Collett Leadership Teams

Leadership Across the Association of Schools:
Executive Headteacher - Mr Stephen Hoult-Allen
Head of Operations - Mrs Manda Sides
Head of Research, Development and Safeguarding – Mrs Kasia Fejcher-Akhtar
Head of Engagement and Fundraising - Mrs Gillian Lawton
Head of Outcomes - Ms Claire Wells

Senior Leadership in Collett:
Head of School - Mrs P Stocks
Chair of Governors - Mr Neil Harper

Middle Leadership:
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

Learning Teams: Staffing Organisation

Lower School

Lower School Lead - Mr A Chaplin
Robins Class– Mrs E Graham
Wrens Class– Mr A Chaplin
Rooks Class– Miss L Turner
Ravens Class – Mrs M Dearlove & Mrs G Smith

Middle School

Middle School Lead - Mr B Linford
Linden Class – Mrs J Witter
Elder Class – Mrs C Self
Mahogany Class – Ms H Davey
Acacia Class – Mr B Linford

Upper School

Upper School Lead - Ms M Brenham (Acting) (Mrs J Witter from Sept)
Sandalwood Class – Miss E Longley
Rosewood Class – Ms M Brenham
Redwood Class – Ms C Wells & Miss D Town (Trainee Teacher)
Post-16 Class – Mr J Tomlinson

Subject Leads

Music - Mrs M Cripps
Cookery –
Sport Tutor - Mr D Stocks

Sensory Interventions (The Hive)

Sensory Interventions Lead - Mrs A Gray
Hive Support Staff Team - Miss L Maloney, Mr M Hunt, Mr J Allen, Mr D Doyle, Mrs J Sears


EHCP Coordinator & Art Psychotherapist – Mrs A Fox
EHCP Worker - Ms Lisa Williams

On-Site NHS Staff: Speech and Language Therapists

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

Supporting Learning - Teaching Assistants

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), Ms K Travers (HLTA)
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), Ms K Kirby (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), Ms S Vaz (TA)

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

Operational Teams: Staffing Organisation

Administration & Premises
Head of Operations – Mrs M Sides
Bursar – Mrs R Lampey
Administrator – Mrs G Panasiuk
Receptionist - Mrs F Chambers (Leave)
Receptionist - Mrs C Manson
Receptionist - Mr T Lawton (Maternity Cover)
Receptionist - Mr A Chard (Maternity Cover)
PA to Mr Hoult-Allen - Mrs M Ellis
Caretaker – Mr N Vaughan

Engagement & Fundraising Team: Staffing Organisation

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

Head of Engagement & Fundraising - Mrs G Lawton
Communications & Engagement Officer - Mr H Crawford
Fundraiser - Mrs J Maddern (Tues/Weds)
Fundraiser - Miss D McQueen (Tues)

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)