Board of Governors
The Board of Governors is responsible for the overall management of the school and ensuring that all statutory requirements are complied with. The Governors delegate to the Head Teacher the day to day organisation of the school discipline and any other matters.
Sophie Garner – Head of Service
Sophie has over 20 years’ experience in the specialist education sector and was Head Teacher of two independent day schools for pupils with complex needs and challenging behaviour. Prior to joining Outcomes First Group in September 2017, Sophie was Education Services Operations Manager for a large independent specialist education provider acting as Chair of Governors for a number of schools in the South of England.
Ciaran Walsh – Executive Headteacher
Previous to becoming Executive Head of the primary and secondary sites, Ciaran held the post of Head Teacher at Yiewsley Grange (primary). Prior to this, Ciaran held the post of Assistant Head teacher and Head of Key Stage 2, as well as a class teacher for six years. Currently, Ciaran is finishing his MA in Education & Technology at University College London with the research area being Assistive Technology for Children with Complex Communication Needs. Before commencing the MA, he completed the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership in 2015 and will be undertaking the NPQH this year.
Michele Lentes – Head of Education
Michele has over twenty years’ experience in alternative education, mainstream and now special education. Previous to her appointment of Head of Education, Michele held the post of Deputy Head teacher at the secondary school. Michele has also held this post in another school for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health challenges. Michele is a qualified SENCO and has developed expertise and training in the area of safeguarding and child protection, of which she now leads in at the secondary site.
Grace Mullally – School Business Manager/Clerk
Grace has thirteen years’ experience of supporting children and young people with a diagnosis of Autism. She has worked at Hillingdon Manor School for the past eight years and has experience of working with students at both primary and secondary stages. During this time, Grace has supported pupils in Key Stage 3, 4 & 5 with future planning and preparing for their transition into their next phase and has established links within the local community to provide work related learning opportunities for pupils. Grace currently holds the post of School Business Manager within the school.
Jane Worsley – Managing Director
Jane has over 30 years’ experience working in health and social care. Starting her career as a Nurse then becoming a Midwife, Jane moved onto management roles in the residential care sector. Jane gained further qualifications through part time study throughout her career, including BA in Professional Studies, MBA and CIPD qualifications. In the last 10 years Jane has held the position of Deputy CEO of a large not for profit social care organisation working with both adults and children with very complex health and or social care needs. Prior to joining Outcomes First Group in March 2016, she was the Chief Operating Officer of Options Group.
Louise Tully-Middleton – External Governor
Louise has over 20 years of experience in the SEN sector and has worked in primary, secondary and further education provisions. Louise has extensive experience of supporting people with ASD and SEMH and her specialist area is developing and embedding strong leadership and management within education settings and children’s homes. Louise is passionate about pupils and staff achieving their full potential and streamlines her focus area around outcomes and the required steps to achieve these.
Nick Armitage – Head teacher Hillcrest Jubilee School – Challenge and Support Governor
Nick is an experienced school leader, manager, teacher, trainer, facilitator and mentor in the fields of formal and semi-formal learning, youth engagement and work force development. He has over thirty years of experience in education, including fourteen years of leadership and consultancy work with a particular focus on SEN settings. An enthusiastic opportunist with a talent for developing learning opportunities from any situation; he is passionate about creative thinking, leadership development, using the expressive arts, harnessing the power of the outdoors and creating environments for synergy to take place in teams. He also enjoys creating positive engagement that leads to asset development in young people, transformational impact, community cohesion, sustainability for young people and intergenerational and cultural understanding. A member of Government development groups, speaker at the Westminster Education forum and national conferences and Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts. Nick is excited and keen to develop this governance role with Hillingdon Manor.