St Luke's Leadership Teams 2017-2018

Summer 2018:

Senior Leadership
Executive Headteacher - Stephen Hoult-Allen
Head of School - Jamie Caple
Head of Operations - Manda Sides
Head of Research, Development and Safeguarding – Kasia Fejcher-Akhtar
Interim HfL School Business Manager - Claire Edwards

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 and A Vig-Kis
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 - Mrs L Epps
Dacorum Class - Miss H O'Sullivan

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 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
Ms Lysa Stambach
Mrs C Warner
Miss M Willis
Miss A Vig-Kis

Operational Teams: Staffing Organisation


Head of Operations - Mrs M Sides (from May 2018)
Bursar - Mrs S Lowther (from May 2018)
Administrator - Mrs D Abel
Reception - Mrs C Oriel
Reception and PA - Mrs M Ellis
Premises Manager - Mr T Hall


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.