The management of the school is led by Mrs Helen Roy, the acting Head teacher.
The office staff manager is Joyce Webb. The office staff are: Alison Page and Jane Allen
Debbie and Rosie are in charge of our school kitchen and lunchtime play time, supported by a team of midday assistants.
Specialist Resources and Support
Working alongside the teaching and child care staff is a group of other professionals whose input is vital for the development of our pupils. These professionals include: physiotherapists, occupational therapists (OTs), school nurses, Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT) and assistant, and music therapist.
Each specialist works in close co-operation with parents and the rest of the team, in order to ensure continuity of management, both at home and school.
Specialist rooms are provided for all these Health Authority services. Each acts as part of a multidisciplinary team with teachers and child care staff and other visiting professionals to provide individual programmes and initiate group or class-based activities.
The Nurses are responsible for the health needs of all pupils at Ridgeway. In addition to clinical nursing tasks such as giving medicines, the nurse is a link between home, school and the health services.
Within the school team, the nurse offers personal counselling and support to pupils and their families, whilst encouraging pupils to consider their health and independence needs in relation to their disabilities and daily living.
Speech and Language Therapy
The Speech and Language therapist and assistant have a special therapy room but also work within the classrooms with selected groups or individual children. Many of the pupils in school have communication difficulties and they are offered a variety of high-tech (communication or digital talkers) or low-tech (communication books) as appropriate to their level of need. The SaLT team work closely with class staff to enable therapy to continue during lessons and activities, and not just in therapy sessions.
Meet the Education staff
Acting Head Teacher
Class teacher: Helen Roy
Nursery Nurse: Jeannette Rinaldi
LSAs: Heidi Steward, Mandy Pullinger, Rozee Rahman, Amanda Panter Rosemary Johnson
Class Teacher : Kerry Clark
Nursery Nurses: Gemma Teji and Donna Law Hing Choy
LSAs: Nadia Harris, Glenn Taylor, Kathy Wiggins, Patience Hobday
Class teacher: Jane Stynes
Nursery Nurse: Trish Smith, Helen McGrath
LSAs: Sandra Harding, Sally Rowe, Mary Beddall, Lisa Murphy, Sinead Lennox
Class teachers: Sally Feihn and Hailey Turner
LSAs: Vanessa Austin, ,Louise Simpson, Anne Perri,Tina O'Connor, Kathleen Walker, Joe Lalor, Sarah Thompson. Paul Rodger and Donna Johnston
Class teachers: Faye Turner, Rachel Lalor
Nursery Nurse: Carole Connolly, Caroline Moore
LSAs: Hayley Brown, Sharon Tomlinson, Charlene Stewart, Sherry Coll,
Communicator: Serena Pattison
Class teacher: Penny Turner, Rachel Francis
Nursery Nurses: Julie Price
LSAs: Allison Sargent, Mary Mingay, Tracey Bennett, Donna Maisey, Carly Wood
Coordinator: Michelle Eglington, Post 16 teacher Lynsey Fleeting
Nursery Nurses: Carolyn Taylor, Diane O'Connor, Nicky Cope
LSAs: Jenny Burt, Sue Leonard, Ann Denton, David Beddall, Susie Eardley, Chris Babbington , Lorraine Gurnhill, Elaine Barrett, Bilal Jilani, Jeannette Umney
English: Jane Stynes
Maths: Hailey Turner
Art: Lynsey Fleeting
Science: Rachel Lalor
PSHE: Sally Feihn
Humanities: Kerry Clark
French: Rachel Francis
RE: Rachel Francis
ICT: Faye Turner
Music: Penny Turner
D&T: Rachel Francis
Early Years : Helen Roy
SENCO: Helen Roy
Educational Visits : Rachel Lalor
Designated teacher for LAC : Jane Stynes
Pupil Premium 1:1 support: Ann Martin, Louise
Sensory support teacher: Rachel Lalor
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and Language therapist:
Speech and language communications assistant: April Warman