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.
Nick Simpson – Regional Director
Nick has worked in SEN settings across the country for the past 10 years. He has experience in residential care as well as SEN schools. Nick is currently a Regional Director for the group and oversees a number of other successful schools across London and Anglia. In Nick’s previous role he was Headteacher of one of the groups ‘Outstanding’ schools in the Midlands.
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.
Kerry Linden – Governor
Kerry is an experienced senior leader with over twenty years experience in mainstream education, alternative provision and SEMH special schools. She has recently been appointed as headteacher of the new Tower School in Epping, Essex. Originally a key stage 3 and 4 Modern Foreign Languages teacher, she has now worked in leadership across all key stages. She is a qualified SENDCO, experienced Designated teacher for Looked after Children and Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Kerry has a strong ethos of inclusion and a reflective, trauma informed and restorative approach to educational leadership. Her passion remains in removing barriers to enable learning and improve outcomes for all young people.
Lorna Bailey – Governor
My name is Lorna Davies-Bailey and I have had a long career in education both mainstream and in SEN. My career in special needs education began over 12 years ago when I made the transition from a mainstream girls school Camden to an SEN school in Enfield. I have continued in 4 SEN Schools as a senior leader and in each been part of a team which has worked collaboratively towards ‘Outstanding’ judgements from OFSTED – something which I am very proud of. I am now extremely fortunate to be a Head Teacher at Kestrel House School in North London where the primary diagnosis for all learners is Autistic Spectrum Condition.
I am committed to ensuring that children and young people get the best possible start in life so they can reach their full potential. I have seen the challenges that families have to endure and I have always been committed to making a difference and increasing opportunities for children and young people whatever the barriers to learning they may have. I understand the difficult backgrounds many of our children come from and will continue to work with the Head teacher to offer guidance and at the same time facilitate appropriate challenge about school performance and work on school improvement.
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.