with the same pupils throughout the day. We also have a centrally located specialist interventions area called The Hive, providing individualised programmes of support for pupils’ sensory, speech and language, OT and behavioural needs. Because of the complexity of the pupils we cater for, teaching assistants have regular access to additional training to meet the needs of the group they work with most of the time e.g. paediatric First Aid, TEACCH, PECS or StepUp training.

Our office staff are dynamic and receptive to parents’ and visitors’ enquiries. They are, as the other non-teaching members of The Collett School employees, well trained and equipped to support a smooth running of the school and contribute to our success. Our business manager of the school has secured numerous funded contracts that have seen the roof renewed, wiring of the school, the installation of a bespoke fire-alarm system, improved telecon services and expected replacement windows for 2017. The school has recently had an Outstanding grade for Health and Safety (Oct 2016)

Staff Resources

Key documents:
See Policies page

Staff links:

Useful websites:

Our People Strategy

The recruitment of staff to our school shall be determined by a number of factors, which may change in focus dependent on the context for employment/ volunteering needs. There are however, certain factors that are non-negotiable:
  • Full, enhanced DBS checks revealing no issues
  • Satisfactory references from checked sources that detail the suitability of the applicant to work with children
  • A compete application form with a full career and education history
  • Evidence of qualifications
  • Evidence of identity
  • Evidence of legal work status in the UK.

The behaviours of the adults in the schools demonstrate our ethos, values and expectations of our selves:
  • Ask for help and guidance where needed
  • Are genuine
  • Are trustworthy
  • Are enthusiastic practitioners
  • Are naturally curious
  • Are passionate about pedagogy
  • Are reflective on their own performance
  • Are effective team players and leaders where appropriate
  • Are appropriately qualified
  • Believe in making a difference
  • Champion the profession of SEND teaching
  • Communicate well (necessary to support our pupils with complex speech and language needs)
  • Communicate the value and worth of people with learning disabilities
  • Demonstrate resilience
  • Demonstrate a positive outlook
  • Demonstrate positive interactions
  • Demonstrate a keen interest in child development
  • Demonstrate solution-seeking behaviours
  • Demonstrate both pride and, humility
  • Enjoy helping others to succeed
  • Have the fitness and stamina required
  • Seek job satisfaction
  • Seek to inspire others
  • Share and convey the values, ethos and culture of the schools
  • Want to leave the school in a better place than whence they found it
  • Work to deadlines.
Possible Career Routes
Apprentice TA
Apprenticeship qualification
Teaching Assistant (TA)
Retail / Business administration / Health & Care services
Business administration / County SEND administrator
HLTA qualification
Play scheme leadership / Charity respite care / Social care administration
Bursar / Office Manager
Finance and business qualifications
Business finance and admin
Unqualified Teacher
BTEC Level 3 / Foundation Degree / Degree
County SEND Officer / Attendance Improvement Officer
Unqualified Teacher / Department Coordinator
BTEC Level 3 / Foundation Degree / Degree
Leadership of Business Operations
SBM qualifications
Multi Academy Trust business management
Teacher: Band One (MPS 1-3)
Examiniations marker / Moderation for exam board / Exam boards administration / Publishers - academic / Drama, arts, science programs in schools
Accomplished Teacher: Band Two (MPS 4-6)
Professional qualifications eg. SENCO
County Special Needs Officer / Union professional / SEND leadership in mainstream
Expert Teacher: Band Three (UPS 1-3)
NPQML / Masters Degree
College teaching and SEND / Tertiary Education tutoring / Leadership of areas in college / NAS accreditor
Leadership of teaching department
NPQSL / NPQH / Masters Degree
Leadership in Post 16 colleges / Assistant Head in secondary mainstream & SEND / Deputy Head primary mainstream & SEND
Leadership of an area of the school
NPQSL / NPQH / Masters Degree
Leadership in Post 16 colleges / Assistant Head in secondary mainstream & SEND / Deputy Head primary mainstream & SEND
School Leader
Headteacher of mainstream & SEND school / Advisor to other schools / County Advisor: SEND / County SN Area Lead
Executive Leader
Advisor to other schools / County Advisor: SEND