The Collett School Staff 2017-2018

Senior Leadership

Executive Headteacher of Collett, St.Luke's & Forest House – Mr Stephen Hoult-Allen
Head of Research, Development and Safeguarding – Mrs Kasia Fejcher-Akhtar
Head of School – Mrs Pam Stocks
Chair of Governors – Mr Neil Harper

Middle Leadership Teachers

Lower School Lead Teacher – Mr A Chaplin
Middle School Lead Teacher – Mr B Linford
Upper School Lead Teacher – Ms M Brenham (Acting) (Mrs J Witter from Sept)
Sensory Interventions Lead Teacher – Mrs A Gray
SENCO and Outreach Lead Teacher – Miss K Thorp

Classroom Teachers

Robins Class– Mrs E Graham (T),
Wrens Class– Mr A Chaplin (T),
Rooks Class– Miss L Turner (T),
Ravens Class – Mrs M Dearlove and Mrs G Smith,
Linden Class – Mrs J Witter (T),
Elder Class – Mrs C Self (T),
Mahogany Class– Ms H Davey (T),
Acacia Class – Mr B Linford (T),
Sandalwood Class – Miss E Longley (T),
Rosewood Class – Ms M Brenham (T),
Redwood Class– Ms C Wells (T), Miss D Town, (Trainee Teacher)
Post-16 Class– Mr J Tomlinson (T)
Music - Mrs M Cripps (T)
Sport Tutor - Mr D Stocks (T)
Mrs S Lee (T) (Leave)
EHCP Coordinator & Art Psychotherapist – Mrs A Fox
EHCP Worker - Ms Lisa Williams

The Hive Teaching Support Staff Team
Miss L Maloney (TA), Mr M Hunt (TA), Mr J Allen (TA), Mr D Doyle (TA), Mrs J Sears (TA)

Lower School Teaching Support Staff Team
Ms S Prendiville (TA) , Miss K Southwood (NN), Miss D Weston (TA), Mrs K Price (HLTA), Mrs J Sharpling-Smith (TA) Miss E Collisson (TA), Mrs A O’Connor (TA), Mrs T Trainer (TA), Miss T Adcock (TA), Mrs H Byers (TA), Mrs E Wardle (TA)

Middle School Teaching Support Staff Team
Ms K O’Connor (TA), Miss E Browne-Powell (TA), Mrs S Morton (NN, TA), Mrs K Dearlove-Blake (TA), Miss D Rockley (TA), Mrs D Jewell (TA)

Upper School Teaching Support Staff Team
Mrs R Daly (TA), Mrs J Sewell (HLTA) Mrs J Hicks (TA), Mrs J Carter (TA), Mrs E Morrison (TA), Mr A Double (HLTA)

(T)= Qualified Teacher, (TA)= Teaching Assistant, (HLTA)= Qualified Higher Level Teaching Assistant, (NN)= Qualified Nursery Nurse, (UQTeacher)=Teacher without PGCE/BEd

Administration & Premises

Head of Operations – Mrs G Lawton
Bursar – Mrs R Lampey
Administrator – Mrs G Panasiuk
Communications Officer - Mr H Crawford
Receptionist - Mrs F Chambers (Leave)
Receptionist - Mrs C Manson
Receptionist - Mr T Lawton (Maternity Cover)
Receptionist - Mr A Chard (Maternity Cover)
Fundraiser - Mrs J Maddern
Fundraiser - Miss D McQueen (Leave)
Caretaker – Mr N Vaughan

On-Site NHS Staff: Speech and Language Therapists

Mrs L Taylor (Therapist) Tue/Wed
Mr R Martin (Therapist) Wed/Thu

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)