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Autism Practice Lead

Our Autism Practice Lead is Lesley Fleming.  She is responsible for monitoring behaviour support throughout school.

SENCO

Our SENCO is Peter Rimmer.

Speech & Language Therapy

Finnuala Garner and Rebecca Maleedy make up the Speech and Language Therapy Team at Peterhouse School. Finnuala is an experienced specialist Speech and Language Therapist and Rebecca is a newly qualified Speech and Language Therapist with previous experience of working at Peterhouse School.

All children at Peterhouse receive an individual assessment of their current speech, language and communication skills.  This may involve 1:1 sessions with the SLT including formal and/or informal assessment tasks; observations in class/in a group setting; liaison with other professionals and discussions with school staff and parents/carers.  Results of this assessment then determine the future SLT intervention that each student requires. 

Our aim is to ensure that each student achieves their communicative potential.  In order to do this, all students are provided with an SLT Intervention Plan showing targets each student works towards achieving.  SLTs meet with school staff to discuss these Intervention Plans and provide any advice and resources that are required.  

  

Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapists are Denise Bird and Sharon Roberts.

The Senior Occupational Therapist carries out assessments of each pupil’s needs in Sensory Processing, Fine and Gross Motor Skills, Self Care, Visual Perception and Handwriting.  Assessments may include standardised tests, observations and discussions with staff, families and carers.  Where appropriate, the Occupational Therapists will

  • Drawn up individual O.T. programmes

  • Analyse and adapt daily activities

  • Assess for and recommend equipment to facilitate independence.

School Counsellor

Judith Mooney is a qualified counsellor (MBACP registered) with a specialism in Autism.  She has been a member of the staff at Peterhouse School for 17 years

Judith offers free professional and confidential support to all our young people and their families, who may be experiencing difficult personal issues in any way.  She can also offer a link to other professionals at Peterhouse School / College.

Counselling sessions are confidential one to one sessions in a therapeutic environment offering time to explore, understanding thoughts, feelings and any other issues that the client would choose to bring.
Counselling offers an opportunity for client and counselor to work together to gain a deeper understanding of issues that maybe causing a negative effect on the client’s life and through exploring and empowering can bring about positive change

Judith offers one to one Tutorial sessions incorporating counselling skills to young people who are unable to engage into counseling but would value one to one time within a therapeutic environment to address their autism through the areas of the ‘Five Point Star’ by using various therapeutic tools.

Health & Well-being

Our Health & Well-being Co-ordinator is Liz Price.

Practice Teaching Assistants

We have a number of Practice Teaching Assistants who help deliver specialist support programmes in school.  They are:

- Maria Simpkin

- Jill Moniz

- Claire Lytle

HLTA

Our Higher Level Teaching Assistants, Lynne Allister and Kelli O'Neill, are available to provide cover and additional support to classes.

Other Specialist Staff

Enrichment Activities Teacher:  Jill King

Alternative Education & Pastoral Lead:  Barrie Elcoat

Outdoor Education Instructor:  Antony Morrison

Non-Class Based Teaching Assistants

The following Teaching Assistants are not class based but are able to offer additional support and cover in any class as required:

Lesley McDonald, Debbie Pearce, Suzanne Redford

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