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Educate Magazine - 2021-05-01

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Abbot’s Lea School’s investment in people

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Abbot’s Lea School has made a number of appointments and internal promotions so far this year. Occupational therapist, Tara Connolly will begin her role on 5 May as one of the four new members of the multidisciplinary team of experts. Boasting a post-graduate qualification in sensory integration, Tara will bring with her a wealth of experience from both the NHS and private sectors and is passionate about providing studentcentred support for the students of Abbot’s Lea School across the 3-19 age range. The school has also recruited four new teaching assistants: Amanda Davin, Millie Powell, Demi Lea and Anita Wilson, whilst Jackie Coysh has been promoted from teaching assistant to a more senior role of a higher level teaching assistant. In addition, the specialist Woolton school has made three internal promotions, following the restructure of the school business support team. Lisa Sharpe has moved from family adviser to safeguarding officer role, supporting care and safeguarding all year round, Jennie Shipley has been promoted from IT technician to IT manager and in September, Keri Myers will move from HR and finance officer to an office manager. Head of HR, Mrs Michelle Griffiths said: “These promotions have come about as a result of a review of all of the non-teaching roles in the school. The review has increased capacity, created new roles and re-aligned some responsibilities – all of which will enhance the education of Abbot’s Lea students and service for their families.” Headteacher of Abbot’s Lea School, Mrs Ania Hildrey said: “We always aim to recruit the best specialists so that we can realise our vision of becoming the best specialist school in the world for our students, their families and the best place to work for our 130-strong team of staff. It is people, after all, that make education happen! “We are delighted to be welcoming Tara to our multi-disciplinary team of therapists. Her expertise and experience will help us ensure we are continuing to deliver the very best support for our students and help them achieve their maximum level of independence so they can access the school curriculum and reach their full potential. Mrs Hildrey added: “We have also been very fortunate to have strengthened our excellent team of teaching assistants and the school’s business support team. “It is an exciting time here at Abbot’s Lea and we will be making further appointments in later months. My door is always open (albeit remotely at current times!) and so, if you are keen to find out more about our school and any vacancies, please contact me and I will always make the time to share our vision, expectations and answer any questions you may have.”

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