William Edwards School – Leading on learning
A profile of the school’s Pastoral Support Staff – September 2013
Mrs Keily Taylor
Keily joined the William Edwards Pastoral team in 2006. Appointed as Pastoral Manager during her time at the school she has amassed a wealth of experience in supporting the pastoral needs of students. Keily’s speciality is in bereavement counselling and supporting those students who are looked after. She has extensive training in attachment issues and the use of art therapy. She has completed the DCSF National Programme for Specialist Leaders in Behaviour and Attendance and is trained in Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution. She is also a trained Listening Mentor.
Mrs Karla Heighway
Karla joined the William Edwards pastoral team in 2005, and was the very first Pastoral Manager in post. She very quickly demonstrated to all staff the strength of having such a position within a school. Karla has completed the DSCF National Programme for Specialist Leaders in Behaviour and Attendance. She has also completed courses in Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution. Mixed with training in Secondary SEAL she is well qualified to deliver various training programmes specialising in social skills. She also presents workshops on self esteem and anti-bullying strategies. Karla is also trained to support those students who are looked after.
Mrs Lisa Meek
As the Family Support Worker, Lisa works across the age range serving two of our main feeder schools Denholme and Stifford Clays Primary, as well as William Edwards School. Lisa has an extensive amount of experience working with families and other agencies, including Woman’s Aid and Social Care, to help overcome barriers to student success. She is trained to support children who are experiencing disaffection with learning and her specialty is working with the parents of students who may need support through a difficult time. Lisa will work with the family and alongside personnel from other agencies.
Learning Resources Manager
Mr Nathan Farrell
Nathan started at Williams Edwards in 2011 and was appointed as a Progress Leader within the Learning Support department. Although relatively new to William Edwards School he has gained a great deal of experience and built up positive relationships with our students. Nathan assesses the learning requirements, helping to identify where support is needed and where progress can best be made. Nathan is training to be a teacher and team teaches with others staff across the English curriculum. He has a good working knowledge and experience of supporting children with special educational needs.
Mrs Lee Mason
Lee has worked at William Edwards School for the past 9 years, having had her own children attend the school. Having trained as an HTLA Lee supports the SEN provision at William Edwards, she is also the school counsellor. She has a level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, which allows her to work with children, adolescents and adults within any given agency. She specializes in bereavement counselling and supporting children with attachment issues, e.g. resulting from parental splits. Lee can work either cognitively; following a humanistic approach or can offer psychodynamic counselling.
Mrs Lesley Ross
Lesley has worked at William Edwards School for the past 8 years, starting as an LSA. After having gained HTLA status she now has the role of Progress Leader. She has completed the Elklan speech, language and communication course in order to support particular students. She is trained to deliver the Why Try programme, as well as Pyramid Training, in order to help students with behaviour, social and emotional difficulties. Lesley has completed a level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.