St Luke's Leadership Teams

Leadership Across the Association of Schools:
Executive Headteacher - Stephen Hoult-Allen
Head of Operations - MrsManda 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 St Luke's:
Head of School - Mr J Caple

Middle Leadership
Lower School Lead Teacher – Ms S Redhead
Middle School Lead Teacher – Miss H Brookes-Lampard
Upper School Lead Teacher – Mrs L Epps
Sensory Interventions Lead Teacher – Mrs R Andrew
Learning Outside the Curriculum Coordinator- Mr J Croswell
Transitions Coordinator - Ms J Roper
Pastoral Lead- Mr J Pollard

Learning Teams: Staffing Organisation

The restructuring of St Luke's School has a broader Middle Leadership team, with responsibilities and accountabilities for learning and progress in and across departments.

Research & Development


Head of Research, Development and Safeguarding - Mrs K Fejcher-Akhtar
Pastoral Lead - Mr J Pollard
Pupil Testing - Mrs S Brooke

Lower School


Lower School Lead Teacher -Ms S Redhead
Willow Class - Mrs K Quinn
Oak Class - Mrs C Gavigan & Mrs B Boakye
Beech Class - Mrs M Dunn & Mrs B Boakye
Parrots Class - Mrs J Bensissi

Middle School


Middle School Lead Teacher - Miss H Brooks-Lampard
Foxes Class - Ms S Redhead
Turtles Class - Mr Mark Clarke
Doves Class - Mrs M Cochrane
Lizards Class - Miss H Brooks-Lampard
Finches Class - Miss L Maestrani
Owls Class - Miss A Hanko

Upper School


Upper School Lead Teacher - Mrs L Epps
Ver Class - Mr J Burgess
Alban Class - Miss H O'Sullivan
Dacorum Class - Mrs L Epps

Sensory Interventions


Sensory Interventions Lead Teacher - Mrs R Andrew
Sensory Interventions - Mr J Croswell
Medical Needs HLTA - Mrs C Sayer

Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC)


LOtC Coordinator - Mr J Croswell
Animal Care - Mr M Colley
Animal Care apprentice - Miss Z Gibbs
Horticulture - Mrs E Griffin (Maternity Leave)
Horticulture apprentice - Vacancy

Transitions


Transitions Coordinator - Mrs J Roper
Cookery - Mrs S Curran
Topic and Skills - Miss J Lange
Cover and Support - Mrs J Foster

Supporting Learning - Teaching Assistants


Miss A Bateman
Miss E Chapman
Mr N Cooper
Miss K Figueriredo-Lopes
Miss E Gomme
Miss G Harder
Mrs Karakousi
Miss E Kirkpatrick
Ms S Lloyd
Mrs M Mills
Mr D O'Donovan
Mrs T Orchard
Mrs C Warner
Miss M Willis
Miss A Vig-Kis

Operational Teams: Staffing Organisation

Operations


Head of Operations - Mrs M Sides
Bursar - Mrs S Lowther
EHCP Coordinator - Mrs R Barker
Administrator - Mrs W Hollman
Administrator - Mrs D Abel
Reception - Mrs C Oriel
Reception and PA to Mr Hoult-Allen - Mrs M Ellis
Premises Manager - Mr T Hall
Animal Care - Mr M Colley
Horticulture - Mrs E Griffin

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

Here is a quick reference leaflet for staff and volunteers with regards to safeguarding :


St Luke's School's 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 St Luke's.

Our teaching staff team supports qualified trained teachers and those embarking on professional qualifications. Many of our staff hold a range of qualifications including accreditation at Post-Graduate level. 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


St Luke's welcomes and works closely with Speech Language and Communication Therapists, a Learning Mentor, Educational Psychologist, Doctors, specialist nurses, Sensory Impairment specialists 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 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 9 3/4, 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 receptive to parents’ and visitors’ enquiries. They are, as the other non-teaching members of St Luke's employees, well trained and equipped to support a smooth running of the school and contribute to our success.

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 deadlnes

Classes

Draft for September 2018



Willow - Katrina Quinn, Joe Rands, Lisa Stanhope
Oak - Stephanie Redhead, Maya Robinson, Kelly Lopes
Finches - Louise Maestrani, Tina Orchard
Starlings - Kat Douch, Gemma Harder
Doves - Caroline Gavigan, Ellie Gomme
Lizards - Hayley Lampard, Nathan Cooper
Turtles - Paula Leonard, TBC
Parrots - Julianne Bensissi, Megan Willis*
Foxes - TBC, Wendy Trowt
Owls - Adrienn Hanko, Caroline Warner
Ver - Joe Burgess, Spyridoula Karakousi
Heartwood - Helen O'Sullivan, Selina Lloyd
Dacorum - Amy Tallantire, Janine Hicks*
Alban - Mary Cochrane, Ellie Chapman
9 3/4 - Rachel Andrew, Anita Vig-Kis, Danny O'Donovan